In A Simple Plan, an average guy, Hank Mitchell, finds a small airplane, crashed in the woods. Inside he finds the pilot dead and a bag of money---lots of money.
Hank thinks of calling the police, but instead makes a simple plan: hide the money for a few months and see if anyone comes looking for it.
His plan is immediately complicated because his brother and a friend are with him and they are not people one wants to be in business with. But they agree to the plan.
What could go wrong?
Noir is full of stories that begin with honest citizens, a bit down on their luck, having a chance to make a big score by doing something a little dishonest with little risk. On the Movie index page for my blog there is Dangerous Lies, 2020. On my Novels Index page: After Dark My Sweet by Jim Thompson, A Touch of Death by Charles Williams, and Out of the Black by John Rector,
A Simple Plan is based on the novel of the same title by Scott Smith. It was his first novel, and he also wrote the screenplay. His success with both is well-deserved. Both are well-crafted exercises in watching it all go wrong.