Simple Men is a 1992 American film written and directed by Hal Hartley and starring Robert John Burke, Bill Sage, Karen Sillas, and Martin Donovan. It was the debut film of actress Holly Marie Combs, in a supporting role. It was entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2]

Simple Men
Poster of the movie Simple Men.jpg
Directed byHal Hartley
Written byHal Hartley
Produced byJerome Brownstein
StarringRobert John Burke
CinematographyMichael Spiller
Edited bySteve Hamilton
Music byHal Hartley
Distributed byFine Line Features
Release dates
  • February 11, 1992 (1992-02-11) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • September 15, 1992 (1992-09-15) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • October 14, 1992 (1992-10-14) (New York City, New York & France)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States


Brothers Bill and Dennis reunite after their anarchist father escapes from the hospital.

Bill is angry after being double-crossed after a robbery by his girlfriend, and he promises to break the heart of the next woman he meets, while Dennis is fresh out of college and somewhat naive about the world. Dennis is set on finding their father, and Bill is broke, so they set off to find him.

Their motorcycle breaks down near a diner in the middle of nowhere, where they meet the beautiful Kate, mysterious Elina, and short-tempered Martin. They decide to stay for a few days and gradually become entangled in local life.



Simple Men features the song "Kool Thing" by the American alternative rock band Sonic Youth.

A portion of dialogue from the film can be heard in the song Paradise off the hip-hop album E&A by Eyedea and Abilities.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Simple Men". Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (October 14, 1992). "Simple Men (1992) Review/Film; Mismatched Brothers On a Godardian Road". The New York Times.

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