Ladykillers, The (film) An eccentric Southern professor assembles a band of less-than-competent thieves to rob a Mississippi riverboat casino. When the gang rents a room from unsuspecting, straitlaced, churchgoing little old Mrs. Munson, they get more than they bargained for, along with a strong reminder that crime does not pay. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. A Touchstone Picture. Released on March 26, 2004. Stars Tom Hanks (Prof. G. H. Dorr), Irma P. Hall (Marva Munson), Marlon Wayans (Gawain MacSam), J.K. Simmons (Garth Pancake), Tzi Ma (The General), Ryan Hurst (Lump), George Wallace (Sheriff Wyner), Jason Weaver (Weemack Funthes). 104 min. Inspired by the 1955 film featuring Alec Guinness. It received a screening at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2004.