The producer Max Barber (Robert de Niro), is indebted to the famous lender Reggie Fontain (Morgan Freeman) after his latest film failures. With his whole life at stake, Max decides to produce a new film in order to kill the main character and collect the insurance. But when Max chooses Duke Montana (Tommy Lee Jones) as his protagonist, he didn’t expect this old drunk to be a breath of fresh air in front of the camera! Unable to kill Duke in a basic trick, Max puts him in increasingly dangerous situations. And while Duke survives trick after trick, Max ends up making the best movie of his career.