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Blood Simple (1984)

Cast: John Getz, John Getz, Frances McDormand, more...
Director: Joel Coen, Joel Coen
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Drama, Independent, Suspense/Thriller, Neo Noir, Neo Noir
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. False assumptions, guilt, and fear all lead to a frantic attempt to conceal evidence and the heart-pounding, irony-filled denouement. Blood Simple was re-released in the summer of 2000 with a digitally-remastered soundtrack and -- at the Coens' behest -- a few minutes of dialogue trimmed. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

a great first film. by gisellebill September 26, 2003 - 4:38 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
if this doesn't get you shouting to characters on the screen, nothing will. you can rely on everyone to do exactly what they shouldn't... making it deliciously entertaining. don't expect the same laugh-out-loud quirky humor of the coens' later films, but you'll find the masterful use of regional color injected into every Coen project.

Creepy and lots of blood by hneline1 April 15, 2002 - 11:56 AM PDT
4 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Seeing this movie doesn't make you feel positive about humanity. I have to say that I couldn't get engrossed in this film, like I did with "O Brother Where Art Thou?" or "Fargo", because the film noir style in general is too dark for me. However, the Coen brothers' touch is definitely here in their first film -- it's an excellent exploration of motives and personalities where the environment is just as much a character as all the actors. Good acting, good plot...

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