Blood Simple

Blood Simple

Director: Joel Coen Cast: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/1995
UPC: 0096898018036
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Getz Ray
Frances McDormand Abby
Dan Hedaya Marty
M. Emmet Walsh Visser
Samm-Art Williams Maurice
Nancy Ginger Girl on Overlook
Preston Robertson Radio Evangelist
William Actor
Deborah Neumann Debra
Raquel Gavia Landlady
Van Brooks Man from Lubbock
Senor Marco Mr. Garcia
William Creamer Old Cracker
Loren Bivens Strip Bar Exhorter
Bob McAdams Strip Bar Senator
Shannon Sedwick Stripper
Holly Hunter Answering machine

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter
Daniel F. Bacaner Executive Producer
Mike Bacarella Producer
Loren Bivens Special Effects
Jean A. Black Makeup
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Ethan Coen Producer,Screenwriter
Julie Hughes Casting
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Barry Moss Casting
Jane Musky Production Designer
Deborah Reinisch Asst. Director
Stephen Roll Set Decoration/Design
Mark Silverman Associate Producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer

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Blood Simple 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Coen's first movie, Blood Simple, is quite possibly one of their best. A tale of revenge and murder gone wrong in a Texas town, it features great dialogue, great acting, suspense and dark humor. Compared with most of their other films, it's noticeably less wacky, but they more than make up for it on the DVD.

As if this movie wasn't wonderful enough on its own, the Coens have added a full-length commentary by Ken Loring, of the ''Forever Young Film Preservation Institute.'' Through this fictional film expert, the Coens poke fun at all of what I would presume are their grievances about film commentaries. He blathers on incessantly about everything (especially over dialogue), explains the ''technical aspects'' of the filming (like how the entire opening highway sequence was filmed in a room with the car upside-down), and urges the viewer to fast-forward through the ''boring parts.''

The other special features are pretty standard, but the sheer excellence of the movie, combined with the hysterically funny commentary make this DVD one to own.
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