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Blood Simple

  • 1983
  • Joel Coen
  • 98 mins
  • 18

Summary

Thriller starring John Getz and Frances McDormand. Strip-club owner Julian Marty hires private detective Visser to kill his wife and the club bartender she is having an affair with. But instead of carrying out his assignment, Visser sets out on a twisted and deadly scheme of his own.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A jealous Texas husband hires a sleazy private eye to murder his adulterous wife and her lover in this thriller, the Coen brothers' feature debut. Blending elements of James M Cain, film noir, Hitchcock thrillers and contemporary horror movies, this dark morality tale deviates imaginatively from the 1940s murder mysteries that it evokes. The acting is first rate (the long road to Frances McDormand's Oscar for Fargo started here) and the atmosphere is appropriately brooding. The Coens' use of light and space is impressive, and the innovative camerawork (by Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld) to increase the suspense is breathtaking. A modern classic.

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Credits

Cast

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RayJohn Getz
AbbyFrances McDormand
Julian MartyDan Hedaya
VisserM Emmet Walsh
MauriceSamm-Art Williams
DebraDeborah Neumann
LandladyRaquel Gavia
Man from LubbockVan Brooks
Mr GarciaSenor Marco
Old CrackerWilliam Creamer

Crew

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DirectorJoel Coen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Palace Pictures
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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