Blood Simple

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Blood Simple
Joel Coen
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Heydaya, M. Emmet Walsh

The Coen brothers’ first feature length film is a comic noir revenge thriller. We can’t give away the whole plot, but it starts when a sleazy Texan saloon owner decides to do away with his wife and her lover by hiring someone to kill them; the killer, needless to say, has other ideas. Hailed as, among other things, “one of the most brazenly self-assured directorial debuts in American film history,” (New York Magazine) this smart spine-tingler features Frances McDormand (Fargo’s irresistible Marge Gunderson) as the witless and wayward wife. “Playfully shot by Barry Sonnenfeld and featuring a haunting score by Carter Burwell and a cunning performance by Frances McDormand, Blood Simple was a career-launching film for this ensemble and the first articulation of the precision of style that has defined the Coens’ work ever since.” (Janus Films)


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1 hour 37 minutes
release year/country
1985 USA