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R| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
"Blood Simple" was the first feature film from Joel and Ethan Coen. This is the newly restored and re-edited director's cut of the film, introduced by Mortimer Young. The stylish crime thriller premiered at film festivals in 1984. "Blood Simple" begins deep in the heart of Texas, where a jealous saloon owner hires a cheap divorce detective to kill the saloon owner's younger wife and her bartender lover. But the detective gets a better idea: he follows the two lovers, and...

Cast: John Getz , Frances McDormand , M. Emmet Walsh , Dan Hedaya , Samm-Art Williams , Deborah Neumann , Senor Marco , William Creamer

Director: Joel Coen

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: USA Films

Blood Simple (1984)

Release Date: January 18th, 1985|1 hr. 37 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Savor their technique and the sizzling performances of Frances McDormand as an adulterous wife, Dan Hedaya as her vengeful husband and M. Emmet Walsh as a private detective from hell. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It is an exploitation picture disguised as a hipster comedy. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized. show more

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