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Plot, Details & Awards

Blood Simple

R In Theaters 01/18/1985 , 97min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Joel Coen Nominated
1985 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor M. Emmet Walsh Won
1985 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Nominated
1985 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Ethan Coen Nominated
1985 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Barry Sonnenfeld Nominated
1985 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Joel Coen Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Won
1985 Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize: Narrative Joel Coen Won

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