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Blood Simple. (1984)

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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.

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Man from Lubbock
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Mr. Garcia
William Creamer ...
Old Cracker
Loren Bivens ...
Strip Bar Exhorter
Bob McAdams ...
Strip Bar Senator
Shannon Sedwick ...
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Nancy Finger ...
Girl on Overlook
William Preston Robertson ...
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A bar-owner in Texas is certain that his wife is cheating on him and hires a private detective to spy on her. This is just the beginning of a complex plot which is full of misunderstandings and deceit. Ethan and Joel Cohen's first feature film. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Dead in the heart of Texas See more »

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18 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,971 (USA) (7 July 2000)

Gross:

$1,690,913 (USA) (20 October 2000)
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Private Detective Visser: [narrating] The world is full o' complainers. An' the fact is, nothin' comes with a guarantee. Now I don't care if you're the pope of Rome, President of the United States or Man of the Year; somethin' can all go wrong. Now go on ahead, y'know, complain, tell your problems to your neighbor, ask for help, 'n watch him fly. Now, in Russia, they got it mapped out so that everyone pulls for everyone else... that's the theory, anyway. But what I know about is Texas, an' down here... ...
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The Lady in Red
By Mort Dixon (as M. Dixon) and Allie Wrubel (as A. Wrubel)
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra)
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Simple it ain't, excellent it is!
7 February 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

The film debut of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen was this low-budget film noir that makes for a chilling and dark thriller.

Texan bar-owner hires a sleazy honky to murder his wife and her lover, but things are going to go very wrong.

A terrificly strange, highly suspenseful, and oddly humorous film, it isn't hard to see how the Coen brothers went on to become one of the most unique filmmaker teams in Hollywood. The story of Blood Simple recalls all of the thriller genres, from old pulp fiction tales to drive-in horror films, and is given off-beat twists (as well as truly dark humor) that keep it oh so edgy through out. The story also possesses some memorable characters. The direction is slickly well done, adding lots of dark atmosphere to the film along with an increasing sense of dread.

John Getz turns in a nicely subtle performance as the film's occasionally foolish hero. The great Frances McDormand is solid as our heroine. Dan Hedaya is perfectly sinister as McDormand's ill-fated husband. M. Emment Walsh is terrifically spooky as our unlikely assassin.

All around Blood Simple is a fine thriller that never fails to be captivating.

**** out of ****


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