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Blood Simple. -- 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.
Blood Simple. -- Clip: Money Tirade
Blood Simple. -- Clip: Finding Marty
Blood Simple. -- Clip: Suprise Visit

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Director:
Writers:
Joel Coen (written by) and
Ethan Coen (written by)
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Release Date:
18 January 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Breaking up is hard See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
brilliant noir See more (235 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Getz ... Ray

Frances McDormand ... Abby

Dan Hedaya ... Julian Marty

M. Emmet Walsh ... Private Detective Loren Visser
Samm-Art Williams ... Meurice
Deborah Neumann ... Debra
Raquel Gavia ... Landlady
Van Brooks ... Man from Lubbock
Señor Marco ... Mr. Garcia
William Creamer ... Old Cracker
Loren Bivens ... Strip Bar Exhorter
Bob McAdams ... Strip Bar Senator
Shannon Sedwick ... Stripper
Nancy Finger ... Girl on Overlook
William Preston Robertson ... Radio Evangelist (voice) (as Rev. William Preston Robertson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Holly Hunter ... Helene Trend (voice) (uncredited)

Barry Sonnenfeld ... Marty's Vomiting (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Joel Coen (written by) and
Ethan Coen (written by)

Produced by
Daniel F. Bacaner .... executive producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Mark Silverman .... associate producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Sonnenfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Don Wiegmann 
 
Casting by
Julie Hughes 
Barry Moss 
 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
 
Costume Design by
Sara Medina-Pape 
 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist
Paul R. Smith .... prosthetics
Paul R. Smith .... special effects makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Love .... second assistant director
Deborah Reinisch .... first assistant director
Shannon Wood .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeffrey Michael Adams .... art department assistant (as Jeff Adams)
Kathy Baker .... art department assistant
Shirley Belwood .... property master
Marcos E. González .... property assistant
Nancy Griffith .... set dresser
Michael Peal .... art department assistant
Dave Pearce .... art department assistant
Beth Perry .... special graphics designer
Steve Roll .... assistant to production designer
Robert A. Sturtevant .... art department assistant (as Bob Sturtevant)
David Wander .... photo retouching
Kirk Hunter .... art department assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects: new (directors cut) (as Lew Goldstein)
Bradford L. Hohle .... consultant: Dolby (directors cut)
Peter F. Kurland .... boom
Blake Leyh .... sound effects: new (directors cut)
Skip Lievsay .... sound editor
Michael R. Miller .... sound editor
Jun Mizumachi .... special sound effects
Lee Orloff .... sound mixer
Fred Szymanski .... special sound effects
Mel Zelniker .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Loren Bivens .... special effects coordinator
Michael O'Sullivan .... special effects: mechanical (as Michael K. O'Sullivan)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Creasy .... best boy
Joey Forsyte .... gaffer
David J. Frederick .... focus puller (as David Frederick)
Julie Gant .... second electric
Don Kirk .... clapper loader
Blaine Pennington .... special stills
Tom Prophet Jr. .... key grip
John Shaw .... electrician
Angelo Louis Suasnovar Jr. .... third grip (as Angelo Suasnovar)
Don Wiegmann .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Edith M. Clark .... casting: Austin
Phil DiMaggio .... casting associate
Peter Golden .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chelle Coleman .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Victor Concepcion .... negative cutter
Peggy Connolly .... location editor
David Diliberto .... restoration consultant (directors cut)
Edna Ruth Paul .... editorial consultant
 
Music Department
Murri Barber .... music production
Todd Kasow .... music editor (director's cut)
 
Other crew
Ben Barenholtz .... presenter
Lizanne Brazell .... dialogue coach
Van Brooks .... production assistant
Edith M. Clark .... location manager
Don Hartack .... location coordinator
Melanie Hecht .... production assistant
Darrell Kreitz .... production assistant
Alma Kuttruff .... production office coordinator
Andreas Laven .... script supervisor
Webster Lewin .... production assistant
Marty Mahoney .... dog trainer
Shawn Malone .... production assistant
Tom Martin .... production assistant
David McGill .... production assistant
Jim Pedas .... presenter
Ted Pedas .... presenter (as Ted)
Dan Perri .... title designer
Adam Smith .... production assistant
Ingrid Weigand .... production assistant
H. Harris Willcockson .... location auditor
John Woodward .... production assistant
Richard Woolsey .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Ivan Bigley .... special thanks
George Majesski .... special thanks
Earl Miller .... special thanks
Hilary Nye .... special thanks (as Hilary Ney)
Ron Seres .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blood Simple: The Thriller" - Japan (English title) (director's cut)
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Runtime:
99 min | 96 min (director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Ultra Stereo (original version) | Dolby Digital (director's cut)
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Trivia:
Frances McDormand once noted in a 1996 interview that M. Emmet Walsh was the oldest person on the set.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Reflection of camera crane visible in a phone booth.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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... you're on your own.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Veronica Mars (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Lady in RedSee more »

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50 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
brilliant noir, 26 August 2004

This film is the Coen brothers' homage to the great noir thrillers of the golden age. Cheating spouses, feckless private dicks, mistaken identities, a bundle of dirty cash are rendered to their bare essence in the mess of rotting fish sitting on Marty's desk. The film is notable as much for the audacity of the Coen brothers in getting it made as it is for its success in turning the broad, open expanses of west texas into a claustrophobia unknown even to Saddam in his spider hole. It appears the Coens made five minutes of the film to show to investors, though they had absolutely no idea what the rest of the film would look like. They basically sold the mood of the film, and their efforts bore fruit. The film established the Coen brothers as a creative force and Frances McDormand as a rising art house star whose journey would eventually garner Oscar for the Coens' "Fargo." I rate it highly for visual appeal, intelligent story and good sheer suspense and terror.

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