IMDb > Blood Simple. (1984)
Blood Simple.
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Blood Simple. (1984) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 26 | slideshow) Videos (see all 4)
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


User Rating:
7.7/10   63,039 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 7% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Joel Coen (written by) and
Ethan Coen (written by)
View company contact information for Blood Simple. on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
18 January 1985 (USA) See more »
Breaking up is hard See more »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Try to watch this without talking to the characters... See more (251 total) »


  (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)

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)
Robert A. Sturtevant .... carpenter
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)
Transportation Department
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
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
Bruce Campbell .... budget consultant (uncredited)
Bruce Campbell .... stand-in: Dan Hedaya (uncredited)
Sam Raimi .... budget consultant (uncredited)
Sam Raimi .... car provider (uncredited)
Ivan Bigley .... special thanks
George Majesski .... special thanks
Earl Miller .... special thanks
Hilary Nye .... special thanks (as Hilary Ney)
Ron Seres .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blood Simple: The Thriller" - Japan (English title) (director's cut)
See more »
99 min | 96 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Ultra Stereo (original version) | Dolby Digital (director's cut)
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Video rating) (director's cut) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:-12 | Germany:18 (video rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Frances McDormand once noted in a 1996 interview that M. Emmet Walsh was the oldest person on the set.See more »
Continuity: When we first see Abby's revolver in her purse, it is a detective-style gun with an enclosed hammer and no cocking lever. For the rest of the movie, it is a standard revolver with a cocking lever - a completely different gun.See more »
[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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Llamando a un ángel (2008)See more »
He'll Have To GoSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
106 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
Try to watch this without talking to the characters..., 21 April 2000
Author: William Ross from Atlanta, Georgia

I think this film, probably more than any other, causes me to talk to the characters on the screen in an exasperated way--something akin to the way you want to yell at the characters in a slasher movie not to run outside to investigate sounds.

The only difference is that this film is fantastic, whereas cheap slasher movies are not. Blood Simple is emotionally involving and the suspense is played to perfection. While the characters are completely clueless as to what has gone on around them, we know everything. What we don't know is what the characters are going to do next.

As in every Coen film, things quickly get out of control. Some people have commented that the characters here acted unbelievably, but I'd have to say that when you think about their situations, the reactions are completely compatible with the way the characters are set up. The problem is that nobody knows what's going on except the viewers.

Coen fans will notice many recurring themes from their other films (especially Fargo and The Big Lebowski) such as the use of headlights, passing motorists witnessing a crime, shower curtains and bathroom windows, detectives driving VW beetles, husbands hiring the wrong people to carry out a crime... I had a longer list in mind earlier while watching it but I've forgotten some. It's almost like these films all go together as a series of films depicting how similar situations would end up in different locations in America.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (251 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Blood Simple. (1984)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The original theatrical release. bermudamohawk
What earlier movie had the same bullet holes in the wall scene? j-pudwill
Movie's end. sticks114
Abby vs. other Coen Brothers villains hkamls
Did anyone else really enjoy the ending song? LarryKingGeoff
Please help!! danastarbuck
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Fargo The Last Seduction Grosse Pointe Blank Freeway Bad Santa
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.