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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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18 January 1985 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blood Simple: The Thriller" - Japan (English title) (director's cut)
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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)
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Did You Know?

Jim Piddock provided the voice of fictional film historian "Kenneth Loring" on the DVD audio commentary track, which was scripted by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.See more »
Continuity: When Ray and Marty are on the dark road, Ray is driving a 1966 Buick Skylark, but when he shifts gears we see a shot of a dashboard with a round speedometer marked in both MPH and KM/H. '66 Skylarks have a horizontal speedometer and would either be marked in MPH (USA) or KM/H (Canada), but not both.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.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998)See more »
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Four Fish On The Desk, 27 July 2015
Author: Sword Of The Protector from United States

Spoilers Ahead:

I know Ebert calls it Noir, it has shadows and misanthropy, all the characters are evil but their is no moral protagonist, ergo, it cannot be Film Noir. Please, watch Out Of The Past, Laura, Kiss Of Death: Film Noir has a moral protagonist who is often killed or if they survive, like Mildred Pierce, they are severely damaged. That is the touchstone, take it from someone who owns hundreds of Film Noir. The shadows and everyone but the protagonist being a rat, these are tangential: the quintessential feature is Morality wins at great cost. Often the moral protagonist is destroyed as in: Kiss of Death, Out Of The Past, Double Indemnity. The issue aside, this is a great movie. The fish on the desk what beautiful imagery; that is the existential metaphor for these four. Lauren, the smiling ghoul, with the flies constantly on his body; another well done piece of symbolism. Getz's Ray is very evocative of Fargo's killer devoid of the power of speech. Ray is so lost among events which even Marty tries to clear up for him. Watch when Abby uses the very same phrase Marty presciently predicted,"Ray, I don't know what you're talking about, I ain't done nothing funny." Ray's fog clears for a moment and he sees that perhaps he isn't getting the deal of the century he envisioned.

Walsh is the star of this movie: yes, they are on their own. All their plans come unraveled little pieces of fate, a picture left here, a lighter there. The whole structure of their lives collapse like a house of cards. The fragility of human life how the structure is interconnected, in a matrix, between these four. The movie, like the later Coen film, No Country For Old Men, portrays the world as a meaningless interconnected web of relationships. One alteration, the killing of Marty by Lauren, brings them all, except Abby into the fly zapper behind Marty. These little mistakes, the lighter on the desk, the picture in the safe unleash a hurricane of unintended consequences. Abby's planted gun, Lauren not shooting Marty fatally lead to a nightmare for everyone involved. A very well written, suspenseful movie replete with pop out scares. It is unexpected if it is anything. I dare anyone to tell me what is going to happen next the first showing. This gives it verisimilitude because life is exactly like this: unpredictable and chaotic.

We hear this out of Lauren in the opening narration. No matter how well you plan, life has a way of messing everything all up. It is a nihilistic classic; there is no moral order here. The survivor, the faithless wife, who utters the very words that confirm every word Marty said about her is not a moral protagonist of Classic Film Noir. She is the last rat standing. The film is an exceptionally scary, creepy dark as midnight treasure. It is not for the kiddies. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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