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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.
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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:
The Coens' first great piece of cinema See more (241 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)

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)
 
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)
 
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:
Officially, the title is spelled with a period at the end - it appears this way on screen. Most television listings and video releases leave the period off.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Phone continues to ring after Abby picks it up.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:
References Dial M for Murder (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
Louie LouieSee more »

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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The Coens' first great piece of cinema, 16 July 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

As far as directorial debuts go, few are as ambitious and inventive as the Coen brothers' first film, Blood Simple, as it mixes genres and moods in a way that anticipated Tarantino's similar experiments by a decade, while still retaining an apparent simplicity, both narratively and formally, that few people originally saw as the beginning of one of American cinema's most extraordinary careers.

Set in a stark Texas landscape, Blood Simple opens on a premise that seems to be borrowed from the likes of Double Indemnity or The Postman Always Rings Twice: someone steals another man's wife. However, the two adulterous lovers (Jamie Getz and Frances McDormand) do not plan to assassinate the betrayed husband (Dan Hedaya). On the contrary, he hires a sleazy PI (M. Emmett Walsh) to spy on them to carry out some twisted plan of his own. That is, until the investigator goes rogue and the situation escalates in the most grotesque of ways.

This escalation is matched by the Coens' constant shifts between genres, achieved through lighting, music and camera movements. Noir, straightforward thriller, horror, black comedy: Blood Simple is each of these and all of them at once, but the transition is never forced or unnatural; in fact, these transitions occur because somehow the story itself demands that they happen. In a way, this is a film that is aware of its own fictitious nature and toys with it as much as possible - because it can. This has since become a trademark of the two brothers, and it is as fresh and original now as it was back in 1984.

The same can be said of the four main actors: Getz and McDormand (soon to be Mrs. Joel Coen) form a solid leading couple, thoroughly menaced by the sudden ferocity of Hedaya, then best known for playing Rhea Perlman's dim-witted ex-husband on Cheers (an image he gladly, and expertly, reverses here). And then there's Walsh, who takes his practically identical role in Blade Runner and increases the character's unlikability, turning in one of the most brutally charming villainous performances of the '80s (and of the Coen canon).

Joel and Ethan Coen had a very clear idea of what they wanted to achieve in the movie business from the get-go, and Blood Simple is one of the best examples of this: for 90 minutes, it takes you to a whole new world, one that most people are happy to revisit as often as they can.

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