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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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Julian Marty
Private Detective Loren Visser
Samm-Art Williams ...
Deborah Neumann ...
Raquel Gavia ...
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 ...
Nancy Finger ...
Girl on Overlook
William Preston Robertson ...
Radio Evangelist (voice) (as Rev. William Preston Robertson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helene Trend (uncredited) (voice)
Marty's Vomiting (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Joel Coen
Ethan Coen ... (uncredited)

Written by

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)

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

Editorial Department

Victor Concepcion ... negative cutter
Peggy Connolly ... location editor
David Diliberto ... restoration consultant (directors cut)
Edna Ruth Paul ... editorial consultant

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 / 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) / 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 ... 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 ... assistant camera / 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

Location Management

Edith M. Clark ... location manager
Don Hartack ... location coordinator
H. Harris Willcockson ... location auditor

Music Department

Murri Barber ... music production
Todd Kasow ... music editor (director's cut)

Script and Continuity Department

Andreas Laven ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Joseph Lockwood ... driver / transportation

Other crew

Ben Barenholtz ... presenter
Lizanne Brazell ... dialogue coach
Van Brooks ... production assistant
Melanie Hecht ... production assistant
Darrell Kreitz ... production assistant
Alma Kuttruff ... production office coordinator
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
John Woodward ... production assistant
Richard Woolsey ... production assistant
Bruce Campbell ... budget consultant (uncredited) / stand-in: Dan Hedaya (uncredited)
Sam Raimi ... budget consultant (uncredited) / 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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Plot Summary

Texas bar owner Julian Marty, who is generally regarded as not a nice person, hires shady private detective Loren Visser, who is able to obtain what Marty requests evidence - in this instance, photographic - that his wife, Abby, and one of his bartenders, Ray, are having an affair. As Ray and Abby realize that Marty has found out about them, it allows them to plan for their future away from Marty, while be up front with Marty about the situation. Marty, in turn, decides to hire Visser once again, this time to kill Abby and Ray, and dispose of their bodies so that they won't be found. The out in the open affair and the contract hit lead to some actions based on self interest, and a standoff of sorts between the four players, which is compounded in complexity by some wrong assumptions of what has happened, with an innocent bystander, another of the Marty's bartenders, Meurice, potentially and unwittingly adding to the scenario. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The first film by Joel and Ethan Coen (2016 Re-Release) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Blood Simple: The Thriller (Japan, English title)
  • Blood Simple. (France)
  • Sang pour sang (France)
  • Blood Simple - Eine mörderische Nacht (Germany)
  • Sangre fácil (Spain)
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  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $42,971, 09 Jul 2000

Did You Know?

Trivia On the advice of Sam Raimi, the Coens went door-to-door showing potential investors a two minute 'trailer' of the film they planned to make. They ultimately raised $750,000 in a little over a year, enough to begin production of the movie. See more »
Goofs The German shepherd at Ray's house is different than the one at Marty's. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1989). See more »
Soundtracks It's the Same Old Song See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits list the main cast, but none of the crew. All of the crew credits are at the end of the film, starting with Joel Coen as director. 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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