Blood Simple

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Time Out says

Hugely enjoyable film noir in which a Texan bar-owner hires a seedy private eye, first to spy on his wife, then to kill her and her lover. Instead, the eye (a marvellous performance from Walsh), having collected his fee, executes a variation on the contract. Whereupon things take off in a maelstrom of misunderstanding that spreads guilt and fear like a plague through the characters, and escalates a nightmarish terror (premature burial, murder by battery, crucifying impalement) that owes some debt to the horror comic. A remarkably assured debut for Coen, formerly assistant editor on The Evil Dead.
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UK release:

1983

Duration:

99 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Joel Coen

Cast:

Samm-Art Williams, M Emmet Walsh, Dan Hedaya, Frances McDormand, John Getz, Deborah Neumann

Music:

Carter Burwell

Production Designer:

Jane Musky

Editor:

Don Wiegmann, Roderick Jaynes

Cinematography:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Screenwriter:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Producer:

Ethan Coen

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