Blood Simple

Film, Thrillers
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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.


Release details

99 mins

Cast and crew

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