Rent Blood Simple (1984)

3.5 of 5 from 212 ratings
1h 35min
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Synopsis:
Deep in the heart of Texas, a jealous bar owner hires a private eye to kill his wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover. The sleazy hitman (M. Emmet Walsh) double-crosses the husband, killing him instead and pocketing the cash. The perfect crime or so it seems, but disposing of the corpse is not so simple. 'Blood Simple' uncoils its film noir plot with audacious style, dense atmosphere and blood-curdling twists. The razor-sharp debut of Joel and Ethan Coen will have you on the very edge of your seat.
Actors:
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Directors:
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Voiced By:
William Preston Robertson, Holly Hunter, Barry Sonnenfeld
Writers:
Joel Coen
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

1985 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

BBFC:
Release Date:
01/01/2001
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 'The Big Lebowski' Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
95 minutes

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Reviews (2) of Blood Simple

A little dated yet worth watching - Blood Simple review by Corinthian

Spoiler Alert
15/02/2009

This film has a no frills feel about it with some scenes having a cult type feel about them. It's not gripping but nevertheless hold the attention right to the dramatic climax.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Brilliant, influential movie - forerunner of Fargo and Shallow Grave - Blood Simple review by PV

Spoiler Alert
24/04/2013

If you want to have a real cinematic treat, watch this, and then Shallow Grave and/or Fargo: you will see that Fargo is essentially a bigger budget remake of this, and Shallow Grave (directed but not written by Danny Boyle, and still his best film, I think - way better than the tedious Trainspotting or the sentimental wallowing of Slumdog) lifted so much from it. Some scenes (light shining through bullet holes)were 'taken' directly from here for Shallow Grave.

The best thing about this film is the script: tight, terse, pithy and funny. Some great lines.

It has a plot to die for (literally!).

Nice direction too.

The weak things about this movie?

Well, it is dated - and looks dated even for 1984!

And the music - much of it hispanic - is awful. Also, the black barman character was an unnecessary distraction, included probably for the interesting contrast between a Detroit Motown-loving outsider black man in Countrya nd Western territory.

But really, still 4.5 stars, despite the creaky bits!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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