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      Blood Simple

      1984, Mystery & thriller/Crime, 1h 37m

      111 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Brutally violent and shockingly funny in equal measure, Blood Simple offers early evidence of the Coen brothers' twisted sensibilities and filmmaking ingenuity. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      "Blood Simple" was the first feature film from Joel and Ethan Coen. This is the newly restored and re-edited director's cut of the film, introduced by Mortimer Young. The stylish crime thriller premiered at film festivals in 1984. "Blood Simple" begins deep in the heart of Texas, where a jealous saloon owner hires a cheap divorce detective to kill the saloon owner's younger wife and her bartender lover. But the detective gets a better idea: he follows the two lovers, and...

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller, Crime, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Joel Coen

      • Producer: Ethan Coen

      • Writer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Rerelease Date (Theaters):

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $1.7M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: USA Films

      • Production Co: River Road

      • Sound Mix: Stereo

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      • Nov 03, 2020

        The Coen brothers introduced their brilliant style of filmmaking with their debut "Blood Simple." Their movies are typically violent and gritty, and often comedic (not much comedy here though), "Blood Simple" starts as a simple tale (pun intended) of revenge that spirals in all the wrong ways. And it introduces us to Frances "freaking" McDormand!

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      • May 09, 2018

        The Coens' first film was this extremely well-written and well-directed neo-noir that blends violence and humor and relies on an insane amount of misunderstandings and absurdities involving its characters - something that would become their trademark narrative style.

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      • Feb 28, 2017

        Blood simple is a noir film with all the familiar ingredient except there are countless of twists. This is Coen brothers' first feature film, they've got what it takes to make masterful works at such an early age.

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      • Mar 28, 2016

        I found most of it boring, but the ending pretty much redeemed the entire film.

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