Blood Simple

Blood Simple

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Director: Joel Coen

Cast: Joel Coen, John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya

     
 

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In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight

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In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. False assumptions, guilt, and fear all lead to a frantic attempt to conceal evidence and the heart-pounding, irony-filled denouement. Blood Simple was re-released in the summer of 2000 with a digitally-remastered soundtrack and -- at the Coens' behest -- a few minutes of dialogue trimmed.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Blood's not so simple when you're trying to clean a floor drenched with it, but that's all part of the fun in the Coen Brothers's auspicious debut. Directed by Joel, produced by Ethan, and written by both of them (their standard operating procedure), Blood Simple tells the story of a bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a private detective (M. Emmet Walsh) to kill his unfaithful wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). Not much goes according to anyone's plan here, however, and Blood Simple delights with clever plot twists and turns, which are conveyed through audacious camera moves and richly expressive black-and-white photography. There's solid acting all around, but it is Walsh who steals this show in perhaps the best role of his career: He's perfect as a slouching, overweight archetype of snide cynicism. Performances aside, the film is a celebration of style and irony and a showcase for director Joel's visual inventiveness. A seminal film in the American independent movement as well as a cult classic, Blood Simple succeeds brilliantly as film noir even as its tongue alternates from cheek-to-cheek.
All Movie Guide
A tribute to American film noir, Blood Simple was the Coen Brothers' remarkably confident film debut. It introduced the world to the brothers' dark and enjoyably warped vision, setting the tone for their later and increasingly famous works. Blood Simple also established the Coens as some of the most innovative filmmakers of their generation, featuring acrobatic camera manipulation and stunningly effective point-of-view shots, the most memorable of which is M. Emmet Walsh's view of a dripping sink. For his part, Walsh gave one of the best performances of his career, a savory blend of amoral sleaze and mean-eyed greed. His performance is the black heart and soul of Blood Simple, a film that churns with sadistic good humor as it delivers a brutal yet beautifully executed shot to the head.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2011
UPC:
0883904241430
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with Kenny Loring of Forever Young Films; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Getz Ray
Frances McDormand Abby
Dan Hedaya Marty
M. Emmet Walsh Visser
Samm-Art Williams Maurice
Nancy Ginger Girl on Overlook
Preston Robertson Radio Evangelist
William Actor
Deborah Neumann Debra
Raquel Gavia Landlady
Van Brooks Man from Lubbock
Senor Marco Mr. Garcia
William Creamer Old Cracker
Loren Bivens Strip Bar Exhorter
Bob McAdams Strip Bar Senator
Shannon Sedwick Stripper
Holly Hunter Answering machine

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter
Daniel F. Bacaner Executive Producer
Mike Bacarella Producer
Loren Bivens Special Effects
Jean A. Black Makeup
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Ethan Coen Producer,Screenwriter
Julie Hughes Casting
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Barry Moss Casting
Jane Musky Production Designer
Deborah Reinisch Asst. Director
Stephen Roll Set Decoration/Design
Mark Silverman Associate Producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer

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Blood Simple 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Coen's first movie, Blood Simple, is quite possibly one of their best. A tale of revenge and murder gone wrong in a Texas town, it features great dialogue, great acting, suspense and dark humor. Compared with most of their other films, it's noticeably less wacky, but they more than make up for it on the DVD.

As if this movie wasn't wonderful enough on its own, the Coens have added a full-length commentary by Ken Loring, of the ''Forever Young Film Preservation Institute.'' Through this fictional film expert, the Coens poke fun at all of what I would presume are their grievances about film commentaries. He blathers on incessantly about everything (especially over dialogue), explains the ''technical aspects'' of the filming (like how the entire opening highway sequence was filmed in a room with the car upside-down), and urges the viewer to fast-forward through the ''boring parts.''

The other special features are pretty standard, but the sheer excellence of the movie, combined with the hysterically funny commentary make this DVD one to own.
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