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Blood Simple Details

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In the first film of brothers [[Performer~P85375~Joel Coen~joelcoen]] and [[Performer~P85372~Ethan Coen~ethancoen]], [[Performer~P74461~M. Emmett Walsh~memmetwalsh]] plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty ([[Performer~P31477~Dan Hedaya~danhedaya]]) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby ([[Performer~P47305~Frances McDormand~francesmcdormand]]) and her paramour, Ray ([[Performer~P26636~John Getz~johngetz]]), 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 7, 1984

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Barry Sonnenfeld Best Cinematography 1985 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Joel Coen Best Director 1985 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Joel Coen Grand Prize: Narrative 1985 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Joel Coen Best Screenplay 1985 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Ethan Coen Best Screenplay 1985 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards M. Emmet Walsh Best Actor 1985 Winner

Cast

John Getz
as Ray
Frances McDormand
as Abby
Dan Hedaya
as Marty
M. Emmet Walsh
as Visser
Samm-Art Williams
as Maurice
Shannon Sedwick
as Stripper
Van Brooks
as Man from Lubbock
William Creamer
as Old Cracker
Holly Hunter
as Answering machine
Loren Bivens
as Strip Bar Exhorter
Raquel Gavia
as Landlady
Bob McAdams
as Strip Bar Senator
Deborah Neumann
as Debra

Crew

Joel Coen
Director
Mike Bacarella
Producer
Ethan Coen
Producer
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Barry Sonnenfeld
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Roderick Jaynes
Editor
Jane Musky
Production Designer
Mark Silverman
Associate Producer
Stephen Roll
Set Designer
Loren Bivens
Special Effects
Deborah Reinisch
First Assistant Director
Barry Moss
Casting
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