Blood Simple (1984)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1984, .  Screenplay by Joel Coen, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Ethan Coen.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,

The Coen Brothers got off to a great start with their popular film debut, an excellent tale of murder and adultery in the style of the great 1940s film noirs.

Frances McDormand leaves her husband to run away with bartender , but they don’t have far to go before her husband () hires a ruthless private investigator () to go after them.

Walsh is hired to kill them but has other things on his mind when he finally comes into contact with the dangerous lovers, and from there things get very complicated. The Brothers Coen would get better at refining their style and character development, but for a first stab this one is definitely worth a go.

The Criterion Collection:  #834

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