Blood Simple

Blood Simple

DVD - 2008
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When Marty, the owner of a backwoods bar, hires a man to kill his cheating wife and her boyfriend, he opens a door into the criminal world that he'll never be able to shut.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : MGM Home Entertainment Inc. : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2008]
Edition: Director's cut
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Blood simple (Motion picture)

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PHAERTE1
Nov 03, 2017

Classic noir.

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brooklynmu
Feb 28, 2017

Great neo-noir film. If you're a fan of the Coen brothers, it's worth a go.

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

Meh. I like the Coen brothers, but this is certainly not their best work. A touch too slow, it's a decent first attempt, what with it being Joel's directorial debut, but the brothers had yet to come into their own. RAISING ARIZONA and FARGO are more my speed. I'd skip BLOOD SIMPLE. You're not missing much.

7duffy Sep 10, 2015

Interesting little film. A bit uneven, but quirky enough to keep you interested. At some points I thought it was more David Lynch than the CoBros, but I like these kind of off-beat stories. I think Coen Brothers fans will enjoy their first effort, but it may not be polished enough for wide-spread consumption.

bears1985 Aug 28, 2014

The story was great but the action and the acting sucked I'd pass on this one but if you give it a try it's better than tv just barly and no commercials but this on drags I warned you

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Monolith
Aug 28, 2013

I never saw this debut neo-noir from the Coen brothers before, and I really enjoyed it. A dark, dark revenge flick, with some twists I didn't see coming, and scored with an atmospheric piano composition adding the perfect eerie mood. All four of the main characters were terrific: (poor Dan Hedaya/Marty... You can't trust *anybody*!); and agreed, 'liquiddemons', Frances McDormand here in her first film was a hottie. FIVE STARS.

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liquiddemons
Jul 14, 2013

A bit clunky but worth a view if you are fan of the Cohen brothers. This, I believe, is their first feature film effort and the bargain-basement peripherals show through in some scenes. I found the plot to have a few holes as well. No spoiler alert but be prepared to be saying "what?" a few times upon viewing. Shout outs to M. Emmet Walsh for a creepy-good performance and of course to Frances McDormand who is good in everything (Cohen-brothers or otherwise) she does. She was a little hottie back in the day too!

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downsman
Dec 12, 2012

I had forgotten how good this movie is. Blackly-comdic noir: a comedy of misunderstandings.

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LetsTalkCandidly
Dec 30, 2011

Quite engaging. There was a bit of drag at times and not a lot of action but the acting was good and the plot kept you from turning away. Mcdormand is always excellent.

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gandhi_senn
Sep 15, 2011

Having heard of its plot beforehand, I had assumed this thriller had been ruined... but thankfully, not at all. The incredible cinematography only highlights how well each scene has been arranged - resulting tension is nearly palpable.

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Monolith
Aug 28, 2013

Meurice: "Howdy stranger." Ray: Meurice. "Meurice. Sorry about last night." Meurice: "No sweat; wasn't too busy. You missed a good one, though. This white guy walks in about one o'clock, and asks if we have a discount for alcoholics... Well, I tell him to get lost, but now Marty's sittin' here, and I can tell he's thinkin' that maybe that ain't such a bad idea..."

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Monolith
Aug 28, 2013

Marty: "I got a job for you." Private Detective Visser: "Uh, well, if the pay's right, and it's legal, I'll do it." Marty: "It's not strictly legal." Private Detective Visser: "......Well, if the pay's right, I'll do it."

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Monolith
Aug 28, 2013

Marty (pushing ten grand across the table with his boot): "Count it... and go." Private Detective Visser: "Naw... I trust ya." (shoots Marty)

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