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Blood Simple


Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

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About the Movie

Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner sets off a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy hat, and no moral compass, and Frances McDormand’s cunning debut performance set her on the road to stardom. The tight scripting and inventive style that have marked the Coens’ work for decades are all here in their first film, in which cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld abandons the black-and-white chiaroscuro of classic noir for neon signs and jukebox colors that combine with Carter Burwell’s haunting score to lurid and thrilling effect. Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, Blood Simple reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 96
  • Fresh: 90
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Black humor, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen's Blood Simple, a directorial debut of extraordinary promise. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The Coens, then as now, are alive to the possibilities of movies. So savor their technique and the sizzling performances. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 6, 2007

Fresh: Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Finally this movie is available for digital download! One of the best noir movies ever from the amazing Coen brothers.

A truly excellent film

This movie is so well done. The writing, the dialogue, the acting, suspense, etc. It's a quick one too...keeps you interested throughout. I highly recommend this film to any Coen Bros. fan.

This is one of their best!

A classic

A must see for any fan of noir cinema.

Blood Simple
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1985

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