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Blood Simple

Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Run Time: 99 min. Format: Digital Rating: R Release Year: 1984

Starring: Dan Hedaya, Frances McDormand, John Getz, M. Emmet Walsh

In the Coen Brothers’ debut feature film we learn than no matter how rich or how jealous a man is, killing his wife is never simple.

Blood Simple is a dark and suspenseful thriller that begins when Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) hires a private investigator Vissar (M. Emmet Walsh) to spy on his young cheating wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her lover Ray (John Getz). From this point, the film involves plot twists and turns, murders and mistaken deaths, misunderstanding and deceit as the characters play, and prey, upon each other. Shot in such a way that plays upon the audience’s voyeurism and assumptions, Blood Simple continues to remain fresh and innovative – a must see on the big screen.

Part of Nitehawk’s COEN BROTHERS BEFORE FARGO January series.