Blood Simple


Sioux Falls State Theatre Wed, Apr 26 7:00 PM
Sioux Falls State Theatre Sat, Apr 29 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:The Coen Brothers Directors Series
Release Year:1984
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Joel Coen
Cast:John Getz
Frances McDormand
Dan Hedaya
Samm-Art Williams
M. Emmet Walsh
Produced By:Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Screenwriter:Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Music By:Carter Burwell


The 16th Best Actress of All-Time: Frances McDormand - The Cinema Archives

"Blood Simple" was the first feature film from Joel and Ethan Coen. This is the newly restored and re-edited director's cut of the film, introduced by Mortimer Young. The stylish crime thriller premiered at film festivals in 1984. "Blood Simple" begins deep in the heart of Texas, where a jealous saloon owner hires a cheap divorce detective to kill the saloon owner's younger wife and her bartender lover. But the detective gets a better idea: he follows the two lovers, and...


"Brutally violent and shockingly funny in equal measure, Blood Simple offers early evidence of the Coen brothers' twisted sensibilities and filmmaking ingenuity."

"As black, sinful and nasty as a weekful of Hitchcocks, this is as fresh and intoxicating now as it was back then. In a word: deadly. "

"An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller...Performances are top-notch all around, Walsh in particular conveying the villainy and scummy aspects of his character with convincing glee. "

"If you are squeamish, here is the film to make you squeam."
Roger Ebert

"Savor their technique and the sizzling performances of Frances McDormand as an adulterous wife, Dan Hedaya as her vengeful husband and M. Emmet Walsh as a private detective from hell."
Rolling Stone

"BLACK humor, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen's Blood Simple a directorial debut of extraordinary promise."
The New York Times

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