Blood Simple Movie Review Summary

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

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Marty, the owner of a scummy bar in a small Texas town (Hedaya), is sure his wife Abby (McDormand) is cheating on him with a bartender, Ray (Getz). He hires Loren Visser (Walsh), a sleazy private detective, to get proof, and then to kill the lovers. But Visser takes the money and kills Marty instead, since he'd have to kill him anyway to keep him quiet, and this way he'll only have one murder on his hands. But the misunderstandings, deceit, and double and triple crosses don't stop there. This jumpy and ironic 1984 noir was not only the first feature film by writer-director brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, but the debut of its star McDormand (who married Ethan Coen soon after), cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld (who went on to become a fine director in his own right), and composer Carter Burwell. It's not perfect, but it is memorably entertaining.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

BLOOD SIMPLE is a movie written, produced and directed by the Coen brothers in 1983. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Marty's wife, Abby, is cheating on him with Marty's employee Ray. But Marty has hired a private detective who comes up with incriminating pictures. Marty asks the detective to kill the two lovers while he's going on vacation. But the detective is smarter than Marty thought and imagines a scheme involving the murder of Marty by Abby and Ray.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   spurned lover goes for revenge Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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