Blood Simple

DVD - 2001
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Blood Simple
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A jealous husband hires a detective to murder his wife and her lover.

Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2001.
ISBN: 0783261136
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Mar 20, 2015
  • britprincess1 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 28, 2014
  • bears1985 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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

Sep 06, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 14, 2013
  • liquiddemons rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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!

Apr 04, 2013
  • rudyone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw this one again since I first saw it in a theater. I recommended it then because it had a terrific psychological device -- the hand coming around the window that when you watch it, it will make you squirm. It 's so easy to do, without CGI, that I wish I had thought of it. This is a "modern" classic noir in that it is in color but unlike others in color, it actually works. The Coens use lighting much like the noirs in B & W.

Dec 12, 2012
  • downsman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 30, 2011
  • LetsTalkCandidly rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 15, 2011
  • gandhi_senn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 26, 2011
  • sdelao rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved the ending. Overall, a wonderful movie. The direction by Joel Coen was fantastic. Some of the shots of Frances McDormand were incredible. I just love her acting. Highly recommend

Jan 25, 2011
  • mawall rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

great movie with a great twist

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Aug 28, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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..."

Aug 28, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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."

Aug 28, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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