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Blood Simple 15 rating

The Coen Brothers' neo-noir thriller debut is both brilliantly grisly and darkly comic.

Film noir 1983 92 mins

Director: Joel Coen



Set in a dusty Texan town, this neo-noir thriller follows bar owner Julian Marty (Dan Hedaya), who hires a P.I to follow his wife Abby (Frances McDormand), whom he suspects is cheating on him. Blood Simple transformed American independent cinema and marked the arrival of one of the most acclaimed filmmaking teams of our time. The Coen Brothers' debut establishes their interest in dumbness as a plot engine, and in tweaking genre conventions.