Blood Simple. (1984)

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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.

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  • Dan Hedaya and M. Emmet Walsh in Blood Simple. (1984)
  • M. Emmet Walsh in Blood Simple. (1984)
  • Dan Hedaya and Frances McDormand in Blood Simple. (1984)
  • M. Emmet Walsh in Blood Simple. (1984)
  • M. Emmet Walsh in Blood Simple. (1984)
  • Frances McDormand in Blood Simple. (1984)

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A Guide to the Films of the Coen Brothers

From Blood Simple to the new The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, we take a look at the offbeat stylings of Academy Award-winners Joel and Ethan Coen.

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Directors:

Joel Coen , Ethan Coen

Writers:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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Trivia

The title is based on a phrase from the Dashiell Hammett novel 'Red Harvest', in which "blood simple" is a term coined to describe the addled, fearful mindset people are in after a prolonged immersion in violent situations. Blood Simple writers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen later made Miller's Crossing (1990) ... ...


Quotes

Private Detective Visser: The world is full o' complainers. An' the fact is, nothin' comes with a guarantee. Now I don't care if you're the pope of Rome, President of the United States or Man of the Year; somethin' can all go wrong. Now go on ahead, y'know, complain, tell ...


Goofs

When we first see Abby's revolver in her purse, it is a detective-style gun with a dark finish and dark handle with an enclosed hammer and no cocking lever. For the rest of the movie, it is a shiny silver ivory grip revolver with a cocking lever - a completely different gun.


Alternate Versions

For the 1998 restoration, the Coen brothers not only remixed and re-recorded new sound effects for the stereo soundtrack, but made some minor trims to various scenes and dialog:

  • Maurice asking a bar patron at the jukebox what night it is and realizing it's "Yankee Night", he explains he's from Detroit, thus justifying his intervention of the patron's musical selection.
  • Ray sticking his cigarette in the stuffed warthog's nose at Marty's house, and the following lines: RAY: You gonna leave all this stuff? ABBY: It's all Marty's.
  • After Marty suggests to the P.I. the "incinerator" as a means of destroying the evidence of his proposed murder, the P.I.'s line: "Sweet Jesus, you're disgusting!" is deleted.
  • A couple lines from the landlady showing Abby the studio apartment (mainly assuring her Abby won't be bothered at that location) before she starts yelling at her ex-brother-in-law, are deleted.
  • As Marty opens his safe to retrieve the bounty money (and swap the photo) his line: "This is an illicit affair" has been removed, although he can still be seen mouthing it.
  • When the P.I. shoots Marty, a couple shots are removed of Marty and the P.I. staring at each other after the gunshot.
  • When Ray and Abby are discussing "what happened", in her studio apartment, and Ray feels cold enough to rise from his seat, the shot of him steadying the walrus piggy-bank is removed and his dialog is heard off-screen to cover this change.
  • When Abby goes to see Maurice about her concerns, the scene cuts as soon as she enters. In the original version, the scene continues and she is seen inside his place and he pours a drink while assuring her that Marty is not dead, even though she is very worried that he is. Some of the dialog from inside the house is placed over the shot outside Maurice's door before Abby goes in, in the 1998 version.
  • A new page of credits is added at the end, covering the restoration.


Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams
By
Don Gibson
Published by Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Special Markets

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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