Blood Simple

Blood Simple
  • 1983
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)
  • Written by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Cast: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M Emmet Walsh

Auspicious debut from the Coen brothers' direction/production team. Walsh excels as the seedy sheriff investigating a simple murder whose devilish Texan chronicle of double-crossing is anything but simple. An enthusiastic attempt at contemporary film noir which keeps everyone guessing even after the final frame.

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Kinokulture, Oswestry (0.0 miles)

9 Arthur Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1JN
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Thu 30 Nov


Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries (0.0 miles)

Mill Road, Dumfries, DG2 7BE
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Mon 27 Nov


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Blood Simple: The Director's Cut

Joel and Ethan Coen’s thrilling debut feature – a stylish, imaginative and hard-boiled neo noir – marked their arrival as important and distinctive new cinematic voices on its release three decades ago, and we're delighted to screen it in a luminous new 4K DCP restoration, approved by the Coens and the film’s cinematographer, Barry Sonnenfeld.

Immediately pulpy and cultish in feel, Blood Simple possesses all the characteristics that propelled the Coens to later success – razor sharp dialogue; a predilection for lethal and futile violence; ironic, fatalistic humour; and an inventive focus on the tragicomic lives of idiosyncratic misfits.

M. Emmett Walsh is sleazy Texas private eye Visser, hired by bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to kill his unfaithful wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). Given a plan to work from, he decides to modify it without warning; and matters quickly spiral out of control.

Beautifully shot and performed and with a haunting score by the Coens’ longtime collaborator Carter Burwell, it’s a landmark film, a trailblazing, near virtuosic debut which reinvented the noir for a new generation and marked the arrival of two filmmakers who would go on to revolutionise the American indie cinema scene.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

USA 1984 (4K digital restoration 2017)

Cast: Frances McDormand, John Getz, Dan Hedaya, M Emmet Walsh

Run time: 96 mins

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