Blood Simple

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Blood Simple ★★★½ 1985 (R)

A jealous husband hires a sleazy private eye to murder his adulterous wife and her lover. A dark, intricate, morbid morality tale that deviates imaginatively from the standard murder mystery thriller. First film scripted by the Coen brothers. 96m/C VHS, DVD . John Getz, M. Emmet Walsh, Dan Hedaya, Frances McDormand, Samm-Art Williams, Van Brooks, Lauren Bivens, Holly Hunter; D: Joel Coen; W: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen; C: Barry Son-nenfeld; M: Carter Burwell. Ind. Spirit '86: Actor (Walsh), Director (Coen); Sundance '85: Grand Jury Prize.