In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. False assumptions, guilt, and fear all lead to a frantic attempt to conceal evidence and the heart-pounding, irony-filled denouement. Blood Simple was re-released in the summer of 2000 with a digitally-remastered soundtrack and -- at the Coens' behest -- a few minutes of dialogue trimmed. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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The Coen brothers first movie and the brilliance is developing, but it is not the low-budget masterpiece you would hope for. The P.I. is an excellent character, the husband a good quirky villan, the lead actor is nicely conflicted, and it is impossible to guess the turns of the plot. That is the good stuff. However, the male and female protagonists are often annoyingly stupid, the female lead is undeveloped, the plot depends on people conveniently not talking to each other, and the art direction/cinematography isn't up to the standards of later Coen films. (...and the dog is an interesting character that they shouldn't have dropped without explanation.) Overall an interesting, but somewhat annoying film.