Blood Simple

Blood Simple

By Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Date: 1985-01-18
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Production Company: River Road Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 867 Ratings


Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner sets off a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy hat, and no moral compass, and Frances McDormand’s cunning debut performance set her on the road to stardom. The tight scripting and inventive style that have marked the Coens’ work for decades are all here in their first film, in which cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld abandons the black-and-white chiaroscuro of classic noir for neon signs and jukebox colors that combine with Carter Burwell’s haunting score to lurid and thrilling effect. Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, Blood Simple reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene.




  • A classic

    By spike91
    A must see for any fan of noir cinema.
  • A truly excellent film

    By Headphone Life
    This movie is so well done. The writing, the dialogue, the acting, suspense, etc. It's a quick one too...keeps you interested throughout. I highly recommend this film to any Coen Bros. fan. This is one of their best!
  • Finally!

    By jimb_in_Az
    Finally this movie is available for digital download! One of the best noir movies ever from the amazing Coen brothers.