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Blood Simple 1984
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  • Joel Coen
  • January 18, 1985
  • 97 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Thriller
Breaking up is hard to do.
The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.

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I really enjoy watching great directors' first films. You see a lot of what you expect their style to be in that early stage, where it usually isn't super defined yet. This absolutely feels like a Coen brothers film, but it has those rough edges around it that, honestly, kind of enhances it a bit for me. The plot is fairly simple, but the slow scenes are still very entertaining due to great dialogue. My favorite stuff though has to be the finale. Great tension and engaging/realistic outcomes. Check this out for sure if you like the Coens.

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Remind me of Fargo and Dial M for Murder

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An amazingly strong debut from two directors who would go on to dominate the film industry. The trademark humor, cinematography, over the top characters and themes that are present in many of their following films can be found here. It may be their first attempt at film-making but it is still one of their best.

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