Blood Simple script
Blood Simple (1984)
Synopsis: "Blood Simple" was the first feature film from Joel and Ethan Coen. This is the newly restored and re-edited director's cut of the film, introduced by Mortimer Young. The stylish crime thriller premiered at film festivals in 1984. "Blood Simple" begins deep in the heart of Texas, where a jealous saloon owner hires a cheap divorce detective to kill the saloon owner's younger wife and her bartender lover. But the detective gets a better idea: he follows the two lovers, and...


An opening voice-over plays against dissolving Texas

landscapes--broad, bare, and lifeless.


The world is full of complainers.

But the fact is, nothing comes with

a guarantee. I don't care if you're

the Pope of Rome, President of the

United States, or even Man of the

Year--something can always go wrong.

And go ahead, complain, tell your

problems to your neighbor, ask for

help--watch him fly. Now in Russia,

they got it mapped out so that

everyone pulls for everyone else--

that's the theory, anyway. But what

I know about is Texas...



We are rushing down a rain-swept country road, listening to

the rhythmic swish of tires on wet asphalt.


And down here... you're on your own.


We are looking at the backs of two people in the front seat--

a man, driving, and a woman next to him.

Their conversation will be punctuated by the occasional glare

of oncoming headlights and the roar of the car rushing by.

The windshield wipers wave a soporific beat. The conversation

is halting, awkward.


...He gave me a little pearl-handled

.38 for out first anniversary.




...Figured I'd better leave before I

used it on him. I don't know how you

can stand him.


Well, I'm only an employee, I ain't

married to him.



Pause, as an oncoming car passes. Finally:


...I don't know. Sometimes I think

there's something wrong with him.

Like maybe he's sick? Mentally?...

Or is it maybe me, do you think?


Listen, I ain't a marriage counselor.

I don't know what goes on, I don't

wanna know... But I like you. I always

liked you...

Another car passes.


...What're you gonna do in Houston?


I'll figure something out... How

come you offered to drive me in this



I told you. I like you.


See, I never knew that.

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Joel Cohen and Ethan Jesse Coen

Joel David Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Jesse Coen[ (born September 21, 1957), collectively referred to as the Coen brothers, are American filmmakers. Their films span many genres and styles, which they frequently subvert or parody. Their best-reviewed works include Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), No Country for Old Men (2007), A Serious Man (2009), True Grit (2010), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). more…

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