Introduced by Dan Hedaya
1984, US, Joel Coen, 99 min.
Starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, and Dan Hedaya
Did You Know?
- The title is based on a phrase from the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest, in which "blood simple" is a term coined to describe the addled, fearful mindset people are in after a prolonged immersion in violent situations.
- The official title of the film has a period at the end, although it is often left off in print.
- In order to raise money to make the film, the Coen brothers went door-to-door to potential investors with a short informational trailer they made for the film, and eventually raised $750,000 this way.
Actor and Painter Dan Hedaya is perhaps best known for his roles in Wise Guys, Cheers and Julian Marty in Blood Simple. A graduate of Tufts University and an alumnus of HB Studio in Greenwich Village, his other film credits include Shaft, Clueless, The Usual Suspects, and David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. His stage credits include “The Conjuring an Event,” “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel,” and a number of New York Shakespeare Festival productions. In 2006, Dan Hedaya was awarded the P.T. Barnum Award for excellence in the field of media and entertainment. His paintings can be viewed on Facebook.