Tag Archives: Frances McDormand

Blood Simple. (1984) Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Crime, Thriller

blood-simple-1984
Texas bar owner Julian Marty, who is generally regarded as not a nice person, hires shady private detective Loren Visser, who is able to obtain what Marty requests: evidence – in this instance, photographic – that his wife, Abby, and one of his bartenders, Ray, are having an affair. As Ray and Abby realize that Marty has found out about them, it allows them to plan for their future away from Marty, while be up front with Marty about the situation. Marty, in turn, decides to hire Visser once again, this time to kill Abby and Ray, and dispose of their bodies so that they won’t be found. The out in the open affair and the contract hit lead to some actions based on self interest, and a standoff of sorts between the four players, which is compounded in complexity by some wrong assumptions of what has happened, with an innocent bystander, another of the Marty’s bartenders, Meurice, potentially and unwittingly adding to the scenario.

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Hidden Agenda (1990) Ken Loach, Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Drama, Thriller

Hidden Agenda (1990)
When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man’s girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth… which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder.

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