“A tricky, amusingly self-conscious, scream-at-the-screen thriller, the beginning of the brothers’ inexhaustible exploration of blind self-interest and its catastrophic consequences.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neo-noir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases 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 hired by bar owner Julian Marty (Dan Hedaya). Julian suspects that his wife Abby (Frances McDormand) is having an affair with one of Julian’s employees, a bartender named Ray (John Getz) and he wants revenge. Double-crosses and dastardly deeds ensue.
Don’t miss this electrifying debut from the filmmaking duo that would transform the American independent cinema scene.