This debut by the Cohen brothers is a stunner. I thought so back in 1984 and seeing it again now I still think so. A dark noirish thriller of particularly unpleasant goings on deep in the heart of Texas the film grips from beginning to end. It's a masterclass in direction and for me the Coen's, great as their career has been, have never equaled this slow burning thriller. Excellent as Zhang Yimou's remake, A GIRL, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP (2009) is it is no match for the original. About as good as it gets.
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