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Director: Joel Coen     Starring: William H. Macy Frances McDormand
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 216021637
UPC: 883904220343
UPC 14: 00883904220343
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Poor Jerry Lundegaard. He's deep in debt. His wealthy father-in-law has no respect for him. He cheats customers at the car dealership where he works. And now he's hired a bumbling duo to kidnap his wife--a plan that goes horribly awry, leading to homicide. Enter Marge Gunderson, one of the most fabulous movie cops in film history. The very-pregnant Marge--played marvelously by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning and career-defining performance--just goes about her everyday business, eating (in nearly every scene), talking to the people in the community, and examining bloody corpses as if no day is different from the next. A multiple murder in the small town of Brainerd, Minnesota--home of Paul Bunyan, as the sign claims--seems to have little effect on her. Yet she has an innate cop sense--she is very, very good at her job and determined to solve the case in her offhanded manner.

FARGO is yet another offbeat, highly entertaining film from the Coen brothers (BARTON FINK, BLOOD SIMPLE). The film is nearly colorless; instead, director of photography Roger Deakins washes the screen in the blinding white of the snow, occasionally breaking for the drab grays and browns of police uniforms and winter jackets. Carter Burwell's score further enhances the slow, steady pace of this oddly funny and compelling film. The Coens have once again populated their film with a slew of bizarre characters, with outstanding performances delivered by all, particularly the edgy William H. Macy, the quietly luminous McDormand, the nearly psychotic Steve Buscemi, and the oh-so-cold Peter Stormare.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Tcfhe/mgm
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/14/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 98 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video UPC UPC: 00883904220343
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info William H. Macy
Video Cast Info Harve Presnell
Video Cast Info Kristin Rudrud
Video Cast Info Peter Stormare
Video Cast Info Frances McDormand
Video Cast Info Jose Feliciano
Video Cast Info John Carroll Lynch
Video Cast Info Steve Park
Video Cast Info Steve Buscemi
Video Cast Info Joel Coen - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Mary Zophres - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Ethan Coen - Story
Video Cast Info Ethan Coen - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Carter Burwell - Composer
Video Cast Info Ethan Coen - Producer
Video Cast Info Joel Coen - Director
Plot Summary
The Coen brothers' black comedy revolves around a crime orchestrated by a desperate, debt-ridden man--and its unexpected results. In dire need of money, Jerry Lundegaard comes up with a plan: Hire two thugs to kidnap his wife, Jean; make Jean's rich father shell out the ransom; and then use the money to pay off both the kidnappers and his creditors. But what appears to be the perfect crime goes seriously awry when the goons murder three people after abducting Jean. As a result, they soon have an intelligent--and very pregnant--police chief named Marge Gunderson investigating the clues they've carelessly left behind. The criminals must now collect the ransom before Marge puts all the pieces together...but that turns out to be a lot harder than they thought.

Memorable Quotes

"Yah?" "Yah."----just about every character in the film, at one time or another

"Oh----I just, I think I'm gonna barf."----Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) |"Geez, you okay, Margie?"----Lou (Bruce Bohne) |"I'm fine----it's just morning sickness....Well, that passed."----Marge |"Yah?"----Lou |"Yah. Now I'm hungry again."----Marge

"Say, Lou, ya hear the one about the guy who couldn't afford personalized license plates so he went and changed his name to J2L 4685?"----Marge |"Yah, that's a good one."----Lou

"Okay, so we got a trooper pulls someone over, we got a shooting, these folks drive|by, there's a high--speed pursuit, ends here, and then this execution--type deal."----Marge

"Just keep it still back there, lady, or we're going to have to, you know, shoot you."----Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi)

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...A terrific, twisted comedy....A dazzling mix of mirth and malice....McDormand wins your heart..." 03/21/1996 p.104

Sight and Sound
"...The Coens prove themselves masters of orchestrating cross-purposes plots....FARGO is a further demonstration of Joel Coen's remarkable ability to mix comedy with horror..." 06/01/1996 p.40-1

USA Today
"...McDormand's uproariously sly-spry performance connects with Roger Deakins' bleakly beautiful photography to create one of the Coens' most consistently successful outings..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 03/08/1996 p.7D

"...FARGO is a strikingly mature, unique entertainment that plays on many levels...all satisfying..." 02/12/1996

Los Angeles Times
"...With the perfect assist from their actors, all of whom are well in on the joke, this affectionate look at the frozen North brings the Coens back in from the cold..." 03/08/1996 p.F1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A great movie....FARGO is true toe the rhythms of small-town life....William H. Macy's performance is an implosion of fear and frustration..." 04/15/2001 p.5

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