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|Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and winner of two (Actress and Original Screenplay), this "darkly amusing" (Lost Angeles Times) thriller combines a "first-rate cast" (Variety), "a dazzling mix of mirth and malice" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) and an unusual kidnapping plot that unravels the Midwest like never before.Jerry (William H. Macy), a small Minnesota town car salesman, is bursting at the seams with debt...but he's got a plan. He's gonna hire two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's gonna be a snap and nobody's gonna get hurt...until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing -- and extremely pregnant -- investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom...you betcha!System Requirements:Starring: Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Harve Presnell, Peter Stormare Directed By: Joel Coen Running Time: 98 Min., Color Copyright 2003 MGM Studios.Format: DVD MOVIE|
"Two thumbs up, way up! Siskel & Ebert
Editor's NotePoor 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.
Cast & Crew
|William H. Macy|
|Joel Coen - Director|
|Roger A. Deakins - Director of Photography|
|Cater Burwell - Musical Score|
|Tim Bevan, et al. - Producer|
|Rick Heinrichs - Production Designer|
|Joel Coen - Screenplay|
|Ethan Coen - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryThe 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.
|Frances McDormand, Winner, Best Actress|
|Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen|
|Roger Deakins, Nominee, Best Cinematography|
|Joel Coen, Nominee, Best Director|
|Ethan Coen, Nominee, Best Picture|
|William H. Macy, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor|
Cannes Film Festival (1996)
|Joel Coen, Winner, Best Director|
Golden Globe (1997)
|Joel Coen, Nominee, Best Director-Motion Picture|
|"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)|