DVD 97 mins IMDB 8.2 (78,581 votes) top 250: #102
PolyGram Entertainment (1996)
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Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Frances McDormand Marge Gunderson
William H. Macy Jerry Lundegaard
Steve Buscemi Carl Showalter
Peter Stormare Gaear Grimsrud
Harve Presnell Wade Gustafson
John Carroll Lynch Norm Gunderson
Kristin Rudrud Jean Lundegaard
Larry Brandenburg Stan Grossman
Stephen Park Mike Yanagita
Sharon Anderson Morning Show Hostess
Kristin Rudrüd Jean Lundegaard
Tony Denman Scotty Lundegaard
Gary Houston Irate Customer
Sally Wingert Irate Customer's Wife
Kurt Schweickhardt Car Salesman
Steve Stormare
Larissa Kokernot Hooker #1
Melissa Peterman Hooker #2
Steve Reevis Shep Proudfoot (as Steven Reevis)
Warren Keith Reilly Diefenbach (voice)
Steve Edelman Morning Show Host

Director Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Producer Ethan Coen
Writer Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Musician Burt Bacharach; L. Russell Brown; Carter Burwell; Johnny Carson; Merle Haggard; Lee Hazlewood; Dean Holloway; Stephen Katz; Chuck Mangione; Jimmy Webb
User Credit 1 Ethan Coen; Joel Coen
User Credit 2 Mary Zophres

Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen both embraced and poked satirical fun at their rural Minnesota roots with this comedy-drama-thriller that earned seven Oscar nominations, winning for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor masks a whip-smart mind. When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a case involving a pair of dopey would-be kidnappers, Carl (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear (Bergman stock player Peter Stormare). They've been hired by Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), a car salesman under the thumb of his wealthy, overbearing boss and father-in-law, Wade (Harve Presnell). Jerry's raised some money illegally through a petty scam he's run on General Motors and he's about to get caught. When Wade sours a business deal that could save his son-in-law's hide, the desperate Jerry hires Carl and Gaear to kidnap his wife and hold her for ransom. Things go predictably wrong and a series of murders occur, with Marge, waddling along behind her enormous belly and ever-hungering for an all-you-can-eat buffet, hot on the trail of the killers. Although the credits for Fargo state that the film is loosely based on real events, the story is entirely fictional, the claim being just an ironic jibe on the part of the Coens. — Karl Williams

Edition Details
Barcode 780063869324
Region Region 1
Chapters 17
Release Date 9/11/1997
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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User Text 1 Strong violence, language and sexuality.
User Text 2 A homespun murder story.
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Trivia: The duck paintings briefly shown in the Gunderson home were, in fact, painted by "those Hautmann's", close friends of the Coen brothers. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: As Jerry and Jeanne tell Scotty they don't want him going out, Wade calls Jerry to set up the meeting the next day. The microwave shows the time as 10:44 when Jeanne answers the phone. It is 7:43 when the phone is handed to Jerry, and when he turns his back, the time goes to 11:05. (more)

Quotes: Carl Showalter: We've been waiting here an hour. He's peed three times already. (more)

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 51 wins & 30 nominations (more)