1996   USA Fargo
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Director:Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Jeffrey Schwarz
Writer:Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
IMDb Rating:8.3 (194,444 votes)
Awards:Won 2 Oscars. Another 52 wins & 30 nominations
Duration:98 min
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Jeffrey Schwarz  ...  (Director)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen  ...  (Writer)
William H. Macy  ...  Jerry Lundegaard
Steve Buscemi  ...  Carl Showalter
Peter Stormare  ...  Gaear Grimsrud
Kristin Rudrüd  ...  Jean Lundegaard
Harve Presnell  ...  Wade Gustafson
Tony Denman  ...  Scotty Lundegaard
Gary Houston  ...  Irate Customer
Sally Wingert  ...  Irate Customer's Wife
Kurt Schweickhardt  ...  Car Salesman
Larissa Kokernot  ...  Hooker #1
Melissa Peterman  ...  Hooker #2
Steve Reevis  ...  Shep Proudfoot
Warren Keith  ...  Reilly Diefenbach (voice)
Steve Edelman  ...  Morning Show Host
Sharon Anderson  ...  Morning Show Hostess
Frances McDormand  ...  
Roger Deakins  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: Leave it to the wildly inventive Coen brothers (Joel directs, Ethan produces, they both write) to concoct a fiendishly clever kidnap caper that's simultaneously a comedy of errors, a Midwestern satire, a taut suspense thriller, and a violent tale of criminal misfortune. It all begins when a hapless car salesman (played to perfection by William H. Macy) ineptly orchestrates the kidnapping of his own wife. The plan goes horribly awry in the hands of bumbling bad guys Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare (one of them being described by a local girl as "kinda funny lookin'" and "not circumcised"), and the pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota, (played exquisitely by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role) is suddenly faced with a case of multiple murders. Her investigation is laced with offbeat observations about life in the rural hinterland of Minnesota and North Dakota, and Fargo embraces its local yokels with affectionate humor. At times shocking and hilarious, Fargo is utterly unique and distinctly American, bearing the unmistakable stamp of its inspired creators. --Jeff Shannon

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