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Fargo (1996)

A homespun murder story.

Original Title : Fargo
Director : Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Genre : Crime
Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Tim Bevan , John Cameron , Ethan Coen , Eric Fellner
Music : Carter Burwell
Photography : Roger Deakins
IMDB ID : 0116282
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Starring

William H. Macy Jerry Lundegaard
Frances McDormand Marge Gunderson
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
Melissa Peterman Hooker
Steve Reevis Shep Proudfoot (as Steven Reevis
Warren Keith Reilly Diefenbach
Steve Edelman Morning Show Host
Sharon Anderson Morning Show Hostess
Larry Brandenburg Stan Grossman
James Gaulke State Trooper
J. Todd Anderson Victim in the Field (as symbol spoofing tAFKaP
Michelle Suzanne LeDoux Victim in Car
John Carroll Lynch Norm Gunderson
Bruce Bohne Lou
Petra Boden Cashier
Steve Park Mike Yanagita
Wayne A. Evenson Customer (as Wayne Evenson
Cliff Rakerd Officer Olson
Jessica Shepherd Hotel Clerk
Peter Schmitz Airport Lot Attendant
Steven I. Schafer Mechanic (as Steve Schaefer
Michelle Hutchison Escort (as Michelle Hutchinson
David S. Lomax Man in Hallway (as David Lomax
José Feliciano Himself
Bix Skahill Night Parking Attendant
Bain Boehlke Mr. Mohra
Rose Stockton Valerie
Robert Ozasky Bismarck Cop
John Bandemer Bismarck Cop
Don Wescott Bark Beetle Narrator rest of cast listed alphabetically
Bruce Campbell Soap Opera Actor (uncredited
Clifford Nelson Heavyset Man In Bar (uncredited
 

Plot

Jerry Lundegaard is in a financial jam and, out of desperation, comes up with a plan to hire someone to kidnap his wife and demand ransom from her wealthy father, to be secretly split between Jerry and the perpetrators. Jerry, who is not the most astute of individuals, hires a couple of real losers from the frozen northern reaches of Fargo, North Dakota for the job. Then things begin to slip from bad to worse as Jerry helplessly watches on. Jerry hires two men to kidnap his wife so he can get his rich father in law to pay the ransom. Once the ransom is paid Jerry and the kidnappers will split the money down the middle. That's the plan, but what happens is something totally different. Blood is shed when a cop and two innocent people are killed. Marge Gunderson is the Chief who investigates the murders. While Marge investigates, Jerry gets involved in deeper problems, ranging from financial troubles, to threats from the kidnappers.
 

Comments

You betcha!! FARGO (1996) **** Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, Peter Stormare.Dark comic undertones and excellent character actor performances dominate this richly macabre crime story gone awry flick by the Coen brothers(Joel and Ethan) involving pathetic used car salesman Macy so hard up for money and respect (not necessarily in that order) that he hires a pair of dim-witted thugs to kidnap his wife for ransom from his father-in-law's vast wealth in a plot-line that unravels with nice little twists and snags.McDormand (Best Actress) is perfect as a pregnant Midwestern sheriff on the case with a no-nonsense and homespun effect with her tactics of crime solving.Great cinematography by Roger A. Deakins accentuates the bleak winterscape of unearthed uneasiness.Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Macy, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay.
 
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