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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 30, 2003
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "Minnesota Nice"
- Audio Commentary: Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
- Joel Coen - Director
- Ethan Coen - Director
- Frances McDormand - Star
- Stills/Photos: Behind-the-Scenes
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi & Peter Stormare|
|Performer:||Harve Presnell, Jose Feliciano, Kristin Rudrud, Steve Park, John Carroll Lynch, Peter Stormare & Steve Buscemi|
|Directed by||Joel Coen|
|Screenwriting by||Ethan Coen & Joel Coen|
|Composition by||Carter Burwell|
|Story by||Ethan Coen|
|Produced by||Ethan Coen|
|Director of Photography:||Roger Deakins|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Geez, you okay, Margie'"--Lou (Bruce Bohne)
"I'm fine--it's just morning sickness....Well, that passed."--Marge
"Yah. Now I'm hungry again."
"Yah, that's a good one."
by, there's a high-speed pursuit, ends here, and then this execution-type deal."
"...A terrific, twisted comedy....A dazzling mix of mirth and malice....McDormand wins your heart..."
"...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..."
"...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
"...FARGO is a strikingly mature, unique entertainment that plays on many levels...all satisfying..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
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.
- Theatrical release: March 8, 1996.
- Filmed on location in North Dakota and Minnesota.
- Although the movie begins with a written announcement appearing on the screen that says the story is based on true events, newspaper articles said the film is fictional. The Coens eventually admitted that they did make the narrative up.
- FARGO is is number 84 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies and number 93 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies.
- The name listed in the credits for editor, Roderick Jaynes, is actually a pseudonym for filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen; they edit their films in addition to writing, producing, and directing them.
- Actress Frances McDormand, who starred in the Coen brothers' first film, BLOOD SIMPLE, is married to director Joel Coen.
- Steve Buscemi has appeared in numerous Coen brothers films, including MILLER'S CROSSING, BARTON FINK, and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.
- Bruce Campbell makes an uncredited appearance as a soap opera actor.
- When the film was edited for television, the word "frozen" was dubbed in to replace many of the curses.
- The poster on the back of Scott's bedroom door is for a man identified as the "Accordian King"; the word "accordion" is misspelled.
- The accents used by the cast upset many people from Minnesota and North Dakota, who thought they were being made fun of. However, the Coens themselves were born in Minnesota.
- Bruce Campbell makes an uncredited cameo in the film.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 437 ratings.
This is a fantastic film. It is bizarre, to say the least, but is roaring good fun, and sort of mind-boggling, in the unexpected twists and turns the plot takes.
All the characters are excellent - especially Frances McDormand, and Steve Buscemi is totally out of sight.
They are both perfectly cast for the characters they play.
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- UPC: 027616884152
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