Fargo R

A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.
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DVD Features:

  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: "Minnesota Nice"
    • Audio Commentary: Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
    • Interviews:
      1. Joel Coen - Director
      2. Ethan Coen - Director
      3. Frances McDormand - Star
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos: Behind-the-Scenes

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
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Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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. 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)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1996 - Best Actress: Frances McDormand
Academy Awards 1996 - Best Original Screenplay: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Cannes 1996 - Best Director: Joel Coen

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh93%

Total Count: 92


User Ratings: 233,848
Rating: A -- Deceptive in its storytelling choices, economical with its plotting, and sly with its dialogue, this Oscar winner is truly incredible. Full Review
Apr 29, 2014
The film is a work of brick-by-brick world-building in the service of characters whose ordinariness is just as carefully crafted. Full Review
Village Voice
Jan 19, 2016
Not only did the Coens return from the brink, but they gave us one of the most memorable (if not the most memorable) characters in modern cinema. Full Review
Apr 9, 2016
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Fargo, with its grotesque murders and cheery detectives, is a cold gem that takes us to the far north. Its seemingly pitiless light opens up the realms of darkness concealed beneath that world of white. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 2014
...FARGO is a strikingly mature, unique entertainment that plays on many levels...all satisfying...
Feb 12, 1996
...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...
Chicago Sun-Times
Apr 15, 2001
This curiously overpraised yet solid effort by two of the foremost satirists of contemporary Americana again finds director Joel and writer-producer Ethan surveying the wreckage of our national innocence. Full Review
May 30, 2019

Product Description:

Poor 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.

Plot Synopsis:

The 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.


Production Notes:

  • 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.

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Fargo Movie Lover: from EVANSVILLE, IN US -- February, 21, 2011

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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