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R| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
"Fargo" is a reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi), (Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell), paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper.

Cast: Frances McDormand , Steve Buscemi , William H. Macy , Peter Stormare , Harve Presnell , John Carroll Lynch , Kristin Rudrud , Steven Reevis

Director: Joel Coen

Genres: Dark comedy, Thriller, Crime drama

Distributor: Gramercy Pictures

Fargo (1996)

Release Date: March 8th, 1996|1 hr. 37 min.

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  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Lean, mean and mordant black comedy. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I've ever seen. show more

  • July 24, 2009 Polly
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    I can watch this movie over and over and believe it to be a true classic. William H. Macy's character is just a hoot as is Frances McDormand's. My first introduction to Steve Buscemi was very interesting and I've enjoyed seeing him in The Sopranos and other movies since.

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If you aren't watching the new FX original series "Fargo," you're doing it wrong. A kind of parallel universe adaptation of the beloved Coen Brothers' movie of the same name, the series is deeply...

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"If you're thinking about a movie, it doesn't matter if it's black and white," some might paraphrase Michael Jackson. Before 1939's 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Gone With The Wind,' the use of color in...

'Fargo' Cast: Where Are They Now?

Posted by
Rose Martelli on Mar 8th, 2011 11:00AM

Here's a scary thought, folks: That child of Marge and Norm Gunderson's should now be a teenager. Yes, it was way back on March 8, 1996, that the Coen brothers unleashed 'Fargo' on...

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