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Release Date: March 8th, 1996

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 1997

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 Rudrüd, Steve Reevis

Director: Joel Coen

Genres: Dark comedy, Crime drama, Thriller

Production Co: Gramercy Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Distributors: Gramercy Pictures

Keywords: Deception, Rescue, Quest, Wife, Dark, 1980s, Car, Witty, Police officer

Ratings & Reviews

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

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

  • The fans of their best work -- "Blood Simple, "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink" -- now can add Fargo to the list, pushing the Coens to the first rank of contemporary American filmmakers. [8 March 1996, Friday, p.B]

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Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Directing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture