• Fargo (1996)


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: Crime drama , Thriller , Dark comedy

Production Co: Gramercy Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Distributors: Gramercy Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    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]

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


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Nominated Original Screenplay
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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
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Nominated Best Picture
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
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Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
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Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Editing
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