Identify
masthead
Retail Basket  |  Cookies & Privacy  |   Sign In  |  Register  |  © Cine7 2002-2021      
Cine7
navigation
 
Film Data
Fargo  1995
Director:  Jeol Coen
Producer:
  Ethan Coen
Art Director:
  Rick Heinrichs
Editor:
  Roderick Jaynes
Music:
  Carter Burwell
Screenplay:
  Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Director of Photography:
  Roger Deakins
slideshow
Cast:
people1 Frances McDormand people1 Steve Buscemi people1 William H. Macy people1 Peter Stormare
spacer1 Harve Presnell spacer1 John Carroll Lynch spacer1 spacer1
people1 Frances McDormand people1 Steve Buscemi people1 William H. Macy
people1 Peter Stormare spacer1 Harve Presnell spacer1 John Carroll Lynch
people1 Frances McDormand people1 Steve Buscemi
people1 William H. Macy people1 Peter Stormare
spacer1 Harve Presnell spacer1 John Carroll Lynch

Synopsis:
Deeply in debt, downtrodden Minneapolis car salesman Jerry Lundegaard has tried to raise money by pitching business ideas to his wealthy father-in-law, for whom Jerry works, but nothing has been taken up. Desperate, he comes up with a plan to have his wife kidnapped, then split the ransom with the kidnappers, two ex-convicts, Carl Showalter and the lumbering Gaear Grimsrud. They kidnap Jerry's wife Jean and head for a remote cabin in the Minnesotan hills, but when they are routinely stopped by a State Trooper, their panic ends in several deaths. Heavily pregnant local police chief Marge Gunderson is called into the case, waddling through clues and witnesses while trying to cope with a busy home life and her strange food fads, not knowing that the deaths are related to a kidnapping. But the kidnappers get nervous, and both the hostage-holding and the ransom exchange go horribly wrong. Soon Marge is looking at a lot of bodies in the Minnesotan snow, and Jerry Lundegaard is seeing his plans go more and more horribly wrong....
Review:
Effective as both a bizarre film noir and a very oddball comedy, Fargo is one of the very best films from the Coen brothers, which is high praise indeed. Not content with adding some vicious and surprising plot twists, the brothers also have an ear for the strange, sing-song Scandinavian-tinged Minnesotan accents, and wide, bleak landscapes, usually covered in snow, make it seem like a very alien world indeed. Performances are superb, from William H.Macy's Jerry, a man seemingly crumpling under the weight of his troubles, through Frances McDormand's intuitive and dogged Police chief and the terrific pairing of Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare as the kidnappers, a comic pairing which suddenly turns very nasty indeed. Brilliantly written and directed, with a cast to match. Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and for William H.Macy as (oddly) Best Supporting Actor rather than lead, Fargo eventually picked up the awards for Frances McDormand as Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay.

disc test

DVD
DVD retail information
  Not available at this time    
Blu-ray
Blu-ray retail information
  Not available at this time