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Fargo

  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 1995
  • Joel Coen
  • 94 mins
  • 18

Summary

Oscar-winning black comedy thriller from the Coen brothers, starring Frances McDormand, William H Macy, Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare. Car salesman Jerry Lundegaard arranges to have his wife kidnapped in order to extort some money from his wealthy father-in-law. But when the kidnapping fails to go as planned, the heavily pregnant local police chief Marge Gunderson is soon on the trail.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

The Coen brothers (director/writer Joel, producer/writer Ethan) are on top form with this quirky, unconventional, comedy-tinged crime thriller set in snowy Minnesota. Amateur kidnappers Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare leave a trail of dead bodies that is investigated, with rare instinct and understanding, by heavily pregnant police chief Frances McDormand (who won an Oscar for her performance). Supposedly inspired by a true story, the film sees the Coens neatly subvert thriller clichés for their own surreal and philosophical ends, while retaining the genre's old-fashioned virtues and screw-tightening tension. While sweet-natured mirth is combined with deliciously twisted malice, and gory horror merges with offbeat humour, the whole is set against an extraordinary winter wonderland backdrop. The result is a modern masterpiece.

Credits

Cast

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Marge GundersonFrances McDormand
Jerry LundegaardWilliam H Macy
Carl ShowalterSteve Buscemi
Gaear GrimsrudPeter Stormare
Wade GustafsonHarve Presnell
Jean LundegaardKristin Rudrud
Scotty LundegaardTony Denman
One of irate coupleGary Houston
One of irate coupleSally Wingert
Car salesmanKurt Schweickhardt
Hooker Larissa Kokernot
Hooker Melissa Peterman
Shep ProudfootSteven Reevis
Reilly DiefenbachWarren Keith
Norm GundersonJohn Carroll Lynch

Crew

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DirectorJoel Coen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus Limited
Released on
2021-06-11
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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