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  • 1996
  • R
  • 98min
  • 94%
  • 8.1 / 10

The story revolves around a sales manager at an Oldsmobile dealership named Jerry Lundegaard, played by William H. Macy. Jerry is in financial difficulty and is in need of money. After a suggestion by the dealership mechanic to kidnap Jerry's own wife Jean, played by Kristin Rudrüd, in order to extort his father-in-law for ransom, things start to go awry. After traveling to Fargo North Dakota to hire two ex-convicts for the job; what was originally supposed to be a simple and non-violent kidnapping, turns into a bloody crime spree with multiple homicides. A small-town, pregnant sheriff played by Frances McDormand is on the trail of the killers and bumbling accomplices. Using common sense and her calm demeanor she follows the bloody clues to solve this bizarre crime.

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In 2006, the Library of Congress selected Fargo for preservation in the National Film Registry based on their criteria of the film being, 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.' The American Film Institute, in 1998, named it one of the 100 greatest American films in history. A television series of the same name and fictional universe, premiered in 2014, also to critical acclaim.


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Fargo is a black comedy written, produced and directed by brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen. It premiered at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, winning the prestigious Prix de la mise en scene award for Best Director. It was a critical and commercial success, racking up over $60 million at the box office on a budget of only $7 million. The film starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, and Peter Stormare. The film went on to receive seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, while Frances McDormand received the Oscar for Best Actress, and the Coen brothers won for Best Original Screenplay.