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Runtime: 98 min

Genres: Crime | Drama | Thriller

Languages: English

Countries: USA

Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen both embraced and poked satirical fun at their rural Minnesota roots with this comedy-drama-thriller that earned seven Oscar nominations, winning for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor masks a whip-smart mind. When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a case involving a pair of dopey would-be kidnappers, Carl (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear (Bergman stock player Peter Stormare). They've been hired by Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), a car salesman under the thumb of his wealthy, overbearing boss and father-in-law, Wade (Harve Presnell). Jerry's raised some money illegally through a petty scam he's run on General Motors and he's about to get caught. When Wade sours a business deal that could save his son-in-law's hide, the desperate Jerry hires Carl and Gaear to kidnap his wife and hold her for ransom. Things go predictably wrong and a series of murders occur, with Marge, waddling along behind her enormous belly and ever-hungering for an all-you-can-eat buffet, hot on the trail of the killers. Although the credits for Fargo state that the film is loosely based on real events, the story is entirely fictional, the claim being just an ironic jibe on the part of the Coens.~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Directors (2)

Ethan Coen (uncredited)
Joel Coen

Writers (2)

Ethan Coen (written by)
Joel Coen (written by) &

Composers (1)

Editors (3)

Ethan Coen (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen (as Roderick Jaynes)
Roderick Jaynes

Cinematographers (1)

Actors (41)

Bain Boehlke Mr. Mohra - Bartender in Driveway
Bix Skahill Night Parking Attendant (as Don William Skahill)
Bruce Bohne Officer Lou
Bruce Campbell Soap Opera Actor (uncredited)
Cliff Rakerd Officer Olson
Clifford Nelson Heavyset Man In Bar (uncredited)
David S. Lomax Man in Hallway (as David Lomax)
Don Wescott Bark Beetle Narrator (voice)
Frances McDormand Marge Gunderson
Gary Houston Irate Customer
Harve Presnell Wade Gustafson
J. Todd Anderson Victim in the Field
James Gaulke State Trooper
Jessica Shepherd Hotel Clerk
John Bandemer Bismarck Cop #2
John Carroll Lynch Norm Gunderson
José Feliciano Himself
Kristin Rudrüd Jean Lundegaard
Kurt Schweickhardt Car Salesman
Larissa Kokernot Hooker #1
Larry Brandenburg Stan Grossman
Lori J. Ness Women in the Bar (uncredited)
Melissa Peterman Hooker #2
Michelle Hutchison Escort (as Michelle Hutchinson)
Michelle Suzanne LeDoux Victim in Car
Peter Schmitz Airport Lot Attendant
Peter Stormare Gaear Grimsrud
Petra Boden Cashier
Robert Ozasky Bismarck Cop #1
Rose Stockton Valerie (voice)
Sally Wingert Irate Customer's Wife
Sharon Anderson Morning Show Hostess
Steve Buscemi Carl Showalter
Steve Edelman Morning Show Host
Steve Park Mike Yanagita
Steve Reevis Shep Proudfoot (as Steven Reevis)
Steven I. Schafer Mechanic (as Steve Schaefer)
Tony Denman Scotty Lundegaard
Warren Keith Reilly Diefenbach (voice)
Wayne A. Evenson Customer (as Wayne Evenson)
William H. Macy Jerry Lundegaard