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Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen both embraced and poked satirical fun at their Minnesotan 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, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID509ba191-98da-7ed7-85f0-7673f4dd0449
Grouping Titlefargo
Grouping Authorpolygram filmed entertainment
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2019-10-23 08:08:50AM
Last Indexed2019-10-23 08:14:53AM

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auth_author2Burwell, Carter
Burwell, Carter,
Burwell, Carter.
Buscemi, Steve, 1957-
Coen, Ethan
Coen, Ethan,
Coen, Ethan.
Coen, Joel
Coen, Joel,
Coen, Joel.
Deakins, Roger A., 1949-
Jaynes, Roderick.
Macy, William H., 1950-
McDormand, Frances
McDormand, Frances,
McDormand, Frances.
Presnell, Harve
Presnell, Harve,
Presnell, Harve.
Stormare, Peter
Stormare, Peter,
Stormare, Peter.
author2-roleBurwell, Carter
Burwell, Carter,composer.
Burwell, Carter.
Buscemi, Steve,1957-
Buscemi, Steve,1957-actor.
Coen, Ethan
Coen, Ethan,producer,screenwriter.
Coen, Ethan.
Coen, Joel
Coen, Joel,director,screenwriter.
Coen, Joel.
Deakins, Roger A.,1949-
Deakins, Roger A.,1949-director of photography.
Jaynes, Roderick.
MGM Home Entertainment Inc.
Macy, William H.,1950-
Macy, William H.,1950-actor.
McDormand, Frances
McDormand, Frances,actor.
McDormand, Frances.
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (Firm)
Presnell, Harve
Presnell, Harve,actor.
Presnell, Harve.
Stormare, Peter
Stormare, Peter,actor.
Stormare, Peter.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.
Working Title Films
Working Title Films.
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display_descriptionA midwestern policewoman investigates a series of brutal and interconnected crimes. Steadily, she tightens the net on the killers and their accomplices in a kidnapping scheme gone wildly wrong.
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seriesCoen brothers movie collection
series_with_volumeCoen brothers movie collection|
Comedy films
Detective and mystery films
Feature films
Fiction films
Films for the hearing impaired
Kidnapping -- Drama
Kidnapping -- Minnesota -- Drama
Man-woman relationships
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
Murder -- Minnesota -- Drama
Murder for hire
Murder for hire -- Drama
Police chiefs
Police chiefs -- Minnesota -- Drama
Policewomen -- Drama
Policewomen -- Minnesota -- Drama
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.) -- Videorecordings
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_fullFargo / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment presents in association with Working Title Films ; produced by Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen ; written by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Fargo [videorecording (DVD)] / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in association with Working Title Films ; director, Joel Coen ; producer, Ethan Coen ; writers, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Fargo [videorecording] / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in association with Working Title Films
Fargo [videorecording] : [a homespun murder mystery] / Polygram Filmed Entertainment presents in association with Working Titles Films ; produced by Ethan Coen ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen
Man-woman relationships
Murder for hire
Police chiefs