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It's a terrible plan, and it quickly unravels into a bloody mess of murder and betrayal. When bodies begin to mount, a local police officer, Marge Gunderson, is called in. Frances McDormand plays Marge Gunderson, and she makes the movie magical.
McDormand won an Oscar for the role, and this is one instance when the recipient deserved the award. She plays "Margie" with a huge dose of humanity. She is a character that sneaks up on you. When she is introduced, you wonder if perhaps she is just a small town officer in way over her head. She is pregnant, speaks in small town (Minnesota) idioms, and throws up from morning sickness when investigating the first brutal murders. She seems more like a nice, Minnesotan housewife than a cop. But early you get the feeling that there is something special about her.
The killings involve a traffic cop that was killed while issuing a ticket for a missing plate. In his log book, he was written DLR. When Marge's fellow officer says that he has run a search for all tags starting with DLR, Marge says gently, "I'm not sure I agree with you 100 percent on your police work there, Irv." She explains to Irv that DLR means that it was a new car, a dealer's car. "Oooh" says Irv, staring into space.Read more ›
--The way they mix violence with humor (not just gross-out easy laughs). Buscemi's reaction to Stormare shooting the cop is funny in a twisted way... but Stormare going after the young couple immediately after is scary and unsettling. This one scene sets the tone of the whole movie.
--Buscemi's reaction to Presnell's refusal to deal is funny...but Buscemi's reaction to being shot is also funny, and is also scary.
--Marge Gunderson feeling nauseated when she sees the mess at the crime scene...and it's just morning sickness. This brief moment really establishes her character.
--Marge Gunderson's relationship with her husband is really endearing, and is a thread that runs throughout the movie. It gives the movie a lot more humanity that most Coen films have.
--And Bill Macy; his character is so earnest and so out of his depth.
Fargo is a movie that stands up to repeated watching.
The DVD transfer is first-rate
Edit: The picture transfer on the remastered blu-ray released April 2014 is even better! The edge-enhancement halos are now gone and even more detail is visible in the darker scenes. The sound is the same and there are no new extras.
Yes, this is a nasty film...at times severely violent.Read more ›
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There are more films about Fargo than World War 2 and I've really them all, including this one!Published 1 day ago by wideglide
I love this movie. This was the third viewing for me. All the actors are great. I just want to know what happened to the money.Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
Good movie. Watched again after seeing it the first time many years ago.Published 2 days ago by David Cox
well-known masterpiece by the Coen Bros. Saw it 20 years ago in the theaters. Just revisited it last week. highly recommended. Oh, BTW, the TV show is excellent as well.Published 2 days ago by SteveMo
The late Gene Siskel of "Siskel. And Ebert" said that FARGO was the kind of movie that made him want to go to the movies!! This is the Coen Brothers at their best! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Just Dave
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But, NCFOM wasn't supposed to be humorous. It was quite faithful to the book, which was pretty brutal, too, yet very well written. The Coens shot the movie well as they always do and since the movie had such a strong impact on you, it appears they did their usual stellar job.
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Look up the author John Sanford and his "...of Prey" books.
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