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Nominated* for seven Oscars(r) and winner of two, this darkly amusing thriller combines a first-rate cast, "a dazzling mix of mirth and malice" (Rolling Stone) and a bizarre kidnapping plot that unravels the Midwest like never before. Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, Fargo is a brilliant tour de force from the creators of Raising Arizonaand O Brother, Where Art Thou? *1996: Best Picture, Director, Actress (McDormand, won), Supporting Actor (Macy), Original Screenplay (won), Cinematography, Editing
Leave it to the wildly inventive Coen brothers (Joel directs, Ethan produces, they both write) to concoct a fiendishly clever kidnap caper that's simultaneously a comedy of errors, a Midwestern satire, a taut suspense thriller, and a violent tale of criminal misfortune. It all begins when a hapless car salesman (played to perfection by William H. Macy) ineptly orchestrates the kidnapping of his own wife. The plan goes horribly awry in the hands of bumbling bad guys Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare (one of them being described by a local girl as "kinda funny lookin'" and "not circumcised"), and the pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota, (played exquisitely by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role) is suddenly faced with a case of multiple murders. Her investigation is laced with offbeat observations about life in the rural hinterland of Minnesota and North Dakota, and Fargo embraces its local yokels with affectionate humor. At times shocking and hilarious, Fargo is utterly unique and distinctly American, bearing the unmistakable stamp of its inspired creators. --Jeff Shannon
- New documentary: "Minnesota Nice"
- Interview with the Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand
- Trivia track
- Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
- Original advertising gallery
- Hidden menus and other surprises
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The characters are cheery, drole, and yet so quirky, you cannot help but be charmed by their banality. The mundane aspects of life are satirized by the Coen Bros. as ridiculous in the most extremely absurd ways. It's glory fun and a neat little depiction of small town American crime.
It's actually beautifully filmed and very well acted. The shots of snow, driving, or someone just walking across these Midwestern tundras are gorgeous. Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, and William H. Macy are all fantastic.
McDormand captures the genuine tenderness of a Midwestern woman while also giving her character the depth of a competent policewoman investigating homicides. Steve Buscemi is hilarious as the hitman just trying to get by and Stormare is wondrous as the sociopath sidekick. Macy plays the suburban Midwestern husband that's in over his head with such subtle finesse, he surprises you in every scene.
Everyone's accent will delight until you are so very annoyed at how quirky and sweet it all is underneath the horribly violent murder. Fargo is the Midwestern murder movie.
If you love steelbooks this is a must, if you are a fan of the Coen bros then this is a must, or if you've never seen the movie (like me) then give this a shot. It looks great on your shelf and if you didn't love the movie you'd certainly like the special features that Shout Factory provides.
Wonderful polite speech rather than typical modern standard hip techno babble and continuous reciprocal put-downs.
It still comes out as a moral fairy tale, but it is a good story with continuous action and no pointless scenes.