Fargo (1996)

1996 • 98 minutes
4.6
79 reviews
94%
Tomatometer
R
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In Fargo, filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen both embrace and satirize their North Dakota roots. A patrolman and two innocent bystanders are discovered murdered in cold blood on a snowy North Dakota highway, leading very pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) on an investigation that uncovers a conspiracy of greed and ineptitude. Minneapolis husband, farther and car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), who has long chafed under the thumb of his wealthy boss and father-in-law, concocts an elaborate scheme involving the kidnapping of his wife and a million-dollar ransom to pay off his extensive gambling debts. However, everything that could possibly go wrong indeed DOES go wrong. Officer Gunderson's outwardly homespun and folksy persona conceals a penetrating mind and a fierce moral compass, and she easily sees through the poorly executed and badly hidden events perpetrated by the bumbling, yet highly dangerous kidnappers...
4.6
79 reviews
Finn Ekberg Christiansen
August 25, 2021
The best Cohen movie in my opinion. Dark humor (even the little splatter there is, is comical), good plot, characters you come to really like (except the bad guys ofc), the usual slightly twisted world you expect from the Cohen brothers. The movie was made into a tv series and - believe it or not - it's even better than the movie! That's a rare thing. I've seen the series four times and I'll watch it again soon. ("Have you been a bad boy, Lester?")
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Marion Endaya
December 13, 2020
Really good movie from the coen brothers as always probably my 2nd favourite coen brothers movie (besides no country for old men) and my 4th favourite film of all time, it is suspenseful and dark and also funny at times, and I have a complaint but this is a minor one, sometimes I get slightly bored at the start since it takes time to get going but besides that it's a classic, highly recommended? you betcha Edit: it is now my favourite coen brothers movie as of late, I have nothing else to say.
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AnkitG
October 27, 2020
Actually Iam a movie learning rookie The screenplay teaches mean thing. For me the best Coen brothers movie.
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