Fargo (1996)

1996 • 98 minutes
79 reviews
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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...

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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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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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Christophe Chiri
March 25, 2021
Très bon film mais les sous-titres en français sont très mal synchronisés. A éviter si vous n'arrivez pas à suivre sans ces derniers...
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