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FULL SYNOPSIS

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

  • Release date:May 31, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roderick Jaynes Best Editing 1996 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Frances McDormand Best Actress 1996 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Frances McDormand Best Actress 1996 Winner
National Board of Review Frances McDormand Best Actress 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frances McDormand Best Actress 1996 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Frances McDormand Best Actress 1996 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Frances McDormand Best Actress 1996 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Joel Coen Best Screenplay 1996 Winner
National Board of Review Joel Coen Best Director 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joel Coen Best Original Screenplay 1996 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Joel Coen Best Director 1996 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Joel Coen Best Screenplay 1996 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Joel Coen Best Director 1996 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Joel Coen Best Screenplay 1996 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Joel Coen Best Director 1996 Winner
Directors Guild of America Joel Coen Best Director 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joel Coen Best Director 1996 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1996 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1996 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Ethan Coen Best Screenplay 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ethan Coen Best Original Screenplay 1996 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Ethan Coen Best Screenplay 1996 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Ethan Coen Best Screenplay 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ethan Coen Best Picture 1996 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards William H. Macy Best Actor 1996 Winner
Screen Actors Guild William H. Macy Best Supporting Actor 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William H. Macy Best Supporting Actor 1996 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Carter Burwell Best Original Score 1996 Winner

Cast

Frances McDormand
as Marge Gunderson
William H. Macy
as Jerry Lundegaard
Steve Buscemi
as Carl Showalter
Peter Stormare
as Gaear Grimsrud
Harve Presnell
as Wade Gustafson
John Carroll Lynch
as Norm Gunderson
Kristin Rudrud
as Jean Lundegaard
Larry Brandenburg
as Stan Grossman
Stephen Park
as Mike Yanagita
Cliff Rakerd
as Officer Olson
Steve Reevis
as Shep Proudfoot
Bruce Campbell
as Soap Opera Star on TV
Gary Houston
as Irate Customer
Warren Keith
as Reilly Diefenbach

Crew

Joel Coen
Director
Joel Coen
Producer
Ethan Coen
Producer
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Roderick Jaynes
Editor
Rick Heinrichs
Production Designer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Lauri Gaffin
Set Designer
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
Allan Byer
Sound/Sound Designer
John Lyons
Casting
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