Fargo, a 1996 film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell and Peter Stormare.
Premiering at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the best director award and was nominated for the Palme d’Or, this movie was a hit from the getgo.
The setting is a winter in the late 80’s, Jerry Lundegaard (Macy) is in a heap of debt, so much that the only way he can get out is to hire two lowlifes to kidnap his wife, hold her for ransom from her rich father, and split the ransom. Naturally that plan doesn’t go so smoothly.
After Gaear and Carl kidnap Jerry’s wife Jean, they end up killing three people, a highway patrol officer who pulls them over for plate issues, and two innocent people who happen to drive by, now that blood has been spilled the two crooks demand more money.
With a triple homicide, 7 months pregnant local police chief Marge Gunderson (McDormand) is brought in to work the case.
As Marge pieces together what happened, and gets closer to solving the case, it continues to spiral out of control for Jerry, with more bodies stacking up and he himself coming under suspicion.
It all culminates in a cabin in the woods, where the famous woodchipper scene occurs and Marge is able to save the day.
Stunning performances by McDormand/Macy/Buscemi lead this movie, which has a great storyline, and fantastic writing throughout. The actors do a great job portraying small town North Dakota/Minnesota.
Nominated for seven Oscars, and winning two (best actress – McDormand, and original screenplay), it is one of only six films to be inducted into the National Film Registry on its first year of eligibility, it has been named on many lists of 100 greatest films, and has spawned a tv movie and a popular tv series filmed here in Calgary!
The film scores 93% on rotten tomatoes - #certifiedfresh
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