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Encyclopedia > Fargo (movie)
Fargo
Fargo
Produced by Ethan Coen
Directed by Joel Coen
Written by Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Starring Frances McDormand
William H. Macy
Music by Carter Burwell
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Editing Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Release date March 8, 1996
Runtime 98 min.
Language English
Budget {{{budget}}}
IMDb Page


Fargo is a 1996 dramatic and dark comedy film created by Joel and Ethan Coen. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Promotional photo for The Man Who Wasnt There (2001) Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an award-winning American character actress with film, stage, and television credits. ... Publicity photo of William H. Macy William Hall Macy (born March 13, 1950) is an actor, teacher, and director, in theatre, film, and television. ... Carter Burwell (born November 18, 1955, in New York) is a composer of film soundtracks. ... Roger Deakins (born May 24, 1949 Torquay, Devon, England) is a cinematographer. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in Leap years). ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Drama is a term generally used to refer to a literary form involving parts written for actors to perform. ... The term problem plays is applied to the three plays William Shakespeare wrote between the last of his pure comedies (Twelfth Night) and the first of his pure tragedies (Othello) They are Alls Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers, are United States film directors best known for their quirky comedies such as Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski, as well as for darker film noir dramas such as Fargo. ...


Primary cast:

The movie tells the story of a Jerry Lundegaard (Macy), who due to financial troubles, hires two men (Buscemi and Stormare) to kidnap his wife and try to obtain a ransom from his father-in-law. The plan falls apart. The kidnappers murder a policeman and two witnesses to his killing, and their deaths are investigated by a local police chief (McDormand), who just happens to be seven months pregnant. Promotional photo for The Man Who Wasnt There (2001) Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an award-winning American character actress with film, stage, and television credits. ... Publicity photo of William H. Macy William Hall Macy (born March 13, 1950) is an actor, teacher, and director, in theatre, film, and television. ... Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi (born December 13, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film and stage character actor. ... Harve Presnell (born September 14, 1933, Modesto, California) is an American actor. ... Peter Stormare (born August 27, 1953) is a Swedish-born film actor. ... A pregnant woman Human pregnancy is the part of the life reproduction process in which a human female carries a live offspring from implantation until childbirth. ...


As the movie narrative moves from establishing characters to exploring the consequences of crime, it also moves from comedy to suspense, drama, and even horror. The film's initial scenes satirize the blandness (both visual, with the unrelenting white of snow, and emotional, with repeated lines of dialog without serious content) and innocence of the upper midwest, as criminals are mere bumblers and police are interested in niceness and decency. However, with the insensate, unpremeditated, infantile violence of Stormare's character, the nice and delicate comedy gives way to primal brutality. Snow changes from a blank canvas of emotionlessness to a layer of forgetting and burial, and the humor of the first half of the movie is thoroughly negated by a glimpse into what has lain beneath the white surface. The denouement of Macy's apprehension emphasizes the unpreparedness of the characters for the meaning of crime and impact of violence.


Award wins:


Award nominations: New York Film Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide by an organization of film reviewers from New York City-based publications. ... The Academy Award for Best Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Promotional photo for The Man Who Wasnt There (2001) Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an award-winning American character actress with film, stage, and television credits. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... The palace in which the festival takes place. ...

The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy has been awarded annually since 1952 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture has been awarded annually since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ... Promotional photo for The Man Who Wasnt There (2001) Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an award-winning American character actress with film, stage, and television credits. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Publicity photo of William H. Macy William Hall Macy (born March 13, 1950) is an actor, teacher, and director, in theatre, film, and television. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... Roger Deakins (born May 24, 1949 Torquay, Devon, England) is a cinematographer. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly called The Coen Brothers in the film business, are United States directors best known for their quirky comedies like Fargo and Raising Arizona; the brothers write their own scripts and alternate top billing for the screenplay. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

Trivia

Frances McDormand as "Marge Gunderson." "I guess that was your accomplice back there in the wood chipper."
Frances McDormand as "Marge Gunderson." "I guess that was your accomplice back there in the wood chipper."

A disclaimer in the beginning of the movie claims that the movie is "a true story" that "took place in Minnesota in 1987," but this is merely a gag to set the mood for the completely fictional events that follow. Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson in Fargo (1996). ... Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson in Fargo (1996). ...


The movie is named after Fargo, North Dakota even though most of the action is set in Minnesota in midwinter. Unseasonably mild weather forced the crew to move locations frequently to find suitable snow-covered landscapes and fake snow had to be used for many scenes. Fargo is a United States city located in the state of North Dakota. ... State nickname: North Star State Other U.S. States Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) Official languages None Area 225,365 km² (12th)  - Land 206,375 km²  - Water 18,990 km² (8. ... A fresh snowfall in Colorados (USA) high forests. ...


The car dealership featured in the movie was in Richfield, Minnesota. The business has since been razed, and the site is currently home to Best Buy's corporate headquarters. A car dealership is a franchise that sells new cars, used cars or both, provides maintenance service for cars, stocks and sells parts, and processes warranty claims. ... Richfield is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... Typical Best Buy store Best Buy Co. ...


In 2001 a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, was found dead near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. It was widely claimed at the time that she had frozen to death while looking for the money hidden in the movie, but there is little evidence to support this hypothesis. Based on the presence of sedatives in her system and a letter sent to her family, her death was ruled a suicide. 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Detroit Lakes is a city located in Becker County, Minnesota. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of wilfully ending ones own life; it is sometimes a noun for one who has committed or attempted the act. ...


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Encyclopedia4U - Fargo (movie) - Encyclopedia Article (317 words)
Fargo is a 1996 comedy drama film, written and directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
The movie tells the story of a man (Macy), in financial trouble, who hires two men (Buscemi and Stormare) to kidnap his wife and try to obtain a ransom from his father-in-law.
The movie is named after Fargo, North Dakota, although most of the action is set in Minnesota.
Fargo (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (671 words)
The movie tells the story of Jerry Lundegaard (Macy), a Minnesota car salesman with financial troubles who hires two men (Buscemi and Stormare) to kidnap his wife and try to obtain a $1 million ransom from his father-in-law (who is also his employer).
As the movie narrative moves from establishing characters to exploring the consequences of crime, it also moves from comedy to suspense, drama, and even horror.
The movie is named after Fargo, North Dakota even though most of the action is set in Minnesota in midwinter.
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