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4.2
23,583 Ratings

Fargo

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
United States, 1996
Crime, Thriller, Comedy

Synopsis

Set against the windswept tundra of Minnesota, a car salesman plans to wipe out his personal debts by hiring a pair of colorful crooks to kidnap his wife and have her wealthy father pay the ransom. The haphazard scheme turns sour during a routine pull-over that leaves three dead bodies in its wake.

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Fargo Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1996 | Winner: Best Director

Academy Awards

1997 | 2 wins including: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

1997 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

The duality between darkness and light informs all of the Coen Brothers’ work: even their most disturbing film, No Country for Old Men (2007), has its share of humourous moments; and their zanier, more comedic works – from Raising Arizona (1987) to The Big Lebowski (1998) and Burn After Reading (2008) – are haunted by nightmares, kidnappings, and even murder. Of all their films, though, Fargo strikes the most perfect blend of these two competing, or rather complementary, impulses.
March 17, 2017
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The mixture of offbeat humor (those Minnesota accents!) and sweeping filmmaking makes this one of the directors’ most ambitious works. It’s a relentlessly funny movie, but also a deeply moving one. And it richly imagines a whole universe of character and consequence.
February 05, 2016
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Among post-Scorsese American filmmakers, the Coen Brothers are unrivalled in terms of quality and originality. Fargo deservedly remains their signature movie, its cultural reverberations extended and deepened by the eponymous anthology television program, which has emerged as one of the most sly and inventive ever.
January 20, 2016
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