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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Kristin Rudrüd
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Jeffrey Schwarz, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Producers: Andrew Reznik, Chris Sikorowski, Eric Fellner
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: Jan. 31 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009W5CA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,403 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Mcdormand/Macy/Buscemi/Stormare ~ Fargo

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Leave it to the wildly inventive Coen brothers (Joel directs, Ethan produces, they both write) to concoct a fiendishly clever kidnap caper that's simultaneously a comedy of errors, a Midwestern satire, a taut suspense thriller, and a violent tale of criminal misfortune. It all begins when a hapless car salesman (played to perfection by William H. Macy) ineptly orchestrates the kidnapping of his own wife. The plan goes horribly awry in the hands of bumbling bad guys Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare (one of them being described by a local girl as "kinda funny lookin'" and "not circumcised"), and the pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota (played exquisitely by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role) is suddenly faced with a case of multiple murders. Her investigation is laced with offbeat observations about life in the rural hinterland of Minnesota and North Dakota, and Fargo embraces its local yokels with affectionate humor. At times shocking and hilarious, Fargo is utterly unique and distinctly American, bearing the unmistakable stamp of its inspired creators. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19 2003
Format: DVD
The crime in the Coen Brother's film FARGO has to have been the worst executed crime in the history of cinema. It's flawed from the very beginning. It's a good thing that the movie isn't the same way; it's possibly one of the best-executed films of the last 25 years.
I've always been a [fan] for strong character dramas. Plot is inconsequential to me for the most part. I always look at it as that added bonus if a plot really grabs me. I just realize that most stories operate on the same seven or eight premises. So it is the characters that save them. FARGO is full of great characters.
The film opens in Fargo, North Dakota, at a shady trucker bar. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macey, Panic) is there to meet Carl (Steve Buscemi, Con Air) --a low rent, funny looking crook. Carl is there with another man named Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare, The Big Lebowski), a tall, silent and scary looking crook. Jerry drops off a car and sets a crime into motion. The two crooks are to kidnap Jerry's wife (Kristen Rudrud, Pleasantville) and hold her for ransom. Jerry is trying to embezzle money from his well-to-do father in law Wade (Harve Presnell, Face/Off), who is a real [fool].
Needless to say, what should be a simple crime goes terribly wrong. When three people show up dead in a small town called Brainerd, the local sheriff, Marge Gunderson (Francis McDormand, The Man Who Wasn't There) get on the case.
What Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted here is a drama of such life and scope. It's not simply about a crime. It's about people living their lives at a moment in time. There are scenes in this film that are unnecessary to the plot that are completely necessary for these characters.
Take for instance, the intimate scene in a hotel resturant in Fargo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryne Williams on May 11 2004
Format: DVD
I expected Fargo to be a light hearted comedy that was set in the midwest. The movie not only was funny but it was thrilling and violent as well. The movie was good, very good actually. Frances McDormand did a wonderful job playing Marge the pregnant police officer. All the other performances are great including Steve Buschemi's as the ransomer of William H. Macy's wife. The plot is very gripping and the low score and cinematography was good too. I highly reccomend this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAVID on May 7 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When the Coen brothers introduced their first film to the public and we saw their honesty and
quirkyness, coupled with their unique way of telling a story, we were hooked. Their way is not
for everyone, but for those of us who share their outlook on the way some people deal with the
circunstances in which they find themselves, their films are fascinating, Illuminating, and
entertaining as hell. Macy is perfect. McDormand is delightful, Buscemi and Storemare hilarious
and frightening. When l saw the interviews that accompanied the video, l was knocked out to hear
Storemare played HAMLET- Wow! what a range! In my opinion this is right up there with Raising
Arizona.
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Format: Blu-ray
I lived right across the Red river on the Minnesota side of the actual city of Fargo. So, I had to watch the movie to see what it was all about. Turns out, the story is based on Brainerd, a city in Minnesota, which is many a miles far from Fargo. The Coen brothers simply named the movie Fargo because it sounds cooler than "Brainerd" which does not have the same ring to it. Nevertheless, this is a brilliant movie and shows why people say "Minnesota nice". Because people in Minnesota are so nice they can't do a crime well. Right off the bat, William H Macy's character keeps making one mistake after another in his attempt to extort his father-in-law by faking his own wife's kidnapping. Things simply go downhill all the way through the end of the movie. That is all the spoilers I am willing to type here.

This movie is a brilliant portrayal of what greed and stupidity and naivety does to people who aren't inherently evil or bad but happen to dabble in the dark-side in a moment of stupidity. Frances McDormand plays the most likable police officer in the history of Hollywood cinema, and rightly won an Oscar for her performance. Her character, Marge, is the epitome of the Minnesota nice while at the same time being a professional at her job as a police officer.
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Format: DVD
Fargo fits into a tiny crack between popcorn flick and truly interesting, and not just because it's based on a true story. It feels the right amount of homely and immersing to be just another irrelevent kidnapping "drama", all the while keeping its simplistic "movie feel".
The story is told from mutliple perspectives of the main characters. A less-than-successful car salesman Jerry Lundegaard [Macy] agrees to pay two crooks, Carl Showalter [Buscemi] and Gaear Grimsrud [Stormare] to kidnap his wife Jean [Rudrüd]. But along the way, complications happen and the body count rises as Lundegaard and his two hired crooks try, unsuccesfully, to follow through on their plan. Through this, we meet the primary character, or the one whose perspective we look through most--Marge Gunderson [MacDormand], a 7-months-pregnant police officer who takes it upon herself to figure out the situation.
Fargo has more of a small town murder investigation plot than a dramatic something-isn't-quite-right kidnapping focus, which does nothing to worsen the quality of the overall storyline and how it plays out, but there are points where you can spot editing errors and total blandness, but the movie itself is shorter than you would expect and manages to work in such an innovative take on the genre to the frame. The acting is done well and is completely convincing, and the good direction goes hand-in-hand with it. As mentioned, there are spots were the script could be better done, but so much whereas it takes away from the feel of the movie.
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