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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by)
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Release Date:
5 April 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A homespun murder story. See more »
Plot:
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 88 wins & 52 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An overrated film, but a good one none-the-less. See more (847 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William H. Macy ... Jerry Lundegaard

Steve Buscemi ... Carl Showalter

Peter Stormare ... Gaear Grimsrud
Kristin Rudrüd ... Jean Lundegaard

Harve Presnell ... Wade Gustafson

Tony Denman ... Scotty Lundegaard

Gary Houston ... Irate Customer
Sally Wingert ... Irate Customer's Wife
Kurt Schweickhardt ... Car Salesman
Larissa Kokernot ... Hooker #1

Melissa Peterman ... Hooker #2

Steve Reevis ... Shep Proudfoot (as Steven Reevis)

Warren Keith ... Reilly Diefenbach (voice)
Steve Edelman ... Morning Show Host
Sharon Anderson ... Morning Show Hostess

Larry Brandenburg ... Stan Grossman

James Gaulke ... State Trooper
J. Todd Anderson ... Victim in the Field
Michelle Suzanne LeDoux ... Victim in Car

Frances McDormand ... Marge Gunderson

John Carroll Lynch ... Norm Gunderson

Bruce Bohne ... Lou
Petra Boden ... Cashier

Steve Park ... Mike Yanagita
Wayne A. Evenson ... Customer (as Wayne Evenson)
Cliff Rakerd ... Officer Olson
Jessica Shepherd ... Hotel Clerk
Peter Schmitz ... Airport Lot Attendant
Steven I. Schafer ... Mechanic (as Steve Schaefer)

Michelle Hutchison ... Escort (as Michelle Hutchinson)

David S. Lomax ... Man in Hallway (as David Lomax)

Jose Feliciano ... José Feliciano (as José Feliciano)
Bix Skahill ... Night Parking Attendant (as Don William Skahill)
Bain Boehlke ... Mr. Mohra
Rose Stockton ... Valerie (voice)
Robert Ozasky ... Bismarck Cop #1
John Bandemer ... Bismarck Cop #2
Don Wescott ... Bark Beetle Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bruce Campbell ... Soap Opera Actor on TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clifford Nelson ... Heavyset Man In Bar (uncredited)
Lori J. Ness ... Women in the Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
John Cameron .... line producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen (film editor) (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen (film editor) (as Roderick Jaynes)
 
Casting by
John S. Lyons (casting by) (as John Lyons)
 
Production Design by
Rick Heinrichs 
 
Art Direction by
Thomas P. Wilkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Lauri Gaffin 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... key makeup artist
Daniel Curet .... key hair stylist
Bart Mixon .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Margaret Hayes .... post-production supervisor
Gilly Ruben .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelangelo Csaba Bolla .... first assistant director
James Alan Hensz .... second assistant director (as James Allen Hensz)
Donald Murphy .... second second assistant director
Brian O'Kelley .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Robb T. Anderson .... carpenter (as Robb Anderson)
Maria L. Baker .... art department assistant (as Maria Baker)
Gregory Banks .... carpenter (as Greg Banks)
Curtis Baruth .... construction coordinator (as Curtis W. Baruth)
Brian Bebler .... carpenter
Dwight Benjamin-Creel .... property master
Denise Boquist .... painter
Thomas Christianson .... painter
Joe Connolly .... assistant property master
Jeffrey Daniels .... set dresser
Beth Edelstein .... painter
Beth Edelstein .... sculptor
Kirk Erickson .... carpenter
Joseph F. Ferraro .... set dresser
Andrew Foster .... carpenter
Paul Hankey .... carpenter
Anne Hyvarinen .... lead scenic
Kay Kropp .... painter
Sydney Ann Lunn .... property assistant
Jeff Murphy .... sculptor
Patrick L. Owen .... carpenter (as Patrick Owen)
Gene Palusky .... carpenter
John David Paul .... assistant art director
Stephen J. Readmond .... on-set dresser (as Stephen Readmond)
Bradford Richardson .... graphic artist
Tim Schwob .... construction foreman (as Timothy Schwob)
Joseph Skala .... carpenter
Steve Speers .... set dresser
Jill Stevenson .... set dressing buyer
Amy Thornberry .... assistant lead scenic
Susan J. Tveit .... art department coordinator
Gerald S. Upham .... carpenter
Bob Wiesner .... set dresser
Ben Woolverton .... leadman
David K. Pederson .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
Allan Byer .... sound mixer
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Ezra Dweck .... foley mixer
Dan Evans Farkas .... assistant sound editor (as Dan Evans Farcus)
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Bradford L. Hohle .... consultant: Dolby
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Ken J. Johnson .... sound effects recordist (as Ken Johnson)
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Peter F. Kurland .... boom operator
Skip Lievsay .... re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... apprentice sound editor (as Kimberly R. McCord)
Todd Milner .... assistant sound editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Bruce Pross .... foley editor
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor (as Frederick Rosenberg)
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... dialogue editor
Knox White .... utility sound technician (as Knox Grantham White)
Keenan Wyatt .... boom operator
John Sorensen .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bruce R. Anderson .... special effects technician
Wilfred Caban .... pyrotechnician
Joe Carroll .... special effects technician
Michael Kranz .... special effects technician
Paul Murphy .... special effects coordinator
Dieter Sturm .... snowmaker
Yvonne Sturm .... snowmaker
 
Visual Effects by
John Alagna .... opticals: The Effects House
 
Stunts
Danny Downey .... stunt player
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jery Hewitt .... stunt player
Jennifer Lamb .... stunt player
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Robin Brown .... camera operator
Peter Clemence .... best boy grip
Tony Corapi .... electrician
Ed Dally .... film loader
Milo Durben .... dolly grip
Tom Franchett .... electrician
Adam Gilmore .... second assistant camera
Andy Harris .... first assistant camera
William H. Hobson .... company grip (as William Hobson)
Jeremy Knaster .... best boy electrician
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip (as Mitch Lillian)
William Moore .... rigging gaffer
Bill O'Leary .... chief lighting technician
Timothy O'Toole .... video playback
Joseph Slagerman .... company grip
Michael Tackett .... still photographer
Niel Williams .... company grip (as Neil Williams)
Robin Brown .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jane Brody .... location casting
Kathleen Chopin .... casting assistant
Sandra Dawes .... extras casting (as Sandra D. Dawes)
Christine Sheaks .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginia Burton .... costumer
Sister A. Daniels .... costume supervisor (as Sister Daniels)
 
Editorial Department
Tricia Cooke .... associate editor
Nick Dibeneditto .... negative cutter: N&D Films and Video
David Diliberto .... first assistant editor (as Big Dave Diliberto)
Daniel J. Geiger .... location assistant editor (as Daniel Geiger)
Alma Kuttruff .... apprentice editor
John Dowdell .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Nicole Schneider .... assistant editor: on location (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Robert Graf .... location manager (as Robert J. Graf)
Donald J. Koshiol .... location assistant
Rachel Lynn .... assistant location manager (as Rachel L.T. Kapel)
Bill Schwab .... location projectionist
Stuart Skrien .... location assistant
Christopher P. Jacobs .... location projectionist: Grand Forks (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Emile Charlap .... music contractor
Edmund Choi .... assistant to composer
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Shari Johanson .... associate music editor (as Shari Schwartz)
Todd Kasow .... music editor (as Todd Kassow)
John Moses .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Paul Peabody .... musician: violin (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dave Amberik .... driver
Michael Arnold .... picture car coordinator
Keith Carlson .... driver
Dave Drentlaw .... driver (as David Drentlaw)
Wade P. Ehlen .... driver
David F. Evans .... driver
Scott Michael Johnson .... driver (as Scott Johnson)
Michael Kennedy .... transportation coordinator (as Michael J. Kennedy)
Frank Ketchum .... transportation captain
Eugene Kirsch .... driver (as Gene Kisch)
Peter L. Mullin .... picture car assistant
Ivy Poulliot .... driver
John Rehborg .... driver
Marti Smith .... driver (as Marty E. Smith)
Tommy Ray Smith .... driver
 
Other crew
John Albrecht .... payroll accountant
Clement Baque .... caterer: Entertainment Motion Picture Catering
Cheryl Broussard .... assistant production coordinator (as Cheryl M. Broussard)
Mark Demarais .... set production assistant
Daniel J. Dustin .... set medic: Rescue Resources, Inc. (as Dan Dustin)
Joe Everett .... unit publicist
Jane Frazer .... head of production: Working Title
Kurt W. Gensmer .... set medic: Rescue Resources, Inc.
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production coordinator
Senor Greazer .... meat dinner mc (as Señor Greazer)
Dave Halls .... set production assistant
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach
Carlos José Ibarra .... mechanic (as Jose Ibarra)
Dana Kelley .... assistant accountant
T. Kukovinski .... script supervisor
Michelle Suzanne LeDoux .... craft service (as Michelle LeDoux)
Angela Morrison .... head of business affairs: Working Title
William Preston Robertson .... meat dinner mc (as Bill Robertson)
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance provider
Dan Runyon .... craft service
Mindy Sheldon .... production accountant
Jessica Shepherd .... set production assistant
Bix Skahill .... office production assistant (as Don 'Bix' Skahill)
Jose Solorzano .... caterer: Entertainment Motion Picture Catering
Eric Vignando .... caterer: Entertainment Motion Picture Catering
Charlie Vogel .... post-production accountant (as Charles Vogel)
Jeffrey Abramson .... pre-production intern (uncredited)
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Mimi Everett .... title designer (uncredited)
Kelly Nathe .... photo double: Jean Lundegaard (uncredited)
William Preston Robertson .... field interviewer/archivist for Minnesota accents (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mark Cady .... special thanks
David Daugherty .... special thanks
Deana Elwell .... special thanks
Rick Finkelstein .... special thanks
Peter D. Graves .... special thanks (as Peter Graves)
Julie Hartley .... special thanks
James Hautman .... special thanks
Robert Hautman .... special thanks
Michael Kuhn .... special thanks
Aline Perry .... special thanks
Malcolm Ritchie .... special thanks
Russell Schwartz .... special thanks
Stewart Till .... special thanks
Mark Wolfe .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality
Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Belgium:KT/EA | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (Alberta) (2014) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:12 | Germany:16 (bw) | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #34206)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
None of the movie scenes, either exterior or interior, were actually filmed in Fargo. The bar exterior shown at the beginning of the movie is located in Northeast Minneapolis.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: A jar in the kidnappers' shack has a 1990s "Nutrition Facts" label.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jerry Lundegaard:I'm, uh, Jerry Lundegaard.
Carl Showalter:You're Jerry Lundegaard?
Jerry Lundegaard:Ya. Shep Proudfoot said...
Carl Showalter:Shep said you'd be here at 7:30. What gives, man?
Jerry Lundegaard:Shep said 8:30.
Carl Showalter:We've been sitting here an hour. He's
[motioning to Gaer]
Carl Showalter:peed three times already.
Jerry Lundegaard:I'm sure sorry. Shep told me 8:30. It was a mix-up, I guess.
See more »
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Soundtrack:
These Boots Are Made for Walkin'See more »

FAQ

How did Grimsrud kill Jerry's wife?
Why did Showalter argue with Grimsrud about paying for half of the car?
Did a Japanese woman die because she believed the movie was true?
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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
An overrated film, but a good one none-the-less., 24 January 2004
Author: (poorlittlerichboy@hotmail.com) from New Zealand

FARGO (1996)

THE GOOD:

--I loved the music in the film. It brought across that small town murder feeling really well, and had a kind of Celtic value to it.

--I saw "Fargo" as being a good comedy, as well as a story about how money corrupts good people. As the movie goes along, the characters get into deeper and deeper crap, and why? For a little bit of money, as Marge says near the end of the film. There are some shocking deaths along the course of the storyline, all which have an effect on the audience, as each time someone is shot down it seems like the characters are finding it easier and easier, a convenience to get out of something they don't want to do.

--Joel Coen, director, gives the film real character, and sets up some pretty neat camera shots too. My favourite one was when it appeared we were looking at some kind of playground or car park, and then a figure wanders in, the only moving thing in the frame. I loved this shot because it was just so damn clever, and very well set up. It was kind of like an optical illusion. There were a number of other good camera shots and cinematography techniques, often very simple yet very effective.

--Frances McDormand won an Oscar for her role as Margie in this movie, and I think it was very well deserved. She was pretty funny in parts, as well as bringing a likeability and sympathetic value to her character (I still think Emily Watson deserved the Oscar for her phenomenal performance in "Breaking the Waves"). Steve Buscemi is wonderful to watch as always, he has so much rogue charm to him, and is just a damn entertaining actor. My favourite performance in the film came from William H. Macy, a very underrated actor, who brought the character of Jerry Lundegard to life in many ways. I loved how he was quite a nice guy, a friendly guy who was just lost on what to do when he wanted money. Macy shows very well the enjoyable, nice guy value to Jerry as well as being a darker character in other places in the film.

THE BAD:

--The film walks a fine line plot-wise.there doesn't seem to be all that much in this movie really. It has a number of unimportant scenes that I felt the movie could've done without (Marge's old college buddy Mike?). Some of them were funny and enjoyable, while quite a few just dragged the film down and made it boring and slow in places.

RATING:

7/10 - I appreciated this movie, and it was made well. Perhaps it just wasn't particularly to my taste, I just didn't find it as engaging or masterful as many have over the years. Real good then, yah.

IF YOU LIKED THIS MOVIE I RECOMMEND:

The Ice Storm (9/10) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (5/10) Pulp Fiction (10/10) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (4/10) Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (7/10)

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