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Writers (WGA):
Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by)
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Release Date:
5 April 1996 (USA) See more »
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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 82 wins & 44 nominations See more »
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Could have been good, but just plain annoying. See more (830 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)

José Feliciano ... 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)
Stuart Skrien .... location assistant
 
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
Bill Schwab .... location projectionist
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)
Christopher P. Jacobs .... location projectionist: Grand Forks (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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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Belgium:KT | 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:
Approaching Brainerd from the south, you see a statue of Paul Bunyan with a sign reading "Welcome to Brainerd." In reality, Brainerd has no such statue. Paul Bunyan Amusement Park, located just outside Brainerd, had a huge statue of Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The park is now at 'This Old Farm,' between Brainerd and Garrison.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In Brainerd, when Officer Olson interviews Mr. Mohra about the guy "going crazy at the lake," they each refer to lakes that are nowhere near Brainerd. Officer Olson asks if it's White Bear Lake, about 130 miles southeast of Brainerd. Mr. Mohra tells him it was Moose Lake. Minnesota has more than 1 Moose Lake, but the closest one is in adjacent Cass County, which is outside of the Brainerd Police department's jurisdiction. The error is repeated later, when Marge Gunderson says she is on patrol around Moose Lake.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.
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Soundtrack:
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59 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Could have been good, but just plain annoying., 27 June 2003
Author: Dr_J from Toronto, Ont.

I can only classify this film as a missed opportunity. While it did have a good storyline, worthy of a film noir, and some very good performances, especially by William H. Macy (you can almost see him crumbling under the weight of not just his crimes, but his cover-ups as well), it is tainted by the Coen brothers' directorial style. What made it intolerable for me was the amount of "quirkiness" that was injected into every single character, scene, and situation. Taken alone, each little quirk is not a big deal, but after so many of them, one after another, it just gets too much to stomach.

Some examples...

The title: The movie takes place mostly in Minneapolis (which isn't quirky enough -- that's where the Mary Tyler Moore Show took place, after all), and Brainerd (and nobody would go see a movie called "Brainerd"). About 5 minutes of screen time were set in Fargo, and Fargo has a quirky-enough sound.

"True" story: Just because a story is true, does that make it a better story? There is both good and bad fiction and non-fiction. So, what is gained by lying about whether a story is true or not? Quirkiness! See, if you believe this story is true, then all this quirkiness must be true too!

Names: Character names were given as Grimsrud, Lundegaard, Showalter and Gunderson. Apparently, Scandinavian-sounding names (especially with a double-a) are much quirkier than Pryce, Lopez, Rossi and Sheppard.

The weather: The snow and the cold serve no purpose but to make the characters put on parkas and snow boots, which make them look quirky. For instance, when the policeman was talking with the man shoveling his driveway, and had to put his hood up so far you couldn't see his face. Quirky! However, anyone who lives in a cold climate knows that when the sky is that grey and the snow is as wet as the stuff he was shoveling, it isn't all that cold...

Accents: Whether or not people actually talk "like that", what's the point of everyone talking like some country bumpkin, even the ones in the fairly large city of Minneapolis? Accents: quirky. No accents: not quirky.

Pregnancy: Apart from making the lead character wobble when she walked, and to give her a convenient excuse to throw up every once in a while, what exactly was the point of making the police chief pregnant? Ah yes, another quirk.

The old friend: A cop meeting an old high school flame at a bar. Sounds kinda dull, right? Well, let's quirk it up a bit. Make the cop a woman -- no, wait: a pregnant woman. Make the guy Oriental. Make it totally unnecessary to the plot. Now we're talkin' quirky!

By the time we get to the end, we're almost surprised that Macy's character sold plain old GM cars instead of Austin Minis or VW Beetles. The whole thing feels like the directors had no confidence in the subject matter, so they slathered on layer after layer of quirks in the hope the audience wouldn't notice.

In the end, it just becomes an exercise in frustration, as a movie that had everything going for it just turns you off after one wink and a poke in the ribs too many.

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