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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.

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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 81 wins & 57 nominations.
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Jerry Lundegaard
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Carl Showalter
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Gaear Grimsrud
Kristin Rudrüd ...
Jean Lundegaard
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Wade Gustafson
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Scotty Lundegaard
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Irate Customer
Sally Wingert ...
Irate Customer's Wife
Kurt Schweickhardt ...
Car Salesman
Larissa Kokernot ...
Hooker #1
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Hooker #2
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Shep Proudfoot (as Steven Reevis)
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Reilly Diefenbach (voice)
Steve Edelman ...
Morning Show Host
Sharon Anderson ...
Morning Show Hostess
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Stan Grossman
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State Trooper
J. Todd Anderson ...
Victim in the Field
Michelle Suzanne LeDoux ...
Victim in Car
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Marge Gunderson
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Norm Gunderson
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Lou
Petra Boden ...
Cashier
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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)
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Escort (as Michelle Hutchinson)
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Man in Hallway (as David Lomax)
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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)
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Clifford Nelson ...
Heavyset Man In Bar (uncredited)
Lori J. Ness ...
Women in the Bar (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joel Coen
Ethan Coen ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Ethan Coen ... (written by) &
Joel Coen ... (written by)

Produced by

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Tim Bevan ... executive producer
John Cameron ... line producer
Ethan Coen ... producer
Eric Fellner ... executive producer
Joel Coen ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Carter Burwell ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Roger Deakins ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ethan Coen ... film editor (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen ... film editor (as Roderick Jaynes)

Editorial Department

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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
Nicole Schneider ... assistant editor: on location (uncredited)

Casting By

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John S. Lyons ... (casting by) (as John Lyons)

Production Design by

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Rick Heinrichs

Art Direction by

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Thomas P. Wilkins

Set Decoration by

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Lauri Gaffin

Costume Design by

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Mary Zophres

Makeup Department

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John Blake ... key makeup artist
Daniel Curet ... key hair stylist
Bart Mixon ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Margaret Hayes ... post-production supervisor
Gilly Ruben ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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 / 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

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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 / 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

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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

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John Alagna ... opticals: The Effects House

Stunts

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Danny Downey ... stunt player
Jery Hewitt ... stunt coordinator / stunt player
Jennifer Lamb ... stunt player
Eddie L. Watkins ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Jane Brody ... location casting
Kathleen Chopin ... casting assistant
Sandra Dawes ... extras casting (as Sandra D. Dawes)
Christine Sheaks ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Virginia Burton ... costumer
Sister A. Daniels ... costume supervisor (as Sister Daniels)

Location Management

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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

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Carter Burwell ... conductor / 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

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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

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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

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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
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines A homespun murder story. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Fargo - Blutiger Schnee (Germany)
  • Fargo: Comédia de Erros (Brazil)
  • Фарго (Ukraine)
  • Фарго (Russia)
  • Fargo, secuestro voluntario (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $137,301, 19 Jul 1996
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $36,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia William H. Macy begged the directors for the role of Jerry Lundegaard. He did two readings for the part, and became convinced he was the best man for the role. When the Coens (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) didn't get back to him, he flew to New York (where they were starting production) and said, "I'm very, very worried that you are going to screw up this movie by giving this role to somebody else. It's my role, and I'll shoot your dogs if you don't give it to me." He was joking, of course. See more »
Goofs Jean Lundegaard dials 911 from a phone in the upstairs bathroom. A few seconds later, the phone is disconnected. While modern 911 systems could automatically identify the address, that was not the case in 1987. The dispatcher might not have been able to take any further action. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Up Close and Personal/Muppet Treasure Island/Fargo/Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam/The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Do You Know the Way to San Jose See more »
Crazy Credits A symbol similar to the Artist Formerly Known as Prince is in the credits as "victim in field", but it is not him, it is J. Todd Anderson, the storyboard artist. See more »
Quotes Marge Gunderson: [to Gaear] So, that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money? There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just don't understand it.
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