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Fargo (1996)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Joel Coen

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About the Movie

In Fargo, filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen both embrace and satirize their North Dakota roots. A patrolman and two innocent bystanders are discovered murdered in cold blood on a snowy North Dakota highway, leading very pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) on an investigation that uncovers a conspiracy of greed and ineptitude. Minneapolis husband, farther and car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), who has long chafed under the thumb of his wealthy boss and father-in-law, concocts an elaborate scheme involving the kidnapping of his wife and a million-dollar ransom to pay off his extensive gambling debts. However, everything that could possibly go wrong indeed DOES go wrong. Officer Gunderson's outwardly homespun and folksy persona conceals a penetrating mind and a fierce moral compass, and she easily sees through the poorly executed and badly hidden events perpetrated by the bumbling, yet highly dangerous kidnappers (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare). Her hilarious and arresting performance netted her an Oscar, and the Coens were also rewarded with a Best Original Screenplay award.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 91
  • Fresh: 85
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 8.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Fargo is a strikingly mature, uniqueentertainment that plays on many levels ... all satisfying. – Leonard Klady, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Chief Gunderson was created by the Coens specifically for Frances McDormand ... and they've been rewarded by a brilliant and unblinking comic performance. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Apr 21, 2014

Fresh: [Frances] McDormand is excellent and has a lot of fun with her tenacious and competent character, who is dedicated to duty and her sweet, supportive husband. – David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 19, 2018

Fresh: The film is a work of brick-by-brick world-building in the service of characters whose ordinariness is just as carefully crafted. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Jan 19, 2016

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Customer Reviews

About freaking time!

Finally iTunes has released Fargo, one of my all time favorite movies and my favorite Coen Brothers movie. The Coen Brothers are the masters of dark comedies. Fargo is a very dark and disturbing movie but it's also hilarious. I especially love how it makes fun of "the people of Minnesota doncha ya know". Like what Gene Siskel said back in 1996 when he reviewed this movie with Roger Ebert, he said "there will not be a better film this year", and he was right, Fargo pretty much owned every single movie that came out that year. I recommend this movie, please buy it, you will not be disapointed.

a perfect movie

One of the greatest screenplays of all time, Fargo is a must see. The best Coen Bros film, Fargo is a masterpiece with excellent cinematography and characters. I love this movie, it's one of the seven movie i own.

Oh Jeeze

Great movie, ridiculous trailor.

Fargo (1996)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1996

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