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Fargo (1996) - Movie Details

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Suspense Drama Crime Comedy
98 min.
Release Date
March 8, 1996 (LA/NY)
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Running Time
98 minutes
MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality

Fargo is a real-life story about a plan where nothing seems to go right and the simplest plan can turn out to have extremely high costs, including murder.

Minnesota, 1987. Jerry Lundegaard is a car salesman, who, to get himself out of a debt, hires two thugs to kidnap his own wife. Jerry gives the two criminals a car and plans on paying them an additional $80,000 after he gets a $1,000,000 ransom from his... Full synopsis »

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In the midst of high budget action films and emotional dramas is Fargo, a movie that doesn't seem to really fit into a genre. It's a dark comedy but based on true events which doesn't make it as funny. Some scenes are funny, some scenes are not (and are not supposed to be), and it jumps back and forth throughout the movie. Fargo is unquestionably weird, with a town full of Nordic speakers and a twisted plot where nothing seems to go right (in the movie, I mean). Undeniably Fargo makes fun of the ones who set it all up, expressing the stupidity of it all. Some times, I was lost, but halfway through, I started to pick up what it was all about and began to really enjoy it. The main character, Marge Gunderson, isn't even introduced until halfway through the 98-minute movie, which made me wonder how she won an Academy Award (though in real life she does not have the accent). Nevertheless, she did a good job and smoothed out the rough edges in Fargo. Still, you have to see it to believe it; words can't describe Fargo. Full movie review »
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