This month we return to the classics as Zach gets schooled in the ways of the Coen Brothers! Our second film in our series – 1996’s Fargo.

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FARGO

Fargo is a 1996 American dark comedy crime thriller film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a struggling car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law (Harve Presnell).


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  1. July 19, 2016 at 4:43 am — Reply

    Minor correction: My mom was born in Chaska, the next town over from Shakopee, but then she grew up in Fargo. As for the family accent, it is absolutely true. My mom’s cousin Sherri sounds exactly like Marge Gunderson. Also, when I lived in St. Paul, I was just a couple of miles from the city limits of White Bear Lake. “Go bears!”

    My opinion of the title has always been that it’s much more literal. The title is about how far people will go to get what they want, about how far things go awry, and about the physical distances that are traveled in the movie. “Fargo” is not a location. It’s a theme.

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