No character in Fargo is terribly bright, but then any law student can tell you that most criminals are tripped up by their own sheer stupidity. Here, a suburban Minneapolis car dealer, facing exposure for his white-collar crimes, arranges to have his wife kidnapped for ransom, and, oh geez, it doesn’t turn out real good. Enter Marge Gunderson, heavy with child beneath her Brainerd Police parka, who follows the trail of blood all the way to Moose Lake.

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen

Screenplay by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Starring: Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

Major nominations on original release : Academy Awards TM® for Best Picture, Director Joel Coen, Actress Frances McDormand, Supporting Actor (Macy), 49th BAFTA Awards, Other Awards

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