Fargo


1h 37m 1996
Fargo

Brief Synopsis

Jerry Lundegaard is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father, paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The sche...

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Black Comedy
Crime
Mystery
Thriller
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Gramercy Pictures
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Synopsis

Jerry Lundegaard is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father, paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper and two innocent bystanders in rural Minnesota, drawing local Police Chief Marge Gunderson into her first homicide investigation. At first unaware that the homicides are connected to a Minneapolis kidnapping, Chief Gunderson draws closer to Jerry Lundegaard as his situation further unravels.

Crew

John Alagna

Other

John Albrecht

Accountant

David Amberik

Driver

Bruce R Anderson

Special Effects

J. Todd Anderson

Storyboard Artist

Robb Anderson

Carpenter

Michael Arnold

Other

Maria Baker

Art Assistant

Greg Banks

Carpenter

Clement Baque

Caterer

Michael Barry

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Curtis W Baruth

Construction Coordinator

Brian Bebler

Carpenter

Dwight Benjamin-creel

Property Master

Tim Bevan

Executive Producer

John Blake

Makeup Artist

Michelangelo Csaba Bolla

Assistant Director

Denise Boquist

Other

Jim Bridges

Photography

Jane Brody

Location Casting

Cheryl M Broussard

Assistant Production Coordinator

Robin Brown

Camera Operator

Carter Burnell

Music

Virginia Burton

Costumes

Carter Burwell

Music

Allan Byer

Sound Mixer

Wilfred Caban

Pyrotechnics

Mark Cady

Special Thanks To

John Cameron

Line Producer

Keith Carlson

Driver

Joe Carroll

Special Effects

Emile Charlap

Music Contractor

Ben Cheah

Sound Effects

Edmund Choi

Assistant

Kathleen Chopin

Casting Associate

Thomas Christianson

Other

Peter Clemence

Best Boy Grip

Ethan Coen

Producer

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

Ethan Coen

Editor

Joel Coen

Screenplay

Joel Coen

Editor

Joe Connolly

Assistant Property Master

Tricia Cooke

Associate Editor

Tony Corapi

Electrician

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Daniel Curet

Hair Stylist

Ed Dally

Camera

Jeffrey Daniels

On-Set Dresser

Sister Daniels

Costume Supervisor

David Daugherty

Special Thanks To

Sandra D Dawes

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Roger Deakins

Director Of Photography

Roger Deakins

Dp/Cinematographer

Mark Demarais

Set Production Assistant

Nick Dibeneditto

Negative Cutting

David Diliberto

Assistant Editor

Danny Downey

Stunt Player

David Drentlaw

Driver

Milo Durben

Dolly Grip

Dan Dustin

Medic

Ezra Dweck

Foley Mixer

Beth Edelstein

Other

Beth Edelstein

Art Department

Wade P Ehlen

Driver

Deana Elwell

Special Thanks To

Kirk Erickson

Carpenter

David F Evans

Driver

Dan Evans Farcus

Assistant Sound Editor

Michael Farrow

Music

Eric Fellner

Executive Producer

Joseph F Ferraro

On-Set Dresser

Andrew Foster

Carpenter

Tom Franchett

Electrician

Jane Frazer

Production

Lauri Gaffin

Set Decorator

Eugene Gearty

Sound

Daniel Geiger

Location Assistant

Kurt W Gensmer

Medic

Karen Ruth Getchell

Production Coordinator

Adam Gilmore

Assistant Camera Operator

Lewis Goldstein

Sound

Robert Graf

Location Manager

Peter Graves

Special Thanks To

Greazer

Other

Dave Halls

Set Production Assistant

Paul Hankey

Carpenter

Andy Harris

Assistant Camera Operator

Julie Hartley

Special Thanks To

James Hautman

Special Thanks To

Robert Hautman

Special Thanks To

Maggie Hayes

Post-Production Supervisor

Rick Heinrichs

Production Designer

Jim Hensz

Assistant Director

Jery Hewitt

Stunt Player

Jery Hewitt

Stunt Coordinator

Elizabeth Himmelstein

Dialect Coach

William Hobson

Grip

Bradford L Hohle

Consultant

Anne Hyvarinen

Other

Jose Ibarra

Other

Kenton Jakub

Adr Editor

Roderick Jaynes

Producer

Roderick Jaynes

Screenplay

Roderick Jaynes

Editor

Shari Schwartz Johanson

Music Editor

Ken J Johnson

Sound Effects

Scott Edward Johnson

Driver

Rachell T Kapel

Assistant Location Manager

Todd Kasow

Music Editor

Dana Kelley

Accounting Assistant

Michael J Kennedy

Transportation Coordinator

Frank Kern

Foley Editor

Frank Ketchum

Transportation Captain

Gene Kisch

Driver

Jeremy Knaster

Best Boy

Donald J Koshiol

Location Assistant

Michael Kranz

Special Effects

Kay Kropp

Other

Michael Kuhn

Special Thanks To

T Kukovinski

Script Supervisor

Peter Kurland

Boom Operator

Alma Kuttruff

Apprentice

Jennifer Lamb

Stunt Player

Michelle Ledoux

Craft Service

Skip Lievsay

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Skip Lievsay

Sound Editor

Mitch Lillian

Key Grip

Sydney Lunn

Props Assistant

John S. Lyons

Casting

Kimberly R Mccord

Apprentice

Todd Milner

Assistant Sound Editor

Bill Moore

Rigging Gaffer

William Moore

Rigging Gaffer

Angela Morrison

Other

Peter L Mullin

Transportation

Donald W Murphy

Assistant Director

Jeff Murphy

Art Department

Paul Murphy

Special Effects Coordinator

Brian O'kelley

Assistant Director

Billy O'leary

Lighting Technician

Timothy O'toole

Video Playback

Patrick Owen

Carpenter

Gene Palusky

Carpenter

John David Paul

Assistant Art Director

Glenfield Payne

Sound

Aline Perry

Special Thanks To

Ivy Poulliot

Driver

Bruce Pross

Foley Editor

Stephen J Readmond

On-Set Dresser

John Rehborg

Driver

Bradford Richardson

Graphic Artist

Malcolm Ritchie

Special Thanks To

Bill Robertson

Other

Fred Rosenberg

Dialogue Editor

Gilly Ruben

Unit Production Manager

Dan Runyon

Craft Service

Bill Schwab

Projectionist

Russell S Schwartz

Special Thanks To

Timothy Schwob

Foreman

Christine Sheaks

Casting Associate

Mindy Sheldon

Production Accountant

Jessica Shepherd

Set Production Assistant

Bix Skahill

Office Assistant

Joseph Skala

Carpenter

Stuart Skrien

Location Assistant

Joseph Slagerman

Grip

Marty E Smith

Driver

Tommy Ray Smith

Driver

Jose Solorzano

Caterer

Steve Speers

On-Set Dresser

Jill Stevenson

On-Set Dresser

Dieter Sturm

Other

Yvonne Sturm

Other

Michael Tackett

Photography

Amy Thornberry

Assistant

Stewart Till

Special Thanks To

Susan J Tveit

Art Department Coordinator

Gerald S Upham

Carpenter

Eric Vignando

Caterer

Steve Visscher

Foley Editor

Charles Vogel

Post-Production Accountant

Magdaline Volaitis

Dialogue Editor

Knox White

Sound

Bob Wiesner

On-Set Dresser

Thomas P. Wilkins

Art Director

Neil Williams

Grip

Mark Wolfe

Special Thanks To

Keenan Wyatt

Boom Operator

Mary Zophres

Costume Designer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Black Comedy
Crime
Mystery
Thriller
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Gramercy Pictures
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Award Wins

Best Actress

1996
Frances McDormand

Best Actress

1996
Frances Mcdormand

Best Original Screenplay

1996

Best Writing

1996
Ethan Coen

Best Writing

1996
Joel Coen

Award Nominations

Best Cinematography

1996

Best Director

1996

Best Editing

1996

Best Picture

1996

Best Supporting Actor

1996
William H. Macy

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of five 1996 awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Original Musical Score.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Actress (Frances McDormand) from the National Board of Review. Joel Coen was also cited for Best Director.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Winner of the 1996 awards for Best Film and Best Actress (Frances McDormand) from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Winner of two 1996 Golden Satellite Awards including Best Drama and Best Director from the International Press Academy.

Limited Release in United States March 8, 1996

Released in United States Spring March 8, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 22, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 29, 1996

Expanded Release in United States April 5, 1996

Re-released in United States December 6, 1996

Released in United States on Video October 1, 1996

Formerly distributed in USA on video by PolyGram Video.

Joel Coen received the Best Director Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

Began shooting January 22, 1995.

Completed shooting March 22, 1995.

Limited Release in United States March 8, 1996

Released in United States Spring March 8, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 22, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 29, 1996

Expanded Release in United States April 5, 1996

Re-released in United States December 6, 1996 (New York City)

Released in United States on Video October 1, 1996

Joel and Ethan Coen won the 1996 award for Best Screenplay Written Directly For the Screen from the Writers Guild of America (WGA).