Another malicious, extra-dark comedy from the Coen brothers. Car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (Macy) hires a couple of losers to kidnap his wife so he can swindle the ransom money out of his father-in-law. Naturally, the scheme begins to unravel and the very pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson (McDormand) treks through the frozen tundra of Minnesota to put the pieces of the puzzle together. McDormand's performance as the chatty competent chief is first rate. Needling the flat-accented Midwesterners of their youth, the Coens have also returned to their filmmaking roots after the disappointing big-budget "Hudsucker Proxy." Because Minneapolis was having its warmest, driest winter in 100 years, the Coens were forced to shoot most of the exteriors in wintery North Dakota.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 97 minutes.
Oscars 1996: Actress (McDormand), Orig. Screenplay; AFI 1998: Top 100; Australian Film Inst. 1996: Foreign Film; British Acad. 1996: Director (Coen); Cannes 1996: Director (Coen); Ind. Spirit 1997: Actor (Macy), Actress (McDormand), Cinematog., Director (Coen), Film, Screenplay; Natl. Bd. of Review 1996: Actress (McDormand), Director (Coen); N.Y. Film Critics 1996: Film; Screen Actors Guild 1996: Actress (McDormand); Writers Guild 1996: Orig. Screenplay; Broadcast Film Critics 1996: Actress (McDormand), Film.
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