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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 82
Notable as: Crime FictionGenre: crime film, drama film, neo-noir, black comedy filmNarrative location: Midwestern United States, Minnesota, North DakotaRuntime: 98 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: USA, United KingdomDirector: Joel Coen, Ethan CoenScreenwriter: Joel Coen, Ethan CoenMusic: Carter BurwellCinematography: Roger DeakinsStars: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, Peter Stormare, John Carroll Lynch, José Feliciano, Steve Park, Kristin Rudrud Producer: Joel Coen, Ethan CoenStudio: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title FilmsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actress (Frances McDormand)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year
National Film Registry
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
Academy Award for Best Director (Joel Coen)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Ethan Coen)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (William H. Macy)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

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 who investigates a series of local homicides, and William H. Macy as a struggling car salesman who hires two criminals to kidnap his wife. The film also features Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell and John Carroll Lynch. The film earned seven Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Original Screenplay for the Coens and Best Actress in a Leading Role for McDormand. It also won the BAFTA Award and the Award for Best Director for Joel Coen at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and inducted into the United States National Film Registry for preservation, making it one of five films to have been preserved in their first year of eligibility. The film was followed by the critically acclaimed FX television series created and written by Noah Hawley, with the Coen brothers acting as executive producers.


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