Synopsis: Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Production: MGM
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 79 wins & 59 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Fargo, North Dakota

I'm Jerry Lundegaard.

- You're Jerry Lundegaard?

- Yah.

- Shep Proudfoot said...

- He said you'd come at 7.30. What gives????????????

Shep said 8.30.

We've been here an hour.

He's peed three times already.

Aw. I'm sure sorry. Shep told me 8.30.

It was a mix-up, I guess.

- You got the car?

- Yah, you bet. Its out in the lot there.

- Brand-new, burnt-umber Ciera.

- Yeah, OK. Well, sit down, then.

I'm Carl Showalter.

This is my associate, Gaear Grimsrud.

Yah. How ya doin'?

- So, we all set on this thing, then?

- Sure, Jerry. Why wouldn't we be?

Yeah, no, I'm sure you are. Shep vouched

for you. I've got every confidence in you.

I guess thats it, then. Here are the keys.

No, thats not it, Jerry.

- Huh?

- The new vehicle, plus $40,000.

Yah, but the deal was the car first, then

the $40,000, like as if it was the ransom.

- I thought Shep told you.

- Shep didn't tell us much.

- Well, OK. Its...

- Except that you'd be here at 7.30.

- Yah, that was a mix-up.

- Yeah. You already said that.

Yah. But its not

a whole pay-in-advance deal.

See, I give you a brand-new vehicle

in advance, and then...

- I'm not gonna debate you, Jerry.

- OK.

I'm not gonna sit here and debate.

I will say this, though. What Shep told us

didn't make a lot of sense.

Oh, no, its real sound. Its all worked out.

- You want your own wife kidnapped?

- Yah.


My point is, you pay the ransom,

what, 80,000 bucks?

I mean, you give us half the ransom -

Its like robbin' Peter to pay Paul.

Makes no sense.

OK. See, its not me paying the ransom.

The thing is, my wife, she's wealthy.

Her dad, he's real well-off.

- Now, I'm in trouble.

- What kind of trouble you in, Jerry?

Well, thats... I'm not gonna get into...

See, I just need the money.

- Now, her dad, he's real well-off.

- So why not just ask him for the money?

- Or your f***ing wife.

- Or your f***ing wife, Jerry.


Its all part of this...

They don't know I need it, see.

OK, so there's that.

And even if they did, I wouldn't get it.

So there's that on top, then.

- These are personal matters.

- Personal matters?

Yah. Personal matters that needn't...

OK, Jerry. You're tasking us

to peftorm this mission, but you won't...

You won't...

Oh, f*** it. Lets take a look at that Ciera.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

- Hon!

- Hi, hon. Welcome back.

- How was Fargo?

- Yah. Real good.

Dad's here.

- How ya doin', Wade?

- Yah. Pretty good.

- What you watchin' there?

- Gophers.

Who they playin'?

- Is he stayin' for supper, then?

- Yah, I think so. Dad?

- What?

- You stayin' for supper?


- May I be excused?

- What?

- You done there?

- Uh-huh. I'm going out.

- Where are you going?

- Just McDonald's.

- Back at 9.30.

- OK.

He just ate. He didn't finish. He's going

to McDonald's instead of finishing here.

- He sees his friends there. Its OK.

- Its OK, McDonald's?

What do you think they do there?

They don't drink milkshakes!

Its OK, Dad.

Wade, have you had a chance to think

about that deal I was talkin' about?

- Those 40 acres there on Wayzata?

- You told me about it.

Yah. You said you'd think about it.

I understand its a lot of money.

Its a heck of a lot.

What did you want to put there?

- A lot. Its a limited...

- I know its a lot.

- I mean a parking lot.

- Yeah, well, $750,000 is a lot.

- Yeah, well, its a chunk, but...

- I had two lots. Lost a lot of money.

- Yah, but the difference...

- Why not show it to Stan Grossman?

Stan'll say no dice.

Thats why you pay him.

I'm askin' you here, Wade.

This could work out real good

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Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010) and The Big Lebowski (1998). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two children. more…

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