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Directed by: Joel Coen
Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi
Fargo ranked # 84 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Fargo is a 1996 neo-noir film created by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. It is set in the Upper Midwest (the opening scene is set in North Dakota, and the rest in Minnesota, and tells the tale of a car salesman (William H. Macy), a pregnant police chief (Frances McDormand), and two hit men.
Fargo won two Oscars in 1996 - one for its screenplay and another for McDormand's performance. The film also won a BAFTA Award and several other international film awards.
The entire film takes place in Minnesota, with the exception of a short scene in the eponymous Fargo, North Dakota at the beginning, and another short scene near Bismarck, North Dakota at the end. Most of the action is set near Brainerd, Minnesota, and in the suburbs of Minneapolis.
The scene in the Oldsmobile car dealership where Jerry talks to the couple about the TruCoat on the car is based on Ethan Coen's actual experience with a car salesman.
Unseasonably mild winter weather forced the crew to move locations frequently to find suitable snow-covered landscapes, and fake snow had to be used for many scenes. Pools and streams of meltwater are visible in many scenes.
Fargo won the following awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress (Frances McDormand)
Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Joel & Ethan Coen)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
BAFTA David Lean Award for Direction (Joel Coen)
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director (Joel Coen)
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