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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Frances McDormand
Steve Buscemi
William H Macy
Peter Stormare
Directors
Joel Coen
Screenwriters
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Running Time
97 minutes

Fargo
The Coens' mischievous take on smalltown and allegedly true-life crime


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Plot
A desperate businessman hires two hoods to kidnap his wife, in order to grab the ransom money for himself. However, when small-town sherrif Marge Gunderson starts to investigate, his carefully laid plan goes horribly wrong.


Verdict
The Coens are still a million miles from Hollywood staple, but with Fargo's comic felicity, gun-packing coolness and ability to come up with the totally unexpected, they maintain their place among America's most important filmmakers. Excellent.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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