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Average of 3661 ratings: 3.8 Stars

1995 M Contains violence.

A homespun murder story.

An ordinary place, an extraordinary thriller. Dark yet funny, this highly original thriller from the Coen Brothers follows the plight of Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), a hapless car salesman so deep in debt, he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife. But he doesn't bargain for Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), heavily pregnant and determined to solve the crime.

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98 minutes
1997 Academy Awards
Best Actress: Frances McDormand
1996 BAFTA
BAFTA Award for Best Direction: Joel Coen

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Screen Format
1.78:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English, English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, English Audio Commentary, French Audio Commentary, Spanish Audio Commentary, English Information, French Information, Spanish Information
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded

39 Member Reviews Write a review

5 by Neil30

A gem from the Coen brothers. Full of quirky (weird!) characters and disastrous plot twists, it has magnificent cinematography and even makes you feel cold as you watch those winter scenes.

5 by nzcanadian1

I loved the friendly accents in this movie, which made it a bit hard to appreciate the seriousness of the situation. However, the movie made a lot of sense and was highly watchable. Don't watch it with... Read more

5 by Carol

Loved it. Had already seen it at the movies a few years ago but I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. Superb acting and oozing black humour. I would hasen to add that it may not be for the... Read more

5 by Dutchman

This is the Coen brothers at their best. Nobody puts a foot wrong in this story (apparently true) which has sublime moments of comedy drama and the odd excellent shock. While Buscemi and Macy shine... Read more

5 by Bidrose

GREAT movie. Very much black comedy. I took a friend who is a church Minister - she kept bursting out laughing and slapping her hand over her mouth and saying "I can't believe I'm laughing at that"!... Read more

5 by Michael70

Great movie. Third time I've watched it. It's violent but somehow funny, quirky and wonderfully eccentric at the same time. It's a must see.

5 by Nz_Dave

A truly must watch black comedy.

A brilliantly quirky story, with every disastrous twist you can imagine. Masterfully filmed and well cast. An easy 5/5 from me.

5 by CC

So real - a classic thriller and yet a completely unusual film. If you love thrillers, like me, but get sick of the same plots/characters/settings then watch this for a truly refreshing experience.... Read more

5 by Fiona361

This movie was GREAT! Thought William H Macy played a very great character, and Frances Mcdormand was wonderful!

5 by Natalina1

Although it is many years since I first saw this movie, there is one role that stays fresh in my mind. Frances McDermond as the policewoman was unforgettable. She was delightful, quirky, funny, endearing... Read more