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Fargo (1996)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Fargo (1996)

In the Coen Brothers' masterpiece:

  • the opening credits sequence with images (beautifully filmed by Roger Deakins) of a frozen, snow-blanketed North Dakota and a car (with another car in tow) emerging in the white-out conditions and making its way along the deserted highway
  • the crime scene at which 7 months-pregnant Brainerd Minnesota's Chief of Police Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) doubled over, bent down, and supported herself on her knee as her morning sickness overwhelmed her instead of the tragedy of the roadside triple murder - as she stated: "I just think I'm gonna barf"
  • Marge's interrogation of two dim-witted hookers (Larissa Kokernot and Melissa Peterman) at the Lakeside Club to learn what the suspects looked like, with one of them describing a "funny looking" uncircumcised male: ("The little guy was kinda funny-Iookin'...I don't know. Just funny-Iookin'...I couldn't really say. He wasn't circumcised"); Marge was astonished and asked again: "Was he funny-lookin' apart from that?"
  • Marge's questioning of smarmy and snippy car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) in his auto-sales office: ("Ma'am, I answered your question. I answered the darn... I'm cooperating here, and there's, there's no, uhm...Well, heck! If you wanna, if you wanna play games here. I'm workin' with ya on this thing here, but, OK, I'll do a damn lot count...Yah, right now. You're darned tootin'. If it's so damned important to ya") - but then fled from the showroom, and her shocked realization: "Oh, for Pete's sake, he's fleeing the interview! He's fleeing the interview!" when she saw suspect Jerry escaping in a car outside the auto dealership
  • the violent money-drop scene when Carl was shot in the cheek by a dying Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell)
  • the infamous body disposal scene in which Marge slowly edged her way around a lakeside cabin to discover a mad Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) supplying his wood chipper with the body of his kidnapping accomplice Carl (Steve Buscemi) - with only one shoeless leg/foot left to be shredded
The Wood Chipper
"There's more to life than a little money, you know"
  • in the patrol car, Marge's chastisement to the captured criminal: ("So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don't you know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well, I just don't understand it.")
  • the satisfying epilogue between Marge and her loving husband Norm (John Carroll Lynch) anticipating a hopeful future: ("We're doing pretty good...Two more months...")

Opening Credits

Police Chief Marge's "Morning Sickness"

Questioning Two Hookers

Car Salesman Jerry Lundegaard
(William H. Macy)

"Two more months..."


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