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97 min.
United States United States
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Carter Burwell
Roger Deakins
Co-production United States-United Kingdom;
Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films
Thriller. Mystery | Crime. Neo-noir. Black Comedy. Small Town Life (North-american). 1980s. Kidnapping Film / Disappearance
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Synopsis / Plot
Poor Jerry Lundegaard. He's deep in debt. His wealthy father-in-law has no respect for him. He cheats customers at the car dealership where he works. And now he's hired a bumbling duo to kidnap his wife--a plan that goes horribly awry, leading to homicide. Enter Marge Gunderson, one of the most fabulous movie cops in film history. The very-pregnant Marge--played marvelously by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning and career-defining performance--just goes about her everyday business, eating (in nearly every scene), talking to the people in the community, and examining bloody corpses as if no day is different from the next. A multiple murder in the small town of Brainerd, Minnesota--home of Paul Bunyan, as the sign claims--seems to have little effect on her. Yet she has an innate cop sense--she is very, very good at her job and determined to solve the case in her offhanded manner.
1996: 2 Academy Awards: Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Original Screenplay. 7 Nominations
1996: 4 Nominations for Golden Globe, including Movie Comedy or Musical, Director
1996: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director. Nominated for Palme d´Or (Golden Palm)
1996: BAFTA Awards: Best Director. 6 Nominations, Including Best Picture
1996: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
1996: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Director
1996: 3 Satellite Awards: Best Drama Film, Director & Actress (Frances McDormand)
1996: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film. 2 Nominations
1996: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture & Best Actress (Frances McDormand)
1996: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay. 4 Nominations
1996: Independent Spirit Awards: 6 Awards including Best Film & Best Director
1996: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1996: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1996: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
1996: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress (Frances McDormand). 2 Nominations
1996: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 5 Awards, incl. Best Picture & Director. 8 Nominations
1996: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Film
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