Fargo (1996)

fargoBy Scott Goldfine

The Cohen brothers (“Blood Simple”), renowned for their film noir stylings, dark humor and quirky characters, have hit pay dirt again with this prime effort. It’s about a car salesman whose scheme to have his wife kidnapped so he can split the ransom goes terribly awry.

Great performances, including Frances McDormand as a smalltown sheriff, and the Cohens’ inimitable flair add to the lurid fun. William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi turn in flawless performances. Rated R.

GRADE: A

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