Fargo

(1996)

Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell), paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts.

The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper and two innocent bystanders in rural Minnesota, drawing local Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) into her first homicide investigation. At first unaware that the homicides are connected to a Minneapolis kidnapping, Chief Gunderson draws closer to Jerry Lundegaard as his situation further unravels.

Billy Bob Thornton to Star in ‘Fargo’ Limited Series for FX

Billy Bob Thornton to Star in ‘Fargo’ Limited Series for FX

Academy Award winning writer/producer and Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated actor Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to star in the FX limited series Fargo, an adaptation of the classic Academy Award winning feature film of the same title by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. Production begins this fall in Canada and the series is slated to premiere next spring on FX.

Thornton will play "Lorne Malvo," a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.

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The Coen Brothers Set Up ‘Fargo’ TV Series at FX

The Coen Brothers Set Up ‘Fargo’ TV Series at FX

Filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are teaming up with FX for an hour-long TV series loosely based on their 1996 classic Fargo. The brothers will executive produce alongside Noah Hawley, who is writing the pilot script, and Warren Littlefield.

MGM Television is co-producing with FX Productions. MGM produced and distributed the Fargo movie, and owns the rights. The TV division is also behind the small screen reboot Teen Wolf on MTV.

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‘Fargo’ Goes Back Up North on Blu-ray on May 12th

You can bring home one of Joel and Ethan Coen's most classic films in high-def this May. Fargo will be released on Blu-ray on May 12. No pricing details have been released, but you can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The film stars Frances McDormand, in her Oscar-winning role, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare and Steve Buscemi.

The sixth collaboration of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, Fargo brings the Coen Brothers' unique sensibility to the frozen Minnesota winter, capturing the pathos of a kidnapping scheme gone wildly wrong. Its literate script, nuanced performances, and crisp direction have received the industry's highest honors.

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