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"A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere."

Fargo is about a small-town police chief named Marge Gunderson. Marge is investigating the deaths of a Minnesota State Patrol officer and a couple that are all shot on a local road. The primary suspect in the case is a car salesman named Jerry Lundegaard, a down-on-his-luck man who has found himself in a heap of financial trouble. Unbeknownst to Marge, it was Jerry who hatched a plan to have his wife kidnapped so her wealthy family could pay the ransom. Jerry had hired two criminals named Carl Showalter and Gaear Grimsrud to perpetrate the crime. Jerry secretly plans to ask for more money and keep most of it for himself.

Carl and Gaear are able to kidnap Jerry's wife, but the pair panics when they are stopped by the state trooper. While Carl simply wants to bribe the officer, Gaear decides to kill him instead. Unfortunately, a couple is passing by in their car just as Gaear is committing this act, so he chases them down and kills them as well.

Marge has to piece all of this information together while she is very pregnant, but manages to spot key clues and find valuable witnesses willing to talk. After several days of investigation, Marge is able to trace the getaway vehicle back to Jerry's car dealership. However, she is not able to get much information out of Jerry, who is growing increasingly nervous that his elaborate plan is going to fail.

Tensions between Jerry and his wife's family mount the longer the kidnapping drags on. The two sides finally decide to meet, but one last disagreement sets in motion a chain of events that leaves everyone affected. It is soon up to Marge to unravel the sorted scheme and to try and restore some dignity.

Fargo revolves around the idea that desperate people go to unwitting extremes when pushed far enough. Plus, the greed displayed by many of the characters in Fargo is balanced by the motherly instincts of Marge.

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| 1996 | 1 hr 38 min | 8.1/10
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