Fargo – small town, big crime, ice cold
The fact based story starts off in Fargo, North Dakota, where Minneapolis car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires two low lifes (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife. Jerry’s plan is to extort money from his rich father-in-law by splitting the ransom with the kidnappers. Ambitious Jerry wants to climb the social ladder by financing a profitable business-deal with the money. Bloodcurdling complications arise when the deviant pair, sharp tongued Carl (Buscemi) and taciturn Gaear (Stormare), kidnap Jerry’s wife (Kristin Rudrüd) and murder a highway patrolman and two passersby on the way to their hideaway.
When Jerry asks his despotic father-in-law Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell), who loves his daughter and grandson, but despises Jerry, for the ransom, stingy Wade wants to beat down the ransom and do the handing over himself. As a result of Wade’s stubbornness he gets killed and Jerry doesn’t get anything. In the meantime psychopathic Gaear kills the hostage and finally even his accomplice Carl after a pointless quarrel about a car.
It’s up to pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand - see picture to the left) to solve the homicides and the situation that connects them. When relentless Marge arrives on the first murder scene, it only takes her a matter of minutes to figure out what went on. Finally she solves the riddle, captures Gaear and turns out to be the heroine of the story. Keeping the gory action in mind, the film ends with an unconventional happy ending. The last scene shows Marge and her husband, who have retreated to their peaceful home, where they await the birth of their baby.