William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Joel Coen (Director), Joel Coen (Screenplay), Ethan Coen (Screenplay)
Released: April 5th, 1996
Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you...
There's humor (which is practically always the fact with the Coens of course), there's an engaging and thrilling story (probably still their best) that also makes some subtle, interesting comments on our society as a whole, the characters are meticulously constructed and especially pregnant policewoman Marge....
Gaear panics and kills the police officer and two innocent motorists who witnessed the murder as they were driving by. Enter Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), a heavily pregnant police chief who investigates these deaths.