The Coens’ darkly comic policier about a bogus kidnapping going catastrophically wrong.
Joel and Ethan Coen
Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, William H Macy
USA 1996. 98min
When troubled car-dealer Jerry Lundegaard (Macy) arranges the bogus kidnapping of his wife, planning to get the ransom, he sets in train a chain of events involving massive loss of life; police chief Marge Gunderson investigates… The Coens’ seamless blend of policier, black comedy and philosophical rumination is one of their finest achievements, scripted, shot, scored and performed to perfection throughout.