Fargo/Rain Man

Fargo/Rain Man

     
 

Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen both embraced and poked satirical fun at their Minnesotan roots with this comedy-drama-thriller that earned seven Oscar nominations, winning for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor masks a whip-smart mind. When a pair… See more details below

Overview

Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen both embraced and poked satirical fun at their Minnesotan roots with this comedy-drama-thriller that earned seven Oscar nominations, winning for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor masks a whip-smart mind. When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a case involving a pair of dopey would-be kidnappers, Carl (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear (Bergman stock player Peter Stormare). They've been hired by Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), a car salesman under the thumb of his wealthy, overbearing boss and father-in-law, Wade (Harve Presnell). Jerry's raised some money illegally through a petty scam he's run on General Motors and he's about to get caught. When Wade sours a business deal that could save his son-in-law's hide, the desperate Jerry hires Carl and Gaear to kidnap his wife and hold her for ransom. Things go predictably wrong and a series of murders occur, with Marge, waddling along behind her enormous belly and ever-hungering for an all-you-can-eat buffet, hot on the trail of the killers. Although the credits for Fargo state that the film is loosely based on real events, the story is entirely fictional, the claim being just an ironic jibe on the part of the Coens.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
"Remarkable" and "spellbinding" are two words often appropriately used to describe the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1988, a profoundly moving drama leavened with occasional bits of hilarity by director Barry Levinson. After the death of his father, Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) quickly finds himself the caregiver to his autistic older brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), who has been institutionalized for most of his life. Charlie gradually warms up to the sibling he barely knows, facing innumerable challenges presented by Raymond's needs and eccentricities. The narrative tends to meander at times, and its outcome is more or less predictable, but Levinson elicits such amazing performances from his two leading men that you won't care about plot complications; your attention will be riveted on Cruise and Hoffman. Valeria Golino contributes a nice supporting turn as Charlie’s girlfriend, Susannah, who becomes disgusted with his selfishness and ultimately takes him to task for exploiting Raymond's unusual talents. But for most of the movie it's just Cruise and Hoffman on the screen, radiating energy and bouncing sharp lines off each other in dizzying succession. The Ron Bass-Barry Morrow screenplay also won an Academy Award, as did Levinson's direction. The guy who really earned his little gold statuette, though, was Hoffman, whose multilayered and perfectly consistent performance still ranks as one of the most accomplished in film history.
Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The Coen brothers (Blood Simple, Barton Fink) scored their biggest critical success with this darkly funny thriller set in a small, winter-bound Minnesota town. The story revolves around a kidnapping that goes awry and the efforts of a quiet, efficient -- and very pregnant -- Fargo police chief (Frances McDormand) to solve a series of increasingly gruesome murders. McDormand won an Oscar for her marvelously understated portrayal of a kind-hearted, coffee-swilling sleuth, but the whole cast -- including William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi -- is superb, delivering the kind of offbeat, stylized performances that are a Coen brothers trademark. Music by regular Coen collaborator Carter Burwell sets a moody tone, beautifully evoking the long nights and frozen expanses of a Minnesota winter. Holding it all together is the directors' complete confidence in their own sensibility; despite the film's mainstream recognition -- it got an Oscar nomination for best picture -- Fargo shows no hint of Hollywood compromise. The film is distinguished by the brothers' unique and very black sense of humor, right down to the foot poking out of the wood chipper.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2007
UPC:
0027616068743
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:52:00

Special Features

Fargo: ; "Minnesota Nice" documentary; Interview with the Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand; Audio commentary by director pf photography Roger A. Deakins; Trivia track; Behind-the-scenes; Photo gallery; Original advertising gallery; ; Rain Man: ; Deleted scene; Original featurette; Audio commentary by director Barry Levinson; Audio commentary by screenwriter Ronald Bass; Audio commentary by screenwriter Barry Morrow; Photo gallery

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fargo
1. True Story/Main Title [2:52]
2. Personal Matters [3:31]
3. "Dad's Here" [2:04]
4. Sex and Pancakes [:55]
5. "But That TruCoat..." [2:37]
6. If the Numbers Are Right [1:18]
7. To Vouch or Not to Vouch [1:00]
8. Complete Silence [1:39]
9. The Darn Serial Numbers [1:28]
10. Unguent for the Kidnapper [2:47]
11. "We're Not a Bank, Jerry" [3:31]
12. "It's Jean... It's My Wife...!" [1:29]
13. Killing for Compliance [7:29]
14. The Most Important Meal [2:49]
15. Murder and Morning Sickness [2:22]
16. Lou's Police Work [1:40]
17. "No Cops! That's Final!" [2:17]
18. Mom's in Florida [1:26]
19. Blind Woman's Bluff [1:12]
20. Better Than the Hautmans [1:20]
21. "Kinda Funny-Lookin'" [3:58]
22. "Blood Has Been Shed" [2:35]
23. The Phone Records [1:33]
24. Wade Prefers to Handle It [4:15]
25. Jerry and the Cop [3:03]
26. Mike's Plight and Times [3:59]
27. "The Old In 'n' Out" [2:27]
28. No Jean, No Money, No Deal [5:36]
29. Going Crazy by the Lake [2:18]
30. Snow Bank [3:54]
31. Snippy Yet Cooperative [3:43]
32. How to Split a Car [2:24]
33. Woodchipped [3:38]
34. More to Life Than Money [3:19]
35. The 3-Cent Stamp [1:35]
36. End Credits [3:41]
1. True Story/Main Title [2:52]
2. Personal Matters [3:31]
3. "Dad's Here" [2:04]
4. Sex and Pancakes [:55]
5. "But That TruCoat..." [2:37]
6. If the Numbers Are Right [1:18]
7. To Vouch or Not to Vouch [1:00]
8. Complete Silence [1:39]
9. The Darn Serial Numbers [1:28]
10. Unguent for the Kidnapper [2:47]
11. "We're Not a Bank, Jerry" [3:31]
12. "It's Jean... It's My Wife...!" [1:29]
13. Killing for Compliance [7:29]
14. The Most Important Meal [2:49]
15. Murder and Morning Sickness [2:22]
16. Lou's Police Work [1:40]
17. "No Cops! That's Final!" [2:17]
18. Mom's in Florida [1:26]
19. Blind Woman's Bluff [1:12]
20. Better Than the Hautmans [1:20]
21. "Kinda Funny-Lookin'" [3:58]
22. "Blood Has Been Shed" [2:35]
23. The Phone Records [1:33]
24. Wade Prefers to Handle It [4:15]
25. Jerry and the Cop [3:03]
26. Mike's Plight and Times [3:59]
27. "The Old In 'n' Out" [2:27]
28. No Jean, No Money, No Deal [5:36]
29. Going Crazy by the Lake [2:18]
30. Snow Bank [3:54]
31. Snippy Yet Cooperative [3:43]
32. How to Split a Car [2:24]
33. Woodchipped [3:38]
34. More to Life Than Money [3:19]
35. The 3-Cent Stamp [1:35]
36. End Credits [3:41]
Disc #2 -- Rain Man
1. Main Title/Car Delivery [2:56]
2. Fighting Off the Sharks [3:02]
3. "Let's Talk!" [2:26]
4. Charity to Most [4:06]
5. "I Got the Rosebushes" [2:31]
6. "Raymond Is Your Brother" [5:13]
7. Strictly Routine [5:25]
8. Back in Two Hours [3:01]
9. "Definitely Not My Room" [3:34]
10. Whose Money Is It? [5:23]
11. Pancake Tuesday [3:04]
12. 246 Toothpicks [2:34]
13. "Qantas Never Crashed" [4:12]
14. Lots of Traffic [4:00]
15. Rained In [3:09]
16. "I'm an Excellent Driver" [2:49]
17. Walk, Don't Walk [:21]
18. "He's Artisitc?" [2:05]
19. "Four Minutes to Wapner" [3:46]
20. Who Is on First [5:22]
21. The Day Rain Man Left [2:44]
22. Dryer TV/Out of Business [7:47]
23. Cardsharp Savant [4:00]
24. Sparkly Iris [2:18]
25. Dancing for High Rollers [8:16]
26. The Substitute Date [2:34]
27. Driving...Home [5:34]
28. Not the Money Anymore [5:19]
29. It Has to Stop [3:08]
30. Questions for Raymond [2:48]
31. On the Shiny Train [2:14]
32. End Credits [:39]

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