Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Synopsis: Inept car-salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), has hired Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare), to kidnap his wife. This is in order to get his father in-law to pay for a development project he wants to be a part of but can’t afford himself. On the way to their hideout after kidnapping Gaear kills three people including a police officer. Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) the pregnant police Chief launches an investigation into the killings which leads her to Jerry. Now Marge has to solve this crime before more people get hurt and Jerry gets away with his con.
Trivia: The film is not actually “Based on a true story”. The Coens later admitted that they added that disclaimer so the viewer would be more willing to suspend disbelief in the story. William H. Macy stated in an interview that, despite evidence to the contrary, he did hardly any ad-libbing at all. Most of his character’s stuttering mannerisms were written in the script exactly the way he does them in the film.
Why I think you should see this: The Coen Brothers just don’t make bad films and this film is among their best. Frances McDormand is absolutely amazing in her Oscar winning performance and Steve Buscemi is his normal awesome self. This movie is very clever and gets better upon multiple viewings. If you like this I suggest you check out their first film Blood Simple it is similar and also a very good look at the kind of film maker they would become.