• Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Starring "William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Kristin Rudrüd, John Carroll Lynch"
  • USA | UK | 98mins | 1996 | rated (18)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 38m

The Coen Brothers are among the most able practitioners in America, and this film is one of their best attempts to turn a familiar genre - the True Crime drama - into something miles away from the ordinary.

Things go terribly awry when small-time Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife Jean (Kristin Rudrüd) so he can collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law.

Once people start dying, the very chipper and very pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) takes the case. Is she up for this challenge? You betcha.

Winning Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for McDormand in 1997, it is the combined subtle detail of the dialogue and brilliant performances which continue to enchant on repeat viewings.