About

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 - investigat...

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Directed by

Joel Coen

Written by

Joel Coen (Screenplay)
Ethan Coen (Screenplay)

Runtime

98 minutes

Country

United States of America, United Kingdom

Language

English

Tagline

A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.

Cast

Keywords

murder snow winter car cheating dark comedy north dakota money kidnapping police ransom unsociability salesclerk false history car dealership woodchipper

Photos

Lists

#161 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#194 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#198 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role Frances McDormand

Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Joel Coen Ethan Coen

Oscar nomination for Best Picture Ethan Coen

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role William H. Macy