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Fargo (Movie) There's no question that this immaculately envisioned comedy of errors, told largely in close-ups of a dorky, ever-smiling policewoman (Frances...Fargo (Movie)Drama, Mystery and Thriller, ComedyPT98MR There's no question that this immaculately envisioned comedy of errors, told largely in close-ups of a dorky, ever-smiling policewoman (Frances...1996-10-04Steve BuscemiWilliam H. MacyPeter StormareSteve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare
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Fargo (Movie)

Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller, Comedy; Starring: Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare; Director: Joel Coen; Author: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen; Runtime (in minutes): 98; MPAA Rating: R

There’s no question that this immaculately envisioned comedy of errors, told largely in close-ups of a dorky, ever-smiling policewoman (Frances McDormand) who unravels a botched kidnapping scheme, was among the year’s peak moviegoing wonders. But is Fargo also among the year’s best videos? Yes and no. The missteps, delusions, and naivete of the felons involved play out so broadly across the bleak Minnesotan snowscapes that they hold up hilariously on TV screens, even through impulse repeat viewings. But the fine-as-a-flake cinematography slushes up quite a bit on VHS, a format that strains to reproduce such pinprick visual ironies as a teeny tuft of down that undulates juuuust so after a bullet rips a would-be hero’s jacket. There, carping’s done — now cuddle up with this wickedly tacky comforter and tell yourself, like the Fargo-ites do, Okay, well, real good then! A