Part of our month-long Coen Brothers celebration! Donâ€™t miss this opportunity to experience a sampling of the Coensâ€™ best films the way they were meant to be seen â€“ on the big screen â€“ at The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective, all throughout September at The Loft! Click here to see the series line-up.
â€śRotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I've ever seen.â€ť â€“ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
This deliriously dark and surprisingly moving hardboiled crime drama set against the snowy white landscape of a Minnesota winter is laced with all the flaky humor, local color and freakishly memorable characters that have become the Coen Brothersâ€™ trademark, and here, for the first time, Oscar took notice, with the brothers winning an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Frances McDormand winning Best Actress for he much-loved turn as Marge, the slow-talking, quick-thinking police chief up to her eyeballs in trouble. Hard-up used car dealer Jerry Lundegaard (a pitch-perfect William H. Macy) engineers the kidnapping of his own wife to ransom to his wealthy father-in-law/boss, but his hired goons, Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare), botch the job, leading to a series of accidental mishaps and murders that spiral spectacularly out of control (youâ€™ll never look at a wood chipper the same way again). Despite all the unforeseen curveballs, Jerry might just get away with his convoluted crime if not for the intrusion of the sharp-eyed, whip-smart and very pregnant police chief Marge, who is hot on the trail of the killers as she waddles through danger behind her enormous belly and her ever-escalating hunger for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Is this one of the Coen Brothers best films? â€śYou betcha.â€ť (Dir. by Joel Coen, 1996, USA, 98 mins., Rated R) 35mm