20 Things You Never Knew About ‘Fargo’

As legend has it, Gene Siskel leaned over to Roger Ebert while the two watched Fargo for the first time and said, “This is why we love movies.” That sentiment was shared by many when the Coen brothers unveiled their snowbound masterpiece on April 5, 1996. Now, 25 years later, we honor the film that moved so many back then and ever since.Fargo wasn’t just an Oscar-nominated movie (it earned seven, winning two). It was a Coen film and, for many, that’s all they needed to hear. Joel and Ethan, the Minnesota-bred auteurs with a shared mordant sense of humor were already legends among film geeks for their portfolio of seminal movies. Flicks like Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, and The Big Lebowski were Top Five caliber works. And Fargo, for all its ingenuity, seemed to be more Coen than any Coen brothers film before. Fargo, the story of a weak-minded car dealer who hires two hitmen to kill his wife for the insurance money, is a genre-bending, side-splitting romp. It’s simultaneously tender and vicious, hilarious and sad. The Coens knack for language is never more fully on display, and their talent for storytelling never so honed. It’s been 25 years, but Fargo still feels like it did back then. Here are 20 things you never knew about the production to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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