husband, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), wants wife kidnapped
so that he can embezzle money from his successful father-in-law.
So, he gets a non-Caucasian looking guy from work (!) to put him
in touch with Steve Buscemi (character name: Carl Showalter) a loser-type
kidnapping kicks off in an unexpected, hilarious, fashion. Pregnant
police officer Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) investigates.
our panel of critics thought
movie is like a reverse Baywatch."
this really based on a true story?"
I hear the catchphrase 'You're darned tootin'!'
one more time I don't think I will be able to stop cursing until
at times - the bit when the kidnapped woman runs away still wearing
the over the head hood, and with her arms bound! Such a shame she
didn't run head first into a tree knocking herself out cold! - now
that's comedy! And the shower room scene - you think she has gotten
away and then it all goes wrong! Bravisimo in the highest! This
is what I call losing with style!"
'yahs!' than a Swedish cow-based farmyard
movie. Bravisimo! I enjoyed every moment of this movie, apart from
the shooting scenes."
could feel my brain deteriorating during this movie. At last! an
intelligent movie for simple folk!"
joy of joys! I love snow and there is more snow in this movie than
I would know what to do with. A triumph. A joy. I recommend this
movie with the air conditioning set to freeze."
Please tell me the ending
husband is arrested in a raid at the end. Steve Buscemi's character
is killed by his kidnap accomplice, who is then arrested by Marge.
The kidnapped wife gets killed, as does her father, during the ransom
delivery scene, by Buscemi's character.
Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review
delightfully comic-vicious movie is a study of simple folk involved
in a strange criminal-circumstance in snow-torn little town America...
We are, initially, told that this is all based on a true story,
however, I remain to be convinced...
is all a nasty tale, told with much aplomb. We enter a world which,
on one level, sounds foreign, but is, in fact, in the middle of
America. We are thus disoriented and fully expect our spunky, heavily
pregnant, funny talking heroine to mess everything up, or at least
take an awkward tumble in the snow from which she has to roll around
to regain her footing.
she does not mess up, neither does she ever lose her dignity. If
there is ever a female Columbo, our Marge has got the job.
more to life than a little money you know!"
funny movie in every sense. It is so different from its type, and
yet has so many similar ingredients.
vicious murder, and yet an ordinary pregnant woman-officer clears
it all up - no messing. A polite movie, and yet moments of (hilarious)
jaw shooting horror.
interesting, alternative, movie.
Date of Review
29 , 2003