Uff-da, 'Fargo' was released 20 years ago – think ya know the film?


It's been 20 years since the Coen brothers released a film that gave the world an inside look at life in the northern Midwest. Or at least reinforced the stereo types.

With snow, accents and some of the nicest criminals anyone's ever seen, "Fargo" hit theaters March 8, 1996, and became an instant success.

Here are some facts yah might not have known about the film:

'Fargo' was initially s'posed to be called Brainerd

But whenever the Coen brothers would talk 'bout the film, people didn't believe Brainerd was a real place. And for some reason they didn't decide to swap for another Minnesota city like Moorhead, Menahga or Blackduck.

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Even though a Minnesota city didn't make the the film's title, Minnesota's landscapes did. Nearly the entire movie was shot in either Brainerd or Minneapolis. In fact, no scenes were actually filmed in Fargo's city limits, ya know?

Nice weather we're havin', ya?

Filmmakers ran into an unusual problem for Minnesota. It wasn't very cold and there wasn't much snow. "Fargo" was filmed in January and February, William H. Macy – who played Jerry Lundegaard – told Entertainment Weekly the crew had to travel farther and farther up north chasing snow. They ended up havin' to truck some in and use snow making equipment. And Macy had to drink hot tea just so the cameras could see his breath.

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That's... different.

Ronald Reagan made his way into the film. Not actually, but Bruce Campbell, who plays the president in the TV series, has a cameo in the 1996 movie. He pops up for a bit on the cabin's TV screen.


The film has some Swedish bad words. You can do your own research.

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There was a rumor that Prince played a murder victim. But IMDB says it's just that, a rumor.


"Fargo" almost had a TV series 19 years ago. Like the current show, it was also going to be called "Fargo". The series was going to follow Marge Gunderson as she investigated a murder, but it never took off.

Watch closely

If you watch closely, whenever Marge and husband, Norm, are together, they're either eating or lying in a bed.


And that morning show Jean Lundegaard was watching before she got kidnapped was real. The Minnesota talkshow, "Good Company", ran in the '80s and '90s.

And lastly...

It's not based on a true story. Sorry. It was just marketed that way to make it more appealing. Apparently that worked.

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