Director: Joel Coen | Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 1996 | Runtime: 98 min
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Stars of this Movie
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Jerry Lundegaard : The heck do ya mean?
Jerry Lundegaard : [ answering the phone ] Jerry Lundegaard.
Carl Showalter : [ voice over the phone ] Alright, Jerry, you got the phone to yourself? Are you alone?
Jerry Lundegaard : [ into the phone ] Well, yeah.
Carl Showalter : [ voice ] You know who this is?
Jerry Lundegaard : Well, yeah, I got an idea. How's that Ciera working out for ya?
Carl Showalter : [ voice ] Circumstances have changed, Jerry.
Jerry Lundegaard : Well, what do ya mean?
Carl Showalter : [ voice ] Things have changed, circumstances, Jerry... force majeure, acts of God.
Jerry Lundegaard : How's Jean?
Carl Showalter : [ puzzled ] Who's Jean?
Jerry Lundegaard : My wife! What the-?
Carl Showalter : Oh... right. She's alright, but there's a few people in Brainerd who aren't so okay, I'll tell you that.
Jerry Lundegaard : What the heck are ya talking about? Let's just finish this deal up here.
Carl Showalter : Blood has been shed, Jerry.
Jerry Lundegaard : What the heck do ya mean?
Carl Showalter : Three people, in Brainerd... are dead.
Jerry Lundegaard : Oh, jeez!
Carl Showalter : That's right, we need more money.
Jerry Lundegaard : What the heck are ya talking about? What do you fellas have yourself mixed up in?
Carl Showalter : Never mind. We need more money...
Jerry Lundegaard : [ interrupting ] This was supposed to be a no rough stuff type deal!
Carl Showalter : [ angry ] DON'T EVER INTERRUPT ME, JERRY! JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Jerry Lundegaard : Well, I'm sorry, but I just... I don't...
Carl Showalter : I'm
Jerry Lundegaard : I told ya. We haven't had any vehicles go missing.
Marge Gunderson : Okay! But are ya sure? 'Cause I mean, how do you know? Do you do a count, or what kind of a routine do you have here?
Jerry Lundegaard : [ growing uncomfortable with this questioning ] Ma'am, I answered your question!
Marge Gunderson : [ long pause ] I'm sorry, sir?
Jerry Lundegaard : Ma'am, I answered your question. I answered the darned... I'm cooperatin' here!
Marge Gunderson : Sir, you have no call to get snippy with me, I'm just doing my job here.
Jerry Lundegaard : I'm... I'm not arguing here! I'm cooperating. So there's no need to... we're doin' all we can here.
Marge Gunderson : Sir, could I talk to Mr. Gustafson? [ Jerry gives her a glassy-eyed look, knowing full well that Gustafson is dead ]
Marge Gunderson : Mr. Lundegaard?
Mr. Mohra : So, I'm tendin' bar there at Ecklund and Swedlin's last Tuesday, and this little guy's drinkin' and he says, "So where can a guy find some action? I'm goin' crazy out there at the lake." And I says, "What kinda action?" and he says, "Woman action, what do I look like?" And I says, "Well, what do I look like, I don't arrange that kinda thing," and he says, "But I'm goin' crazy out there at the lake," and I says, "Well, this ain't that kinda place."
Officer Olson : Uh-huh.
Mr. Mohra : So he angrily says, "Oh I get it, so you think I'm some kinda crazy jerk for askin'," only he doesn't use the word "jerk."
Officer Olson : I understand.
Mr. Mohra : And then he calls me a jerk, and says that the last guy who thought he was a jerk is dead now. So I don't say nothin' and he says, "What do ya think about that?" So I says, "Well, that don't sound like too good a deal for him, then."
Officer Olson : [ chuckles ] Ya got that right.
Mr. Mohra : And he says, "Yah, that guy's dead, and I don't mean of old age." And then he says, "Geez, I'm goin' crazy out there at the lake."
Officer Olson : White Bear Lake?
Mr. Mohra : Well... Ecklund & Swedlin's, that's closer ta Moose Lake, so I made that assumption.
Officer Olson : Oh sure.
Mr. Mohra : So, ya know, he's drinkin', so I don't think a whole great deal of it, but Mrs. Mohra heard about the homicides down here last week and she thought I should call it in, so... I called it in. End o' story.
Officer Olson : What'd this guy look like, anyway?
Mr. Mohra : Oh, he was a little guy... Kinda funny lookin'.
Officer Olson : Uh-huh. In what way?
Mr. Mohra : Oh, just in a general kinda way.
Carl Showalter: I want to go somewhere where I can get a shot and a steak, maybe, not more ****in' pancakes, c'mon. Come on, man! Alright- here's an idea. I know this place outside of Brainerd where we can get laid, what do you think?
Gaer Grimsrud: I'm ****ing hungry now, you know.
Gaer Grimsrud: You're a smooth smooth, you know.
Jean Lundegaard: [chopping vegetables] Hiya, hon! Welcome back! How was Fargo?
Jerry Lundegaard: Yah, real good now.
Jean Lundegaard: Dad's here. [Jerry's mood changes as he hears this news]
Jerry Lundegaard: Is he stayin' for supper then?
Jean Lundegaard: I dunno... I think so. Dad?
Wade Gustafson: What?
Jean Lundegaard: [thick Minnesota accent] You stayin' for supperrrrr?
Wade Gustafson: Yah!
Marge Gunderson: You have no call to get snippy with me; I'm just trying to do my job here.
Willow Creek Sheriff: What's in the strong box?
Button Smith: Gold I reckon - it's that heavy. Wells Fargo doesn't tell us what we're guardin'; they just say "Guard it!"