The movie 'Fargo' marks its 25th anniversary

Fargo, 1996
Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief in the Oscar-winning film "Fargo."
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The movie "Fargo" marks it 25th anniversary this year.

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with Todd Melby about his new book on the making of the 1996 crime drama by the Coen Brothers.

The movie is set in Minnesota in 1987 and features Frances McDormand as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson who investigates a series of murders. McDormand was initially uninterested in the role. But the movie ended up a bit hit and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Melby’s book, “A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo,” explores some lingering mysteries including whether the film was based on true events. Several book release events are planned through spring.


  • Todd Melby is a reporter, documentarian, and filmmaker, and the author of “A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo.”

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