The first time I saw Fargo was in a movie theater - I was laughing out loud almost the whole time. There was a very grumpy couple behind me who kept shushing me ... I don't think they "got" black humor...
The first time I saw The Princess Bride was my freshman year in college - had just moved in to the dorms and there was a free screening. A good omen.
I got tired of waiting for it to come on. The closing scene is really good.
Love Princess Bride also.
Hope you are having a good night MFM...
are my favorite, probably. All three have are just brilliant.
and just the other day I asked my wife if we had The Princess Bride. I don't think I've seen that since we went to see it at the drive in theater when it came out. For some reason I had an urge to watch it again.
Lesser actors would have made it feel and look like a B movie.
"I doan't think I agree hunnert persint w'yer pleecework there, Irv!"
"Yah. DLR prolly stands fer 'dealer'."
decidedly IS NOT.
Fargo opens with the following text:
THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.
Although the film itself is completely fictional, the Coen brothers claim that many of the events that take place in the movie were actually based on true events from other cases that they threw together to make one story. Joel Coen noted:
"We weren't interested in that kind of fidelity. The basic events are the same as in the real case, but the characterizations are fully imagined...If an audience believes that something's based on a real event, it gives you permission to do things they might otherwise not accept."
The Coens claim the actual murders took place, but not in Minnesota. The main reason for the film's setting is the fact that the Coens were born and raised in St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis.
On the special edition DVD's trivia track for Fargo, it is revealed that the main case for the movie's inspiration was based on the infamous 1986 murder of Helle Crafts from Connecticut at the hands of her husband, Richard, who killed her and disposed of her body through a wood chipper.
The end credits bear the standard "all persons fictitious" disclaimer for a work of fiction.