R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
According to the DVD special features, Peter Stormare, who is from Sweden, spent his off-days visiting nearby cities with Swedish names.
I'm, uh, Jerry Lundegaard.
Carl Showalter: You're Jerry Lundegaard?
Jerry Lundegaard: Ya. Shep Proudfoot said...
Carl Showalter: Shep said you'd be here at 7:30. What gives, man?
Jerry Lundegaard: Shep said 8:30.
Carl Showalter: We've been sitting here an hour. He's
Carl Showalter: peed three times already.
Jerry Lundegaard: I'm sure sorry. Shep told me 8:30. It ...
When Marge interviews Shep Proudfoot, she tells him that associating with criminals is a parole violation and will land him "back in Stillwater", referring to a men's medium-security prison in Minnesota. However, she then proceeds to tell him about their involvement in a homicide. Considering that a triple homicide has occurred and that one of the victims was a state trooper, Shep would not be going to Stillwater, but to Oak Park Heights, which is Minnesota's only maximum security prison for men. As a sheriff, Marge should have known the difference and it would have given her even greater leverage in getting information out of Shep.
The original editing credit for this film was "Roderick Jaynes," a fictitious creation of the Coen Brothers, who edit all their own films with only occasional assistance. Jaynes actually received an Academy Award nomination for his work on this film, but did not win.
$137,301 (USA) (19 July 1996)