25 years later we still think of this wood chopper.
It’s hard to imagine that the Coen brothers weren’t a household name yet. That’s when they made their crime fiction classic Fargo, they have been making films for over a decade. The Coens mostly stuck to indie films, which went down well with critics but never really went beyond. They even had a couple of bombs. But if Fargo debuted in Cannes it took the Prix de la mise en scene (Best Director Award) and the film was nominated for the Palme d’Or.
When it hit theaters, the film was also a hit, grossing $ 60,611,975 worldwide on a budget of just $ 7 million. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, won two for Frances McDormand and a screenplay award for the Coens.
Fargo also became part of the cultural lexicon, which put the Minnesotan accent on the map and made everyone a little more afraid of wood chippers, except Minnesotans who hugged this item and still used it as the great marshal of a parade in Dillon.