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Old 09-28-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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Sure, the plot of the movie is about a kidnapping gone wrong, but the movie is just as much a commentary on Minnesotan culture as it is an interesting story. How accurate do you think is the portrayal of Minnesotan culture as polite, trusting, reserved, and perhaps repressed.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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You've missed the point of the movie completely. The Coens were displaying us as the stupid, coniving, mean-spirited, phillandering, out-doorsey, criminally-bent, homicidal, pancake-eating, IDS-Tower-loving, nut jobs that we are.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:50 PM
 
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Agreed with Ghengis. Whenever I watch the movie, I feel like the Coens are mildly making fun of their home state.

The real life event was in Ohio, not MN... they picked to location and time of year for a reason.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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Agreed with Ghengis. Whenever I watch the movie, I feel like the Coens are mildly making fun of their home state.

The real life event was in Ohio, not MN... they picked to location and time of year for a reason.
Actually, sorry to burst your bubble but there was no real life event. They made up the whole story, and just put the "this is a true story" prelude to mess with people. And the two kidnappers were actually not from MN, so whatever they did would not be a remark on Minnesota culture.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Actually, sorry to burst your bubble but there was no real life event. They made up the whole story, and just put the "this is a true story" prelude to mess with people. And the two kidnappers were actually not from MN, so whatever they did would not be a remark on Minnesota culture.
wrong about the made up part as the Coens' state in the special ed DVD that it was base on this 1986 murder...

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and just where would you suppose Gaear Grimsrud might be from if not Minnesota as it clearly seems to be he knows his way around the business end of a wood-chipper like any true Minnesotan would.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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i havent seen the movie fargo but when larry the cable guy came to Ely for a episode of Only in America (History Channel) He gave a good job on showing the viewer of the show of the cultures on a Northern Minnesotan. His main idea is that we are loving fun people who can have a good time outdoors in any condition.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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Actually, sorry to burst your bubble but there was no real life event. They made up the whole story, and just put the "this is a true story" prelude to mess with people. And the two kidnappers were actually not from MN, so whatever they did would not be a remark on Minnesota culture.
What are you talking about?

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.

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.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fargo_(film)
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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wrong about the made up part as the Coens' state in the special ed DVD that it was base on this 1986 murder...

Helle Crafts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and just where would you suppose Gaear Grimsrud might be from if not Minnesota as it clearly seems to be he knows his way around the business end of a wood-chipper like any true Minnesotan would.
The murder with a woodchipper was based off of something that happened, but the car dealer, wife kidnapping, $million ransom, and Margie the police woman were all made up. And Gaear Grimsrud is clearly Swedish (the name is a dead giveaway).
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Morris, MN
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I'm a transplant to Minnesota from Illinois, but I've been here for almost twelve years. I can honestly tell you that some actors did an awesome job, although over done, at the Minnesota accent. Frances McDermott had the rhythmic pattern and inflection perfect. Even though I've only lived in Minnesota for a little more than a decade, I've lived in both the metro and outstate. The accent is very strong in northwestern Minnesota-- and actually quite adorable!

Some actors in the movie, the characters of Norm and the cop who got shot, didn't nail it as well. They sound more German rather than Minnesotan.

People talk differently throughout the US. Heck, people still claim I have an Illinois (downstate) accent. Nothing wrong with that! Minnesotans should celebrate their accent. We all have accents based on where we live. Don't ridicule this movie; I think it is something to be proud of!
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Home in NOMI
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"Fargo" is to Minnesota what "Jersey Shore" is to New Jersey. As in, maybe a little truth woven into a ridiculous story.
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