The opening title card of the film reads, the events depicted in this film took place in minnesota in 1987. The fargo franchise claims it is based on a true story, but the movie and tv show tell stories that arent as reliable as that claim sounds. The movie fargo, which is entirely different than the show, had a similar disclaimer. The events that took place occurred in minnesota and the dakotas during 2006, 1979, and 2010or so the writers say. When john isnt at school, he enjoys spending time with his parents, three brothers, and friends. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred. A collage of separate true stories isnt a true story itself. The true story behind the legendary death of fargo. Although the show claims to be a true story, it merely utilizes. Born in guatemala, john was adopted by brian and joyce smith at the age of 5 months and moved with them to st. The acclaimed coen brothers movie opened in 1996 by telling audiences that what theyre about to see actually happened in some form. There are actually two little elements in the story that were based on actual incidents, joel coen told huffpost. Its the true story of a japanese girl who came to north dakota searching for the one million dollars she saw being hidden in the movie fargo, which itself was labeled a. However, when listening to the audio commentary included on the dvd, we hear the coen brothers admit that the.
The media reported that she had left japan with the misunderstanding that the coen brothers fargo really was a true story and that there was a. Fargo is a 1996 britishamerican neonoir black comedy thriller film written, produced, and directed by joel and ethan coen. Charles, missouri, where he currently attends high school. The series is inspired by the coen brothers film of the same name, reportedly about a true story. The woodchipper murder of helle crafts is known as inspiration for the film, but the true story of someone fudging serial numbers like william h.
The movie fargo opens with this gritty opening line. Ben afflecks film argo tells the bizarre story of how in 1980 the cia with canadian help sprang a group of americans from iran after they escaped a. You dont have to have a true story to make a true story movie. Fargo creator on what was real, and what wasnt about. An anomaly of categorization, the contemporary masterpiece is a film noir with stark white vistas and backdrops, a satirical comedy, a suspenseful crime drama, and a violent mystery. The truth behind that fargo true story disclaimer popdust. With keith carradine, carol case, peter chomsky, martin freeman. Coen brothers confirm fargo is a true story after all, or. I mean, the brothers admit its not actually based on a true story but what if it really is. The true story of the true story inspired by the true.
Fargo, the tv series, premiering tuesday night on fx, begins exactly like fargo, the 1996 coen brothers film upon which it is based. The first episode of fxs fargo series begins with the disclaimerthis is a true story. Furthermore, the title card that preceded the action declared, the events depicted in this film took place in minnesota in 1987. The movie began in a similar way, and though i initially assumed it was some ironic joke i maybe didnt quite understand, i looked it up anyway. At the start of each episode it is stated that, this is a true story, leading many fans to wonder if fargo season 3 is based on a true story.
John smiths true story inspired the film breakthrough. Was the housekeeper in the movie based on a real person. The movie eventually made it as a series as fargo 2014. Out of the respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred. The wood chipper murder was the inspiration for the movie fargo, but what is the true story behind it all. Naturally, the officers assumed takako was looking for the lost treasure. The show is inspired by the eponymous 1996 film written and directed by the coen brothers, who are credited as executive producers on the series alongside hawley. Are the events depicted in fxs fargo tv series really true. But when it comes to fargo, the lines between fact and fiction are blurred. Frances mcdormand stars as marge gunderson, a pregnant minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a desperate car salesman william h. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Macys character jerry lundegaard does in the movie isnt as widely publicized and appears to be a revelation even diehard fans probably didnt know. In interviews, joel and ethan initially claimed that fargo really was based on a true story that had happened in minnesota in 1987per the opening text to the movie although theyd invented fictitious characters for the film. The true story behind the argo movie reveals that this never actually happened, nor did they ever venture into town to scout a location.
Fargo made its tv debut in the same way as it did on cinema screens in 1996. Dirt behind the daydream at the center of the film is a traditional middleclass family. The names have been changed in deference to the living, but. Sheila vand left as sahar in the movie and the real maid named lolita right. The true story bit was just a joke on the part of directors joel and ethan.
One thing is being based on a true story, another is being a true story, as the show and the movie jokingly claim. How much of fargo is actually based on a true story. Despite the fact thats its not really based on a true story the way the opening credits say darn tootin, the coen brothers grew up around the area and they did a really super job of capturing what the people are like in a. The opening title card claims the movie is based on a true story, but in fact, its almost completely fictional. True fiction is a series that digs into the truth behind the fiction to find how they relate to each other. Argo movie true story meet the real tony mendez and the. Fargo season 2 not only surpassed true detective and avoided the sophomore slump, but one wonders if fx put fargo in the emmys drama series category instead of. The events depicted in this film took place in minnesota in 1987.
One of them is the fact that there was a guy, i believe in the 60s or 70s, who was gumming up serial numbers for cars and defrauding the general motors finance corporation. In 1996, we were led to believe the coen brothers breakthrough film, fargo, was a true story. Argo s central, nutty storylinein which the cia establishes a fake movie production, complete with a full script and ads in variety and the hollywood reporter, in order to rescue six. Its based on the true story of david ghantt galifianikas, a vault supervisor at the charlotte loomis fargo depository in uptown charlotte that. Noah hawleys acclaimed midwestern crime anthology fargo returns to fx this week, along with my enthusiasm for saying oh. Well, at the beginning of fargo, theres a title card that reads, this is a true story. There was, however, a reallife crime with some superficial similarities. The true story behind the new movie argo about how cia operatives posing as a hollywood production team rescued six americans hiding in iran during the 1979 embassy crisis. Heres a really super guide to fargo filming locations. This episode focuses on the 1996 movie fargo, and the impact it is believed to have had. The coen brothers modern classic certainly has a plot that is stranger than.
F argo made its tv debut in the same way as it did on cinema screens in 1996. The one theme of fargo beyond all argument is this is a movie designed to subvert nearly expectation an audience brings to it. That incident was inspired by the true life murder of helle crafts in newton ct, who was murdered by her husband richard crafts. Is the movie and tv show actually based on anything.
Most of the time, when you ask if a film or tv show is based on a true story or not, you get a pretty straightforward yes or no answer. What happened in real life that brought the idea for the popular film. The coen brothers modern classic certainly has a plot that is stranger than fiction pregnant police chief marge gunderson stum. Fargo is an american black comedy crime drama anthology television series created and primarily written by noah hawley. Fxs tv series fargo starring martin freeman and billy bob. The coen brothers 1996 classic fargo is prefaced with the following text. The movie starts with captioning saying that the movie was inspired by a true story. The real story behind the second largest bank heist in. Although the films plot is not based on a true story, the plot element of disposing of a body by a wood chipper is. Still, it turns out fargo may be more realistic than you think. However in case of fargo, the movie which uses a similar. That story was supposedly based off a series of events that took place in minnesota, but the t. How fargos fake treasure created a bizarre urban legend. Inspired by joel and ethan coens 1996 film of the same name, fxs fargo furthers the icy minnesota saga.
Despite the disclaimer at the beginning this is a true story. Those are the words that have begun every episode of the television series, fargo, for the past three seasons. Famously, fargo is based on a true story, even though the events depicted in the film never actually happened in any way, shape, or form. Fargos true story device is a bit of narrative trickery from showrunner noah hawley that harkens back to the original 1996 film. Konishi believed that fargo, which claims its a true story. Fargo 1996 is a selfproclaimed homespun murder story set in the whitewashed, winter wilderness of the frozen and bleak upper midwest. But as sad as the newspaper reports that inspired the movie is, the real story is even sadder. The coen brothers reveal fargo is based on a true story. The true story behind operation argo to rescue americans. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as. And thats something the coen brothers did deliberately, basing the film on some real life events but only saying they had as a narrative vehicle.264 611 1539 1343 1519 625 174 1318 955 560 1118 312 1474 1531 4 1402 192 65 1248 31 657 427 1618 589 1491 589 1176 419 285 432 170 1307 205 1009 1367 39 736