Fargo 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
(69) IMDb 9.3/10
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1. The Crocodile's Dilemma

A rootless, manipulative man meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.

Starring:
Adam Goldberg, Allison Tolman
Runtime:
1 hour 9 minutes

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The Crocodile's Dilemma

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama
Starring Adam Goldberg, Allison Tolman
Supporting actors Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks
Season year 2014
Network FOX
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 6 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Welcome to the Coen brothers universe of cold, snowy, big sky Minnesota where there be dragons and the humour is dark.

In the small town of Bemidji, a couple of unfortunate events result in two strangers striking up a conversation in a hospital waiting room. Lester Nygaard, a browbeaten wimp of a man trapped in an unhappy marriage and Lorne Malvo, a softly spoken killing machine. Malvo, played brilliantly by scene stealing Billy Bob Thornton, is evil incarnate with his dead eyes, shark smile and manipulative Jedi ways. Lester, played by Martin Freeman with a large slice of Jack Lemmon, is an unlikeable insurance salesman mocked by his wife and barely tolerated by his successful younger brother. Malvo acts as a catalyst to Lester's suppressed anger and by the end of the first episode Lester has chosen to join the dark side.

Initially it appears that Malvo and Lester have both separately escaped justice, especially with the chief of police's unwillingness to conduct anything approaching a competent rigorous investigation. However, Allison Tolman's down to earth pragmatic Deputy Molly Solverson has unresolved questions and with Lieutenant Columbo-like nagging persistence slowly begins her search for the truth. The arrival of two henchmen (Gerry Adams and Glen Campbell lookalikes) also seeking answers signpost mob connections. The body count grows with each episode as this brilliant, intelligent and audacious series reaches its conclusion.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Billy on 26 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
If you missed this series when it aired on TV, take my advice and buy it now. The tone and pacing of the film is simply glorious and unlike anything I've seen before, aside, of course, from the Coen brothers many films.

The performances are all marvellous - there isn't a duff one in there - but the standout for me is Martin Freeman. I'm neither a fan of Sherlock or the Hobbit films, so he is best known to me as mild-mannered Tim from The Office, and If like me, this is all you know him from, put your preconceptions behind and prepare to be blown away.

This series is as close to perfection as I think any television drama can get. Utterly addictive and impossible to tear yourself away from. Simply put, Fargo is the greatest television series I've seen in the last decade.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Davida Brent on 23 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
After getting the 'Breaking Bad' box set for Christmas - and being blown away by the quality of that - I have been finding it extrememly difficult to watch much of the drivel on television at the moment
Then - along came 'Fargo' - just when I needed it most !!!
Loved every minute of this . Fantastic cast (including BB's 'Saul' Bob Odenkirk) - quirky script full of dark humour - I waited with bated breath for each new episode and was never disappointed . Fabulous ending too
Seems odd to review a DVD which hasnt been released yet - but the series is great and I will be getting it when it is available
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hagrid's Umbrella VINE VOICE on 21 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
(Review based on what broadcast of UK's Channel 4)

Captivating series that retains the spirit of the excellent film with tense situations, great good characters, great bad charterers, great characters in between, nasty events, intertwining story, patients with the plot, some humor, great dialogue and great wintry locations.

It took me till the middle of the series (10, 40 minute episodes) to be fully drawn in. At the start the nasty characters are more prominent and the interest is a bit ghoulish with the nasty, really nasty, events. What drew me in later was the good characters trying to do there job and the jeopardy they were in. You knew how bad it could get from what happens to those you didn't really care about earlier in the series.

The basic plot is pretty similar to the film but it not exactly the same. It draws in a lot of other events and threads. The three main characters are Thornton, a dangerous man inadvertently involved in a small Minnesota town, Freeman a frustrated insurance salesman that gets in above his head and the talented but patronised Police women trying to detect.

It might well be a bit harsh to lose a star for the lack of full engagement in the first few episodes given what they achieved in the end but it was a close call where to continue watching at one point. However I would I'd definitely recommend this series.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Impeccably written and superbly paced, Fargo is unforgettable telly. Watching Fargo is like reading a good book, it's gripping and mysterious with engaging characters.

Set within the world created by the Coen brothers, Fargo mixes dark humour with even darker goings on. Lester is a down trodden, bullied man who has nothing of interest going on in his life. When he bumps into an old school bully and ends up in hospital he meets the enigmatic Malvo. This meeting sets the snowball effect in motion. Malvo is an unstoppable force of nature with no moral code. Lester meanwhile starts to unveil his own darker side.

The character arc for Lester is so well crafted that watching it unravel before your eyes is a joy. He changes from meek nobody to arrogant, confident pain in the butt. Played to exceptional perfection by Martin freeman, Lester is a man that you love to hate. On his case is Molly the police chief in the making. She smells a rat and knows Lester is up to no good but proving that to her inept boss and fellow police officers proves to be a tougher challenge than catching a killer! Her story is funny, sad and humbling as you watch her traverse many challenges.

The star of the show is Billy Bob Thornton playing the nefarious Malvo. A man so steeped in darkness it is a surprise you can see him at all. He effectively is the devil in disguise. Effortlessly moving from place to place without anyone noticing and taking down his targets before slipping away again. His tongue twisting mind games trick people into his way of thinking leaving doors wide open. When Malvo is on screen you won't be able to take your eyes of it such is the magnetic force this character has.
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