Top 16 Fargo Movie Details

While searching the internet for Fargo movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

Carl says "30 minutes, Jerry we wrap this thing up" when there are exactly 30 minutes of the movie remaining.
Carl says "30 minutes, Jerry we wrap this thing up" when there are exactly 30 minutes of the movie remaining.
Carl, played by Steve Buscemi, says this at exactly 30 minutes left of the movie
Carl, played by Steve Buscemi, says this at exactly 30 minutes left of the movie

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Prince was the dead guy laying in the field of snow.
    Prince was the dead guy laying in the field of snow.
  • Peter Stormare's character in Fargo (1996) says he wants pancakes but never gets them. Two years later his character in The Big Lebowski (1998) has a scene in a diner and orders pancakes.

  • In the 1996 film "Fargo," when Jerry gets home his father in law is watching a hockey game. The announcers are joking and say "They're gonna put us in a parking lot next year. That could be dangerous at ice level!"

Hidden Details

1 - Jerry Lundegaards photo doesn't fit in with the rest of the staffs photos.
Jerry Lundegaards photo doesn't fit in with the rest of the staffs photos.
1 - Steve Buscemi's character is repeatedly described by witnesses as "funny looking" to Chief Gunderson, but she never gets the chance to find out for herself. All she ever sees of him is his foot.
Steve Buscemi's character is repeatedly described by witnesses as "funny looking" to Chief Gunderson, but she never gets the chance to find out for herself. All she ever sees of him is his foot.
1 - There is a shot with photos of all of Gustafson Motors' employees. Jerry's picture is framed in a way that makes him look smaller than everybody else in the company.
There is a shot with photos of all of Gustafson Motors' employees. Jerry's picture is framed in a way that makes him look smaller than everybody else in the company.
1 - Norm's Mallard painting earns him the 3-cent stamp. He loses to Hautman, who wins the 29 cent stamp with a Blue-winged Teal. The Hautman Brothers are real and grew up as neighbors to the Coen Brothers. They're famous amongst duck stamp creators and consistently won "Best Duck stamp"
Norm's Mallard painting earns him the 3-cent stamp. He loses to Hautman, who wins the 29 cent stamp with a Blue-winged Teal. The Hautman Brothers are real and grew up as neighbors to the Coen Brothers. They're famous amongst duck stamp creators and consistently won "Best Duck stamp"
1 - The character Carl Showalter buries a $920,000 in a briefcase under the snow near the highway which is then found by Stavros a week later in Fargo(TV series 2014- ). This detail connects the movie created by the Coen brothers to the series created by Noah Hawley!
The character Carl Showalter buries a $920,000 in a briefcase under the snow near the highway which is then found by Stavros a week later in Fargo(TV series 2014- ). This detail connects the movie created by the Coen brothers to the series created by Noah Hawley!
1 - At 1:12:34 in Fargo (1996) you can see the cameraman's reflection in Jerry's window
At 1:12:34 in Fargo (1996) you can see the cameraman's reflection in Jerry's window

The Coen Bros. Cheekily listed Minneapolis Native, Prince, in the credits

1 - The dealer window sticker residue is still visible on the inside window of the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera in Fargo (1996)
The dealer window sticker residue is still visible on the inside window of the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera in Fargo (1996)
1 - Steve Buscemi character says "30 minutes, we wrap this up" when film's running time left is exactly 30:00 minutes
Steve Buscemi character says "30 minutes, we wrap this up" when film's running time left is exactly 30:00 minutes

William H Macy has to scrape the windshield of his car before leaving, something folks in cold climates have to do all the time but rarely given consideration in films.

Fargo poster
Fargo poster

Fargo Plot: 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.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Fargo, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Fargo and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Joel Coen
Main Actors William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Kristin Rudrüd
IMDB score 8.1