My Old Addiction



(out of 5)

The Coen Brothers achieve perfection for the first time in their career with this incredible classic that combines crime drama and comedy. Two low lives (, ) on the run kill a cop in Minnesota and leave a trail covered in blood in their wake. The officer who pursues them is a heavily pregnant, cheerful Brainerd cop () who has as much time to solve murders as she does to eat a hearty meal or buck up her husband’s artistic courage. Meanwhile, a weaselly car salesman () gets himself mixed up in quite the mess in an effort to improve his own personal business goals. The film’s hilarious qualities (particularly the accents and the never ending masses of snow) never get in the way of the gritty violence, nor do they numb the viewer to how high the stakes are for all the characters involved–the story has no holes in it and works to a magnificent conclusion. Exceptional work by all involved, especially a brilliantly funny McDormand, whose timing and command on the screen are awesome to behold, and the deeply penetrating cinematography by Roger Deakins.


USA, 1996

Directed by

Screenplay by Joel Coen,

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1996

Academy Award
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand as “Marge Gunderson”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (William H. Macy as “Jerry Lundegaard”)
Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
Best Directing (Joel Coen)
Best Film Editing (Roderick Jaynes)
Best Picture (Ethan Coen, producer)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Frances McDormand)
Best Director (Joel Coen)
Best Screenplay (Ethan Coen)


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