Dwayne McLaren has been looking for a way out of his small town upbringing of CUT BANK, MT since he graduated high school several years earlier. When he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time, he jumps at a chance to pursue a better life in a bigger city with his girlfriend Cassandra. But luck doesn't exist in Cut Bank, and this perceived good fortune is quickly followed by a flood of bad karma. Written by
When Derby pulls into the post office, he pulls in directly beside the pickup, with the yellow newspaper box near the right fender of the car. When he stops, there is a space between his car and the pickup and the newspaper box is to the left of his car. See more »
Mrs. Margaret! Look at that pretty brooch.
Aren't you so kind. You have yourself a lovely day, Mr. Georgie Wits.
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... "except maybe self stimulation .. and even that takes patience"
It is common knowledge that the Coen Bros don't do sequels so in a way it is the highest form of flattery that someone felt compelled to do possibly the closest thing to a sequel ... more of an homage really .. to Fargo.
Those are big shoes to fill both in front of and behind the camera.
Cut Bank Montana is as good a place as any to make the try.
The direction is pretty solid, one of the best things about the film.
Fargo had a bunch of local eccentrics but was showcased by one standout performance.
Cut Bank does not have one standout performance but that is not necessarily a bad thing. In Cut Bank Montana everyone is on the same level of nuts, and that fact works to keep the film chugging along.
My personal favorite was the local hermit who, upset that his mail is missing (that's another story arc that ties in later) walks around acting like Rain Main but at the same time going all MMA on anyone who gets into his way. Memorable. And pretty unique.
Plots form. People plan, people die, people eat peach cobbler and say clever things .... and pretty soon the film is over.
The ending is a highpoint. Clever. And sticks with you, like a Life Lesson you never asked for. Very fitting, if you live in Cut Bank. And want more than anything to leave.
And Bruce Dern (late 70s) might now rank right up there with the Anthony Quinn (mid 80s) as one of the longest-working actors in film history. Props, Bruce.
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