The Coen Brothers' black comedy revolves around a crime orchestrated by a desperate, debt-ridden man and the unexpected results. In dire need of money, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) comes up with a plan: Hire two thugs to kidnap his wife, Jean (Kristin Rudrüd); make Jean's rich father shell out the ransom; and then use the money to pay off both the kidnappers and his creditors. But what appears to be the perfect crime goes seriously awry when the goons murder three people after abducting Jean. As a result, they soon have an intelligent, and very pregnant, police chief named Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) investigating the clues they've carelessly left behind. The criminals must now collect the ransom before Marge puts all the pieces together... but that turns out to be a lot harder than they thought. Also starring Steve Buscemi.