‘Fargo’: THIS IS A TRUE STORY? Not so much.

By Nilankur Dutta | 2 years ago
‘Fargo’: THIS IS A TRUE STORY? Not so much.
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FX is airing the second season of Noah Hawley’s excellent crime drama “Fargo”, featuring death, deceit, and people who say “yah” funny. Apart from being startlingly good, one of the high points of the series that every episode begins claiming that all events in it are true. Here is a look at the supposedly true events that inspired the crime noir.

Since the 1996 Coen brothers movie, everything “Fargo” has begun with a tall claim indeed:

“THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.”

Turns out, this might be a creative interpretation of the truth. While the film was loosely (very loosely) based on the murder of Helle Crafts that took place in Connecticut in 1986, most events in it are entirely made up.


As the Joel Coen himself admitted in this MTV interview:

“We weren’t interested in that kind of fidelity. The basic events are the same as in the real case, but the characterizations are fully imagined … If an audience believes that something’s based on a real event, it gives you permission to do things they might otherwise not accept”

The TV series follow suits, quoting the “THIS IS TRUE” claim almost verbatim (only the year changes to 1979 in this second season), turns out, it actually isn’t true. The story for the show is entirely made up, and there are no credible sources reporting its basis in any manner of fact.


But that should not detract you from it, for all intents and purposes, “Fargo” surpasses: in story, acting and pure insanity, anything that is currently on television. In fact, the banner of proclaimed truth that begins every episode adds only an interest of rabid curiosity to the story. As Neil Gaiman says,”things don’t need to have happened to be true..”, and in portraying the violence, greed, cupidity that humankind is capable of, “Fargo” surpasses most true events.

“Fargo” brings its blood and snow on air Mondays at 10 pm on FX

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