American filmakers, brothers Ethan and Joel, who write, direct and produce their films jointly. Generally known for award-winning films Fargo, and No Country for Old Men.

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What significance does Mike Yanagita have in Fargo?

In the Coen brothers' movie "Fargo" the detective Marge Gunderson gets called by and meets an old schoolmate, Mike Yanagita. He tells her that he is widowed and tries to make a move on her. Later ...
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Why was the kid's homework in The Dude's car after it was stolen?

It's been a little while since I've seen The Big Lebowski (1998) but I remember The Dude having a string of car problems. At one point his car is stolen for a briefcase full of money. The Dude does ...
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Diction in original vs remake of True Grit

The diction in the 2010 production of True Grit is much different than that of the 1969 True Grit. Why did the Coen brothers decide to follow the diction of the original novel so closely? Did folks ...
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Is classic literature a common and intentional inspiration for the Coen Brothers?

It is widely accepted that "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" is a modern retelling of Homer's "Odyssey." I can see some allusions to the Inferno chapters from Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy" in the ...
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Who stole the heroin in No Country For Old Men?

The the last time we see the heroin in No Country for Old Men, Lewellyn Moss is present. He finds they money and heroin, but takes only takes the money. The next time we are at the scene, Anton ...
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What are Walter and Donny's occupations (when the events in the movie are unfolding)?

The only detail I can remember that can give a hint on what Walter's job was, is that he works in Security, as written in his van: Can't remember anything for Donny. Is there another hint in the ...
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Who Stole the Dude's car in The Big Lebowski?

In the Big Lebowski, The Dude's car is stolen (or possibly towed) after it is parked in a handicap zone. Walter and The Dude find some homework in the car and assume that the owner of the homework ...
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Did Walter kill Donny in The Big Lebowski?

Watching The Big Lebowski again, for the nth time, I felt a bit silly. If you haven't seen it... well, let's get past the summary few lines so that we don't spoil it for anyone who hasn't actually ...