Fargo! The film got a limited release on March 8th 1996, and it went wide a few weeks later -- since I was in college in upstate New York at the time I probably didn't see it until some time in April, but I actually have an incredibly vivid memory of seeing the film (which is surprising because my memory is usually riddled with holes).
It was my very first visit to The Little, the first-class art-house theater in Rochester, New York, and I saw the movie with this guy Chris, who was a good friend of my then boyfriend. (Hi Chris where ever you are!) Anyway I ended up working at the Little for my last couple of years of college, so my love for that particular small-city institution was born right here and right there by the Coens. Not hard to buy, right?
The Five Female Characters In Fargo!