Northfork (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  1 August 2003 (USA)
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Set in 1955, the residents of a small Montana community are forced to move their homes to make way for a new dam.


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In a near-empty Northfork orphanage, Father Harlan gently tends to Irwin, an eight-year-old who lies between a dream state and death. As orphanage caretaker Harlan reads aloud about Northfork's years-ago forced evacuation to make way for a hydro-electric dam, Irwin's imagination takes flight. While a team of six men evacuate the last remaining citizens of the town, Irwin, too, invents a cast of characters to prepare himself for his own evacuation. (the above states the caretaker - who is actually the priest - is reading about a years-ago evacuation. In the movie, the evacuation is taking place as the boy lays dying!) Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Antistasi mehris eshaton  »

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$1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,481 (USA) (11 July 2003)


$1,420,578 (USA) (26 December 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Mr Stalling says that he is waiting for a sign from God, when Walter O'Brien visits him at the ark. Walter imparts a tale about when the water has risen, men will come by in a boat to take him and the two Mrs Stallings's to safety. They will not go, because they are waiting for a sign and they will drown. And God will say, I sent you a boat, what more did you want? This story also appears in the The West Wing season one episode "Take This Sabbath Day" and is told by the Karl Malden character, Father Thomas Cavanaugh. See more »


When the six committee members get out of their three cars at the dam, we hear eight doors slam. See more »


[first lines]
Walter: [reading a letter] To the loving O'Brien family. It has been brought to our attention that the remains of a Mrs. Patricia O'Brien have yet to be excavated. Please make arrangements immediately.
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Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Performed by Patsy Cline
Arranged by W.S. Stevenson (1959) (a pseudonym of William A. 'Bill' McCall)
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Acuff-Rose Music
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22 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The third film from the Polish brothers is their best, most beautiful, imaginative film yet. Though many audiences will have a problem with Northfork's lack of traditional dramatic structure, "Stick with it, Jack!". The plot is difficult to summarize, so just know that the story includes: agents trying to evacuate a city, God in a cowboy hat, the selling of angel wings, and a sick orphan (but it all works). M. David Mullen's extraordinary photography makes almost every frame exciting and wonderful to look at. The performances of the actors, working with the Polish Brothers' inspiringly offbeat script, are pitch-perfect and give the film its emotional punch. The strong-willed audience member will be moved by the mythology and folk tale of the story, the comic and moving actors, and finally the incredible courage and command that Michael Polish shows behind the camera. Again all of these incredible and seemingly disjointed elements come together magnificently in one of the most incredible things you should run out and experience. A great, great, great movie!!!

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