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Northfork -- Set in 1955, the residents of a small Montana community are forced to move their homes to make way for a new dam.
Northfork -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Mark Polish (written by) &
Michael Polish (written by)
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Release Date:
1 August 2003 (USA) See more »
Set in 1955, the residents of a small Montana community are forced to move their homes to make way for a new dam. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Woods ... Walter O'Brien

Nick Nolte ... Father Harlan

Douglas Sebern ... Mayor

Claire Forlani ... Mrs. Hadfield

Duel Farnes ... Irwin

Mark Polish ... Willis O'Brien

Daryl Hannah ... Flower Hercules

Graham Beckel ... Marvin

Josh Barker ... Matt (as Joshuin Barker)

Peter Coyote ... Eddie

Jon Gries ... Arnold

Rick Overton ... Rudolph

Robin Sachs ... Cup of Tea

Ben Foster ... Cod

Anthony Edwards ... Happy
Mike J. Regan ... Flaco (as Mike Regan)
Mae Fassett ... Ursula
Perry Hofferber ... Mr. Pillsbury
Mark Twogood ... Jigger
Marshall Bell ... Mr. Stalling
Josh Olsen ... Mr. Young
Julie MacAlister ... Mrs. Young
Saralyn Sebern ... Mrs. Stalling #1
Ginny Watts ... Mrs. Stalling #2

Kyle MacLachlan ... Mr. Hope

Michele Hicks ... Mrs. Hope
Eli Akira Kaufman ... Cookie (as Eli Kaufman)
Steve Kramer ... Radio Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clark Gregg ... Mr. Hadfield (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Polish 
Writing credits
Mark Polish (written by) &
Michael Polish (written by)

Produced by
Gil Amaral .... co-executive producer
Jon Gries .... associate producer
Janet Jensen .... executive producer
Barbara A. Jones .... co-executive producer
Bruce E. Jones .... co-executive producer
Todd King .... co-producer
Damon Martin .... executive producer
Paul Mayersohn .... executive producer (as Paul F. Mayersohn)
Mark Polish .... producer
Michael Polish .... producer
Anthony Romano .... executive producer
Michel Shane .... executive producer
Jonathan Sheldon .... associate producer
Paul A. Torok .... co-producer (as Paul Torok)
Chad Troutwine .... associate producer
James Woods .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stuart Matthewman (music composed by)
Cinematography by
M. David Mullen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Leo Trombetta (edited by)
Production Design by
Brandee Dell'Aringa (co-production designer) (as Brandee Dellaringa)
Del Polish 
Ichelle Spitzig 
Art Direction by
David Storm 
Set Decoration by
Erin Smith 
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
Makeup Department
Andre Blaise .... key hair stylist
Becky Cotton .... key makeup artist
Stella Navari .... assistant hair/makeup
Production Management
Brigitte Mueller .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Coffing .... first assistant director
Adam Rehmeier .... second unit director
Colleen Wassel .... second second assistant director
Peter Christian White .... second assistant director (as Peter White)
Art Department
Hovig Alahaidoyan .... production illustrator
Ryer Banta .... swing
Richard Bennett .... illustrator
Lance Bradley .... scenic
Chad Branham .... property master
Sean Cheetham .... oil paintings
Jeff Cronin .... leadman
Douglas Cumming .... set designer (as Doug Cummings)
Sam De Bree .... assistant property master
Brett Allen Eckhart .... carpenter (as Bret Allen)
Allen Gagne .... construction foreman
Amanda House .... assistant property master
Broady Isakson .... carpenter
Dave Isakson .... carpenter
Chiaki Kanda .... shopper
Patrick J. Martin .... carpenter (as Patrick Martin)
Robert Morton .... art department coordinator (as Rob Morton)
Del Polish .... construction coordinator
Wendy Polish .... graphic designer
Crysta Pratt .... shopper
Janey 'Robyn' Rivers .... scenic (as Robyn Rivers)
Joey Spiotto .... art intern
Matt Troy .... carpenter
Allison Whitmer .... set dresser
Wyatt Whitmer .... swing
James Zumbrun .... carpenter
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
Monroe Cummings .... boom
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Eakins .... sound effects editor
Steve Fontaine .... assistant engineer
Amy Hammer .... sound facility coordinator
Monica Henderson .... assistant sound editor (as Monica Henderson)
Lisa Kadet Kuhne .... assistant sound editor (as Kadet Kuhne)
John Marquis .... sound effects designer
John Marquis .... sound effects editor
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer
Tobias Poppe .... assistant sound editor
Eryne Prine .... foley supervisor
Martin Schloemer .... mixing recordist
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Dave Steinwedel .... assistant sound editor (as David Steinwedel)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby
Christopher Young .... mixing recordist
Andrew Troy .... post-production sound (uncredited)
Donna G. Walker .... post sound operations (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Torrence Hall .... weapons effects
Mike J. Regan .... special effects (as Mike Regan)
Mike Tristano .... weapons effects (as Michael Tristano)
Gary J. Tunnicliffe .... special effects (as Gary Tunnicliffe)
Jim Ward .... snow effects
Visual Effects by
Miguel Bautista .... title designer: The Image Resolution, Inc. (as Miguel Batista)
David Emerson .... optical supervisor: The Image Resolution, Inc. (as Dave Emerson)
David Emerson .... visual effects supervisor: The Image Resolution, Inc. (as Dave Emerson)
David McCue .... optical camera: The Image Resolution, Inc. (as Dave McCue)
Kevin Shawley .... digital artist: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Martha Soehendra .... digital artist: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Randall Weatherington .... animation camera: The Image Resolution, Inc.
John Hedges .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sal Alvarez .... second assistant camera
Troy Bertleson .... electrician
Andre Blaise .... still photographer
Brian Branton .... key grip
Josh Cohen .... grip
Keith Eisberg .... first assistant camera
J.P. Gabriel .... gaffer
Randal Grimm .... grip
Jeff Guziak .... cinematographer: second unit (as Jeffrey Guziak)
Krist Hager .... best boy electric
Marcos O. Lopez .... assistant camera: second unit (as Marcus Lopez)
Jason McKnight .... best boy grip
Julia Nielson .... electrician
Matt Polish .... videographer
Christopher Smith .... electrician
Mary F. Stankiewicz .... second assistant camera (as Mary Stankiewicz)
Dave Thurlow .... loader
Jim Ward .... electrician
Patrick Webb .... grip (as Patrick J. Webb)
Matt Weiland .... grip (as Matthew Wieland)
Keith Eisberg .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
J.P. Gabriel .... crane operator (uncredited)
Juan Reyes .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Mary F. Stankiewicz .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tina Buckingham .... casting director: Montana
Jessica Gee .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allison McKibbon .... costumer
Chandra Moore-Telfer .... wardrobe ager (as Chandra Moore)
Chandra Moore-Telfer .... wardrobe supervisor (as Chandra Moore)
Kristen Willett .... seamstress (as Kristen Willet)
Editorial Department
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Jason Tucker .... assistant editor
Marion Grau .... digital colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Burnham .... musician: violin harmonics and effects (as Charlie Burnham)
Matt Devine .... music assistant
Jeff Kazee .... musician: accordion, "Death Dirge"
Rob Mathes .... conductor
Rob Mathes .... musician: harpsichord and organ
Rob Mathes .... orchestrator
Gordon Matthewman .... musician: trumpet and flugel horn
Stuart Matthewman .... music composer and arrager
Stuart Matthewman .... music performed by
Stuart Matthewman .... musician: clarinet and recorder, "Death Dirge"
Stuart Matthewman .... strings arranged by
Stuart Matthewson .... music mixer
Robert Morton .... music supervisor
Phil Myers .... musician: french horn
Sandra Park .... concert master
Sandra Park .... musician: solo violin
Shawn Pelton .... musician: drums, "Death Dirge"
Marcus Rojas .... musician: tuba, "Death Dirge"
Ron Saint Germain .... orchestra recordist (as Ron St Germaine)
Stacy Shames .... musician: harp (as Stacey Shames)
Transportation Department
Ned Beighey .... driver: honeywagon
Bret Bergman .... driver: camera truck
Mitchell Bergman .... transportation coordinator
Dwayne Boyer .... picture car wrangler
James Cummings .... driver: van
William 'Fleet' Eakland .... picture car coordinator
Charles Gatson .... transportation captain
Julie A. Gemar .... driver: van
Jeff F. Renfro .... driver: honeywagon (as Jeff Renfro)
Tim Romo .... driver: cast
Christine Schuman .... driver: van
David Voldberg .... driver: van
J.P. Gabriel .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Curt L. Ayers .... craft service (as Curt Ayers)
Steve Berman .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Robert Browning .... set production assistant
R.J. Burns .... location manager
Betty Ann Conard .... script supervisor
Maury Duchamp .... assistant to the director
Justin Grohs .... set medic
Scott Herrick .... accounting clerk
Billie Hughes .... film runner
Janna Judd .... office production assistant
Keith Kaplin .... set production assistant
Eli Akira Kaufman .... intern
Donna Langley .... office production assistant (as Donna Tolbert)
Barbara Long .... production accountant
Stuart Matthewman .... arranger: strings
Cheryl Mittal .... local production coordintor
John Muszala .... pilot
Nima Najafi .... office production assistant
Dael Nelson .... set medic
Johanna Nemeth .... production coordinator
Lisa O'Brien .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Quinn .... set medic
Eric W. Rasmussen .... set production assistant
Juan Reyes .... set production assistant (as Juan Pablo Reyes)
Jim Rostron .... caterer: Gourmet Girls
Sylvia Rostron .... caterer: Gourmet Girls
Marion Spiegelman .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Matt Tromans .... assistant: to Nick Nolte
Trudy Waldo .... caterer: Gourmet Girls
Aileen Kiernan .... assistant: Hunt Lowry (uncredited)
Matilde Aguilera .... special thanks
Marvin Bethea .... special thanks
Tracey Bing .... special thanks (as Tracy Bing)
Mike Brown .... special thanks
Erik Eger .... special thanks
Brent Elam .... special thanks
Kim Fadhronc .... special thanks
Sarah Freeman .... special thanks
Donna Gatewood .... special thanks
Bob Hoff .... special thanks
Sten Iversen .... special thanks
Terry Jacoby .... special thanks
Bill Kuney .... special thanks
Allan Levine .... special thanks
Pattee Mack .... special thanks
Mike Masters .... special thanks
Michele Matthewman .... special thanks
Larry Milot .... special thanks
Scott Polson .... special thanks
Billy Poveda .... special thanks
Shani Rosenzweig-Maydew .... special thanks
Sade .... special thanks (as Sade Adu)
Paul Schwartzman .... special thanks
Robert 'Short' Stevens .... special thanks
Jo Strettell .... special thanks
Nick Torok .... special thanks
Matt Tromans .... special thanks
Ruth Vitale .... special thanks
Rodney Weary .... special thanks
Nate Williams .... special thanks
Julie Young .... special thanks
Mark Young .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #39205)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Jigger can be heard pumping a shotgun between shots, but when we approach, we find he has a double-barrelled shotgun, which makes virtually no noise during reloading.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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Movie Connections:
References "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978)See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Northfork: 8/10, 25 October 2003
Author: movieguy1021 ( from Anywhere, USA

When Northfork debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, many people didn't like it because they felt it was boring and too slow. While I agree that it was slow (one of the slowest movies of the year), in no way was it boring. As Roger Ebert said, `there has never been a movie like Northfork.' I usually don't agree with Ebert, but for once he speaks the truth. Although John Sayles' Sunshine State may have some of the same immediate themes, nothing that I have ever seen or known of can even compare to the striking originality of the Polish Brothers' Northfork.

Northfork is a perfect example of how many times it's better to trek an extra few minutes to go to an art-house film instead of the latest Jack Black movie. The plot isn't some hackneyed, cookie-cutter plot; it's just so strikingly original. A small town in Montana named Northfork has a dam nearby that is about to be taken down. Therefore, the entire town must be evacuated. Some people, however, just don't want to leave. In a side plot, a young orphan (Duel Farnes) is very sick and bedridden; he's being taken care of by Father Harlan (Nick Nolte). The boy imagines himself as a fallen angel, so to speak, who help him out through his time of sickness.

Although much of the movie is straightforward, some of it could give David Lynch a run for his money. There's odd weather patterns, a weird, wooden, huge dog thing, and symbolism that would make Fellini proud. It's not as overall confusing as a Lynch film, but it's still quite odd. That's what makes Northfork so great: it's so out of the ordinary and yet so simple and plausible.

Northfork has a magical feel to it: it's almost like you're watching something you're not quite sure what it is but you feel entranced by it. As I said earlier, I agreed with Ebert on how this movie is unlike any other. However, I disagree when he says that it is `not entertaining'. He goes on to say it's just `enthralling.' Perhaps he just thought he should give it good reviews because everyone else is, but in lieu of how slow it was, I still thought it was very entertaining, something many dramas now can't do.

Northfork may not be the quickest movie or the most popular movie, but if you can get to and through it, you'll be extremely surprised, as I was.

My rating: 8/10

Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality.

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