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Frozen River (2008)

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Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women - one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances - are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Ray and Lila - and a New York State Trooper as opponent in an evolving cat-and-mouse game. Written by anonymous

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mohawk | money | river | new york | border | See All (166) »

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Desperation knows no borders.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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31 October 2008 (Venezuela)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$70,234 (USA) (1 August 2008)

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$2,508,841 (USA) (13 March 2009)
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Melissa Leo's character Ray Eddy's name is spoken one time throughout the film. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, when the truck arrives, there is clearly no snow on the road surface. When the boy throws his snowball, there are traces beneath the truck of previous snowballs (previous takes). Then, when the truck leaves, there is again no snow. See more »

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Ray Eddy: What if a trooper stops us?
Lila Littlewolf: They're not gonna stop you, you're white.
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Dirty And Sleazy But Reality
30 January 2009 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

Frozen River never even gets close to something of a positive tone. The movie is about a mother of two having her husband abandon them on 10 days before Christmas. To make matters worse the family is in dire straits needing money. As a result Melissa Leo, who plays the mother, begins to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border to make money.

Melissa Leo's performance in this movie is very good but hard to watch. The movie is tough and shows poverty in American and in Indian reservations continuously. Her performance showed the desperation of a single mother and the price she will pay to get what she needs.

The writing and directing of the movie was executed very well but I couldn't help but just have a bad feeling after the movie. I'm fine with negative movie but there seemed to be almost no hope for anyone in this film. Some stretches were of the film were dragging on but still a good film. If your in the mood watch this movie.


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