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Frozen River (2008)

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 32 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Trooper Finnerty
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Jacques Bruno
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Guy Versailles
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Bernie Littlewolf
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Azin Jahanbakhsh ...
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James Phillips ...
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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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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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5 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Río helado  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,508,841 (USA) (13 March 2009)
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Ray Eddy's name is spoken once. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when the truck arrives, no snow is on the road. When the boy throws his snowball, traces of snowballs from previous takes are visible beneath the truck. When the truck leaves, the snow is gone. See more »

Quotes

T.J.: You're still bitter.
Ray Eddy: [bitter] I need you and Ricky to put up the christmas tree after school tomorrow, okay?
T.J.: Where are you going?
Ray Eddy: [irritated] Christmas shopping.
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Sure to be a classic Indie film
1 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a first time director, a superb job, The general theme is single mothers fighting for their very life. Living on next to nothing,trying to raise their children with almost no resources but their own courage. They are at the very edge of society living in forbidding land of ice snow and frozen lakes and rivers. Both Melissa Leo and the native American woman must make terrible choices in order to live. Despite what the main stream critics have said, the picture is photographed wonderfully and there are no cheap props other indications of cheap film. The actors are fabulous and the characters are interesting, true to life and the story makes sense. This film is a classic, and I hereby nominate both female leads for Oscars. see this film ASAP!!


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