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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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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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$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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Charlie McDermott and James Reilly, who play brothers, are cousins in real life. See more »

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When crossing the river for the first time, the car drives down a ramp with trees to the side. Leaving the river at the other side of the crossing, the same trees are visible. 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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Courtney Hunt: Fresh Blood to Hollywood with an Independent spirit
15 February 2009 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Reminded me Ridley Scott's Thelma&Louise(1991), this film debut of director and writer Courtney Hunt delivers us a compulsory participation of the two opposite characters. Melissa Leo and Misty Upham perform two innocent and mature women driven into the crime world after desperation.

Frozen River carries a vital independent spirit that even though the value of contents of the film is so unassuming, it brings in both sentimental and intellectual prestige. Directing, editing and storytelling are so plain. Cinematography, lights and sound work, score are out-of-service. There is absolutely no cinematic aspect but the theme. Since it's an independent production we primarily come across to a thorough presentation of this theme. It has been worked up so effectively and is as plausible as a documentary.

A great commitment and well-created atmosphere by Courtney Hunt. All actors have done a good job. Might feel boring if not seen for personal view.


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