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Frozen River -- Life in Massena is as harsh and barren as the frigid landscape. In this bleak terrain, two hardened single mothers are trying to make lives for their children. Lila is a widowed Mohawk whose mother-in-law "stole" her newborn son a year ago. Ray is a mother of two whose gambling-addicted husband just left town with the down payment for their new trailer home. Faced with little opportunity to mak...
Frozen River -- This is the theatrical trailer for Frozen River, directed by Courtney Hunt.


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Writer (WGA):
Courtney Hunt (written by)
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Release Date:
31 October 2008 (Venezuela) See more »
Desperation knows no borders.
Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Fantastic Film - and a rare glimpse into the reality of life in Indian Country See more (92 total) »


  (in credits order)

Melissa Leo ... Ray Eddy

Misty Upham ... Lila Littlewolf

Charlie McDermott ... T.J.

Michael O'Keefe ... Trooper Finnerty

Mark Boone Junior ... Jacques Bruno

James Reilly ... Ricky

Jay Klaitz ... Guy Versailles
John Canoe ... Bernie Littlewolf
Dylan Carusona ... Jimmy
Michael Skye ... Billy Three Rivers (as Michael Sky)

Gargi Shinde ... Pakistani Mother

Rajesh Bose ... Pakistani Father
Azin Jahanbakhsh ... Pakistani Dealer
Jack Phillips ... Pakistani Baby
James Phillips ... Pakistani Baby
Madelyn Cross ... Velma - Ticket Taker
Donna Jacobs ... Evelyn Littlewoof
Trudy Rice ... Rosalie
Craig Shilowich ... Matt

Brittany LeBorgne ... Pat (as Brittany Leborgne)
Justin Kotyk ... Mick

Betty Ouyang ... Li Wei - Chinese Woman #1
Nancy Wu ... Chen Li - Chinese Woman #2

Pun Bandhu ... Chinese Man #1

Scott Chan ... Chinese Man #2
Joey Chanlin ... Chinese Man #3
Kenneth Fung ... Chinese Man #4
Brian Lashway ... Rent-To-Own Man
Paul Borst ... Rent-To-Own Man
Trisha M. Sky ... Danceuses Nues Bartender
Angelina Kent ... Danceuses Nues Dancer
Angus Curotte ... Wolf Mart Attendant
Adam Lukens ... Mitch
Thahnhahténhtha Gilbert ... Little Jake
Tom Messner ... TV Weatherman
Betty Deer ... Mrs. Three Rivers
Scott W. Beebie ... Surete De Quebec Officer
Gary Hemingway ... Mobile Home Driver
John K. Vanvalkenburg ... Mobile Home Driver
Jonathan T. Vanvalkenburg ... Mobile Home Driver
Pat Fisher ... Mobile Home Customer
Sherry Drinkwine ... Mobile Home Customer
Konwenni Jacobs ... Wolf Mart Patron
Catherine Deer ... Wolf Mart Patron
Melissa-Jean Deer ... Wolf Mart Patron
Patrice Jersey ... Yankee One Dollar Patron
David Jersey ... Yankee One Dollar Patron
Cameron Jersey ... Yankee One Dollar Patron
Lance Delisle ... Bingo Caller / Disc Jockey (voice)

Crystal Shade ... Bingo Parlor Worker
Darleen Thompson ... Bingo Parlor Worker
Joe Clukey ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Nicole Clukey ... Bingo Parlor Patron
John Conroy ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Daniel Dame ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Donnell Dame ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Donna Dame ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Summer Lynn Dame ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Natalie Dame ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Donna David ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Wilfred David ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Brittany Dennis ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Cristal Dennis ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Priscilla Dennis ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Raymond Devins ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Esther Devins ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Ruth A. Dixon ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Linda M. Dombrowski ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Hugette Dubuque ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Mary T. Favreau ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Maria Garrant ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Jacob Guerin ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Meaghan Hollo ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Larry Joiner ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Elizabeth Martineau ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Joseph McLean ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Walter E. Mooney ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Jane Mooney ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Jessica Rock ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Nancy L. Russell ... Bingo Parlor Patron
David See ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Cecile Stone ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Sylvester Watson ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Carrie Watson ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Josie White ... Bingo Parlor Patron
Dino ... Thunder

Directed by
Courtney Hunt 
Writing credits
Courtney Hunt (written by)

Produced by
Charles S. Cohen .... executive producer
Molly Conners .... co-producer
Jenny R. Evans .... associate producer (as Jenny Evans)
Donald Harwood .... executive producer (as Donald A. Harwood)
Chip Hourihan .... line producer
Chip Hourihan .... producer
Jay B. Itkowitz .... co-executive producer
Laura Mehlhaff .... assistant producer
Heather Rae .... producer
Craig Shilowich .... assistant producer
Alfonso Trinidad .... associate producer
Original Music by
Peter Golub 
Shahzad Ismaily  (as Shahzad Ali Ismaily)
Cinematography by
Reed Morano (director of photography) (as Reed Dawson Morano)
Film Editing by
Kate Williams 
Production Design by
Inbal Weinberg 
Art Direction by
Brian Rzepka 
Set Decoration by
Jasmine E. Ballou  (as Jasmine Ballou)
Costume Design by
Abby O'Sullivan 
Makeup Department
Brittany LeBorgne .... makeup intern (as Brittany Leborgne)
Lindsey Novotny .... hair stylist
Lindsey Novotny .... makeup artist
Crystal Shade .... hair stylist
Crystal Shade .... makeup artist
Production Management
Anne Marie Dentici .... unit production manager
Cara Mia Harris .... unit production manager: pre-production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vadim Epstein .... second assistant director
Kevin Pazmino .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rachael Palmer Filsinger .... assistant set decorator (as Rachel Filsinger)
Joel Hager .... assistant property master
Richard Peete .... set dresser
Max Sherwood .... property master
Jory Sutton .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Adams .... boom operator
Micah Bloomberg .... sound mixer
Travis Call .... audio post supervisor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Thomas Kordos .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Thomas Kordos)
Roberto Lange .... foley engineer
Cory Melious .... sound editor
Cory Melious .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan M. Price .... m&e mixer
Jason Trammell .... foley artist
Tony Volante .... supervising re-recording mixer
Carlos Sotolongo .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mark A. Brown .... digital film services (as Marc Brown)
Nicholas Daniels .... lead vfx artist
Leonardo Quiles .... visual effects supervisor: Leonardo Quiles Studios
Tim Garris .... stunt coordinator
Alex Kerwin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Nathan Beaman .... best boy grip
Justin Bennett .... electrician (as Justin 'Rusty' Bennett)
Justin Bennett .... grip (as Justin 'Rusty' Bennett)
Jeremy Conley .... grip intern
Darren Frohlich .... electrician
Darren Frohlich .... grip
David Ganczewski .... best boy electric
Rob Harlow .... electrician
Rob Harlow .... grip
Kate Larose .... first assistant camera
Adam Lukens .... key grip
Kristian Maynard .... second assistant camera (as Kristian Maynard)
Dan Mazur .... electrician
Dan Mazur .... grip
Reed Morano .... camera operator
Georgia Pantazopoulos .... electrician
Georgia Pantazopoulos .... grip
Elizabeth Stern .... electrician (as Elizabeth 'Bette' Stern)
Elizabeth Stern .... grip (as Elizabeth 'Bette' Stern)
Waris Supanpong .... first assistant camera
Jory Sutton .... still photographer
Matthew Walker .... gaffer (as Matt Walker)
Casting Department
Tracey Deer .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martina Melendez .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Yohance Brown .... colorist
Inhan Cho .... additional editor
Lisa Cohen .... digital film producer
Paul D'Amico .... assistant editor
John Eremic .... on-line editor
Amy Foote .... additional editor
Matthew Honovic .... additional editor
Adam Hutchinson .... additional editor
Thomas Lindsay .... additional editor (as Tom Lindsay)
Ben Lombardo .... additional editor
Bill Scott .... senior color timer
Karen Lynn Weinberg .... additional editor (as Karen Weinberg)
Peggy Anne Zack .... additional editor (as Peggy Zack)
A.J. Del Cueto .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
The Calm .... musicians: additional background music
Rachel Diabo .... musician: additional background music
Robert Dick .... musician: bass flute
Peter Golub .... musician: keyboards
Marika Hughes .... musician: cello
Shahzad Ismaily .... musician: guitars and percussion (as Shahzad Ali Ismaily)
Keri Latimer .... composer: additional music
Keri Latimer .... musician: guitar and covals
Transportation Department
Mark Tourangeau .... driver: generator truck
Other crew
Chris Angelosanto .... production secretary
Chris Banke .... dog wrangler
Craig Bankey .... publicist: PMK/HBH
Austin Bourdeleau .... assistant to director
Marlo Carroll .... assistant location manager
Andrew Cesana .... script supervisor
Whitney Cipkowski .... child care
Kelly Conrad .... publicity material: Oliver Russell Agency
Simon Conroy .... chef
John Dempsey .... ice technical advisor
Patrick Eaton .... key production assistant
Latoya Gay .... production assistant
Justin Halstead .... production assistant
Donald Harwood .... legal counsel (as Donald A. Harwood)
Eric Hora .... production assistant
Jameson Job .... dog wrangler
Chris Johnson .... computer support
Gary Kauffman .... legal counsel
Eric LaFranchi .... production assistant: first team
Nicholas Mayper .... medical advisor (as Dr. Nicholas Mayper)
Brendan Moore .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Nevitt .... production accountant
Rob Plonskier .... production assistant
Pamela Preston .... production accountant
Mika Pryce .... production coordinator (as Shamika Pryce)
Desmond Racicot .... police technical advisor
Toby Robin .... publicity material: Oliver Russell Agency
Craig Shilowich .... location manager
Russ Stoddard .... publicity material: Oliver Russell Agency
Suzanne Trevellyan .... website design: Trevellyan Graphic Design and Marketing
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Megan Grogan .... special thanks
Kurt Lustgarten .... thanks
Louise O'Brien-Moran .... thanks

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Rated R for some language
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Melissa Leo's character Ray Eddy's name is spoken one time throughout the film.See more »
Miscellaneous: The correct spelling is "Massena".See more »
Ray Eddy:What if a trooper stops us?
Lila Littlewolf:They're not gonna stop you, you're white.
See more »
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99 out of 128 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Film - and a rare glimpse into the reality of life in Indian Country, 31 July 2008
Author: bgills-1 from United States

I caught a viewing of this tonight at the fantastic Traverse City Film Festival. The film was really fantastic. It is an indie flick very reminiscent of David Gordon Green's work (George Washington, All the Real Girls, etc) in pacing, cinematography, and the depth of character the director is able to elicit with profound minimalism. The plot centers around a Mohawk coyote who smuggles illegals across the St. Lawrence in the winter by driving back and forth between the Canadian and US segments of the Mohawk Reservation. The Mohawk are one of the few tribes that issue their own passports and directly challenge federal authority to regulate their border. Because the reservation covers areas in both nations there isn't much either side can do. For the Mohawk, sovereignty has real meaning, and they protect it fiercely.

The main character (aside from the Mohawk woman) is a white woman living in the area who's husband is a degenerate gambler and has taken off with the money she had saved to get them a new modular home. We never meet him, but nevertheless are given a good portrait of his and the family's struggles with his addiction. She needs $4k fast, stumbles into this smuggling business quite unexpectedly and decides its her only hope to avoid homelessness for herself and two kids. It's suspenseful, introspective, and the acting is top notch by everyone. I also loved how it provided a glimpse into one part of Indian Country few people even know exists, and treats the Indians as people rather than victims or otherwise attempts to cajole the audience into feeling something for them. They are just people. Just like us.

Highly recommended.

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