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Winter's Bone -- An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.
Winter's Bone -- 17 year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared.  If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods.  Challenging her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.
Winter's Bone -- Clip: Little Sparrow
Winter's Bone -- Clip: Merab's Yard
Winter's Bone -- Clip: Teardrop's Kitchen


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Release Date:
16 July 2010 (USA) See more »
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Lawrence ... Ree
Isaiah Stone ... Sonny
Ashlee Thompson ... Ashlee
Valerie Richards ... Connie

Shelley Waggener ... Sonya

Garret Dillahunt ... Sheriff Baskin
William White ... Blond Milton
Ramona Blair ... Parenting Teacher

Lauren Sweetser ... Gail
Andrew Burnley ... Baby Ned
Phillip Burnley ... Baby Ned
Isaac Skidmore ... Baby Ned
Cody Brown ... Floyd
Cinnamon Schultz ... Victoria

John Hawkes ... Teardrop
Casey MacLaren ... Megan

Kevin Breznahan ... Little Arthur

Dale Dickey ... Merab

Sheryl Lee ... April
Marideth Sisco ... Singer at Party

Tate Taylor ... Mike Satterfield
Ronnie Hall ... Thump Milton (as Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall)
Beth Domann ... Alice
Charlotte Jeane Lucas ... Tilly
Raymond Vaughan Jr. ... Ray (as Ray Vaughan Jr.)
Russell Schalk ... Army Recruiter (as Sgt. Russel A. Schalk)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Luke Cockroft ... School boy (uncredited)
Brandon Gray ... Spider Milton (uncredited)
Trey Owens ... Student at school (uncredited)

Debbie Sutcliffe ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Tony Teebo ... Auction viewer (uncredited)

Directed by
Debra Granik 
Writing credits
Debra Granik (screenplay) &
Anne Rosellini (screenplay)

Daniel Woodrell (novel)

Produced by
Kathryn Dean .... co-producer (as Kate Dean)
Kathryn Dean .... line producer (as Kate Dean)
Alix Madigan .... producer (as Alix Madigan-Yorkin)
Michael McDonough .... associate producer
Anne Rosellini .... producer
Jonathan Scheuer .... executive producer
Shawn Simon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dickon Hinchliffe 
Cinematography by
Michael McDonough 
Film Editing by
Affonso Gonçalves 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Mark White 
Set Decoration by
Rebecca Brown 
Costume Design by
Rebecca Hofherr 
Makeup Department
Maya Hardinge .... key makeup artist
Joshua King .... assistant makeup artist
Marina Proctor .... key hair stylist
Nathan Shelton .... prosthetic effects artist
Production Management
Maura Anderson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jolian Blevins .... second assistant director
Yann Sobezynski .... first assistant director
Cedric Vara .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Russ Dove .... leadman
Ron Moore .... carpenter
Richard Peete .... property master
Deanna Smith .... art production assistant
Christopher Strok .... art production assistant
Carter Royce Waite .... set dresser
Jonathan Henry Way .... set dresser (as Jonathan H. Way)
Nathan R. Webster .... leadman
Jacob S. Wynant .... art production assistant
Rob Yapkowitz .... props assistant
Sound Department
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
James Demer .... sound mixer
David Ellinwood .... adr editor
David Ellinwood .... dialogue editor
David Fleming .... additional sound recordist
Michael F. Grinage .... boom operator (as Michael Grinage)
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Steve Peters .... additional sound recordist
Matt Rocker .... foley supervisor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dom Tavella)
Damian Volpe .... sound re-recording mixer
Damian Volpe .... supervising sound editor
Paul Yurt .... systems engineer
Anthony Kapfer .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joshua King .... special effects assistant
Nathan Shelton .... special effects prosthetics
Mike Strain Jr. .... special effects consultant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jessica Elvin .... smoke artist (as Jessica Allen Elvin)
Andrew Still .... data manager
Shawn Patrick Nash .... stunt coordinator (as Shawn Nash)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregory S. Bahler .... electrician
Michael F. Burke .... first assistant camera (as Michael Burke)
Carissa Crain .... camera intern
David Fleming .... camera intern
Luke Keen .... camera intern
Nina Kuhn .... gaffer
Sebastian Mlynarski .... still photographer
Megan Morris .... second assistant camera
David Newton .... grip
Joseph Paolini .... key grip
Alan Pierce .... camera operator
Alan Pierce .... director of photography: second unit
Jeff Pinette .... red camera technician
Richard Sandler .... Super 8 cinematography
Meg Schrock .... best boy electric
Axel Thiele .... electrician
Easton Thiele .... grip
Terry Zumalt .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Sarah Grace Johnson .... casting assistant
Sarah Grace Johnson .... extras casting coordinator
Heather Laird .... location extras casting
Heather Laird .... location principal casting
Allison Estrin .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Cristina Martinez .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Paige Orr .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ryan Piotrowski .... wardrobe production assistant
Lauren Schad .... wardrobe supervisor
Cassie Tweeten .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Stephanie Ahn .... additional editor: Edit Center
Erika Blaszak .... additional editor: Edit Center
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Alice Borrelli .... additional editor: Edit Center
Anderson Boyd .... additional editor: Edit Center (as Drew Boyd)
Sarah Connors .... post-production consultant
Sara Cross .... additional editor: Edit Center
Kristin Cully .... additional editor: Edit Center
Mike D'Angelo .... additional editor: Edit Center
Jessica Elvin .... digital intermediate editor
Eric Glatt .... additional editor: Edit Center
Noah Goldman .... additional editor: Edit Center
Naomi Goodman .... first assistant editor
Ashley Gormley .... additional editor: Edit Center
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive producer
Eric Leverenz .... digital intermediate assistant
Rosa Oh .... additional editor: Edit Center
Richie Roefaro .... digital content specialist
Michelle Scourtos .... additional editor: Edit Center
Sheila Shirazi .... additional editor: Edit Center
Rosemary Siciliano .... additional editor: Edit Center
Daniel Silverman .... digital intermediate imaging and recording
Victoria Stewart .... second assistant editor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Sigi Torinus .... additional editor: Edit Center
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate imaging and recording
Cindy Yoon .... additional editor: Edit Center
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan Evans Farkas .... music editor
Steve Peters .... music research and production
Marideth Sisco .... music research and production
Transportation Department
Thirl Haston .... driver: insert car
Jim Kelly .... driver: honeywagon (as Jim Kelley)
Adrian Trent .... driver: g/e
Other crew
Paulie Allen .... caterer: Da Barefoot Chef
Felicia Beeson .... key stand-in
Kathy Beeson .... additional dialogue
Jared Billman .... production office intern
Mike Blesse .... production office intern
Teresa Vinson Brown .... production office intern (as Teresa Brown)
Andrew Cesana .... script supervisor
Darrell Claunch .... set intern
Ben Clutter .... craft service
Bo Darde .... production office intern
Ramsey Fendall .... media technician
Vanessa Fields .... production office intern
Kim Guy .... on-set tutor
Ronnie Hall .... additional dialogue (as Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall)
Ashley Hytti .... production office intern
Sarah Kessinger .... production office coordinator
Jim Lass .... additional dialogue
Jeremy Lowe .... set intern
Casey MacLaren .... additional dialogue
Kathleen Malm .... key stand-in
Tom Maloney .... key production assistant
Bryan Manning .... set production assistant
Terry Marshall .... additional dialogue
Sidney McGregor .... set production assistant
Richard Michael .... community liaison
Richard Michael .... location scout
Tana Miller .... craft service: Abby Road Foods
Lindsey Paydon .... production office intern
Randy Price .... additional dialogue
Josh Sandler .... legal affairs: Sandler Law, Winter's Bone Productions
Russell Schalk .... additional dialogue (as Sgt. Russel A. Schalk)
Brendan Baker Schmidt .... production office intern
Dan Seligman .... assistant to the producers (as Dan Seligmann)
Steve Shapiro .... production accountant
Marc H. Simon .... legal counsel: Cowan, DeBates, Abrahams & Sheppard
Bruce Tanner .... additional dialogue
Lyon Taylor .... location manager
Michael J. Urann .... post production consultant
Raymond Vaughan Jr. .... additional dialogue (as Ray Vaughan Jr.)
Steve Weyher .... caterer: Golden Coral
Anthony White .... set production assistant
Jayson Wilkins .... production office intern
Bryce Young .... set production assistant
Sarah Johnson .... office assistant (uncredited)
Allen Bain .... thanks
Brian Bell .... special thanks
Missi Bellah .... special thanks
Mark Biggs .... special thanks
Yvette Bird .... thanks
Diane Calvert .... thanks
Danny Clinton .... special thanks
Steve Golin .... thanks
Susan Hatfield .... thanks
Jerry Jones .... special thanks: The Missouri Film Commission
Brian A. Kates .... thanks (as Brian Kates)
Gail Lopata Lennon .... special thanks (as Gail Lennon)
Gordon McCann .... special thanks
Alan Oxman .... thanks
Ellen Parks .... thanks
Jake Perlin .... thanks
Hariet Priestley Sandler .... in loving memory of
Hans Ritter .... thanks (as Hans C. Ritter)
Richard Jonas Scheuer .... in loving memory of
Jesse Scolaro .... special thanks
Steven Shainberg .... thanks
Andrea Sporcic .... special thanks: The Missouri Film Commission
Patrick Stettner .... thanks
Guy Thurber .... thanks

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Rated R for some drug material, language and violent content
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (2010) | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-13 | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:12 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45999)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The title comes from an old Appalachian expression - "like a dog digging after a winter's bone" - indicating someone who, like Ree Dolly, is on a search or quest for something and will not give it up.See more »
Continuity: When Ree is talking to Teardrop in the pickup truck at night, Teardrop is not smoking. The camera cuts back and forth quickly between Ree and Teardrop several times with no smoke, and suddenly the camera cuts to Teardrop and we see the smoke of a cigarette coming from out of the frame.See more »
[first lines]
Ree:[waking her] Ashlee Dawn...
[to her brother]
Ashlee:Wake up...
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Movie Connections:
High on a MountainSee more »


Why do Merab Milton and her sisters end up helping Ree?
What is 'Winter's Bone' about?
What actually happened to Ree's father?
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97 out of 157 people found the following review useful.
Shades of Deliverance, deja vu, 21 June 2010
Author: bobbobwhite from san ramon ca

This film tells the sad story of inbred, poverty-stricken, Missouri Ozark hillbillies trying to scratch out a living on poor soil and even worse personal resources, so it was no wonder meth production was embraced as a life-changing profit center that had the illegal potential to change their lives for the better. Their poor lives before meth had a certain dignity in the hard struggle for survival in an uncaring world that had passed them by or never allowed them to catch up, either or both, but cheap and dangerous drug production leading to fast but risky money took these unfortunates down a road that surely few would have chosen if they had a chance beforehand to see any of the personal and social harm it created in a society already at great risk of decent survival. What great harm it did was shown and acted brilliantly, as it pushed these already at-risk people lower down the chain of life than before and surely even lower than the wild animals they had to kill for food.

A young girl of 17, seeming older than her years, beaten up and beaten down, wary of those around her but needing their help, and with 2 young siblings and a helpless mother to care for, she learned that her drug-making, drugged-out father disappeared and missed a court date for a drug arrest, and the most important task of her life then became finding her father before they lost their meager home to bondsmen, as that sorry home place was all they had in the world but it was home and she intended with all her heart and soul to do whatever it took to keep it and her family together. The acting throughout was appropriately serious to deadly, with hardly even a smile to be seen, and left us thankful as seldom before for whatever our own lives give us compared to those in the story.

Such a grim and foreboding task the daughter had, with imminent harm threatening around every corner she turned and behind every door on which she knocked, even those of relatives. Determination can get you far, but only so far unless you get a few breaks, and that long quest for a decent break was what kept viewer's eyes glued to the screen until it all played out in the end as could be expected in that dire situation.

Bleak, stark, harsh, mean, cruel...all those tough adjectives were present in full force throughout her search, but present also was her eternal fire of human spirit and family duty that would never quit. When actual survival is at stake, this story showed well that some of us truly can find the right stuff to survive when no better choices are possible.

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