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The Frozen Ground (2013)

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An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Connor Rockom ...
Hansen Son
Allie Halcombe
Ed Stauber
Chelle Ringell


Alaska Trooper Jack Holcombe believes Robert Hansen is a serial killer who abducts young girls, tortures and sexually assaults them, then kills them. But Holcombe doesn't have enough evidence to get a search warrant for Hansen's premises. Holcombe knows that one victim, Cyndy Paulsen, somehow survived, so he decides to seek her help, but he finds that she's now a junkie with trust issues. Holcombe has to earn her trust; meanwhile, Hansen is still hunting and killing girls. Written by

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The hunter becomes the hunted

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Rated R for violent content, sexuality/nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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11 July 2013 (Netherlands)  »

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Frozen Ground  »

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$27,220,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


In the film, John Cusack flies a Piper PA-18 Super Cub. Robert Hansen flew the same type of plane in real life. See more »


The McKay Building, looming in the background when Hansen picks up Debbie Peters, is the wrong color. In the 1970s, it was pink with maroon trim. See more »


D.A. Pat Clives: We'll look these over, get back to you in a few days.
Jack Halcombe: You know, he stalks them like his next trophy animal, he rapes them and kills them. He is probably doing it right now. We don't have a few days!
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The end credits begin with pictures and information about Hansen's known victims See more »


Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.135 (2012) See more »


Written by Brad Buxer (as B. Buxer) and B. Connole
Performed by The Jetzons
Published by Trailerville Music (BMI) / Vintage Masters Music (ASCAP)
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Decent movie that only scratches the surface of Hansen's diabolical crime spree
2 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a decent movie, which ironically would best be viewed on the big screen given the visually arresting shots of the Alaskan landscape except that it had a very tiny release on the big screen, and has most certainly been seen more on-demand and now through the DVD format. In case a viewer of "The Frozen Ground" is left unsatisfied with the necessary compression of events, composite characters, etc. that are necessary to produce a movie of less than two hours in length, and want to learn more about the Hansen case that inspired the movie one could do worse then read "Fair Game" ( by Bernard DuClos that was recently republished. Reading it as a companion to the

movie will help the viewer of "The Frozen Ground" realize the liberties that were inevitably taken to make it suitable for the silver screen as well as understand elements of Hansen's life and killing spree that the picture did not have time to delve into such as more of Hansen's background (which early on indicated a propensity toward crime) and the back story of the whole oil pipeline boom that produced the mafia controlled prostitution/strip bar scene that Hudgen's character is entangled in.

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