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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:
Debbie Peters
Carl Galenski
Vice Det. John Gentile
Fran Hansen
Gregg Baker
Lt. Bob Jent
Connor Rockom ...
Hansen Son
Allie Halcombe
Ed Stauber


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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The hunter becomes the hunted See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 July 2013 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Frozen Ground  »

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$27,220,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in 26 days. By the end of filming, the days had 3-1/2 fewer hours of daylight. See more »


When Holcombe and Von Clausen are doing surveillance on Hansen, the side windows of their car are coated in ice too thick to see through. In the next sequence, they pursue Hansen with crystal clear windows. See more »


Robert Hansen: Goddammit, Bob!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with pictures and information about Hansen's known victims See more »


Featured in Projector: The Frozen Ground (2013) See more »


Written by Joe Conte
Performed by Zeenit
Published by Burnmore Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of A&R Select
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Eerie, Subtle, Affecting: well worth your time
25 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

This film hasn't received a lot of press or a wide distribution. Sadly, that's probably due to Nic Cage, which is a shame. First, he's very subdued and focused (there's no wild-man Nicholas Cage in this movie). In fact, he plays a deeply decent, dedicated Alaska State Trooper who becomes convinced that a serial killer (also very well played by a creepy John Cusack) is stalking women in Anchorage. The film downplays the gore, while showing the seedy and soul-crushing underworld where Cusack finds his victims. A very nice bonus is that almost all of the police officers shown in the film are hard-working people who want to catch this killer, but know they have to work within the law to ensure he doesn't escape them in the courts. Vanessa Hudgins turns in a very nice performance as one victim who escaped and was instrumental in identifying the killer. The director does a fine job of capturing the ghostly silences of the frozen north, where so many of the man's victims were buried. All in all, a fine, atmospheric film that is both thrilling and sad. Well worth your time.

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