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Northfork (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 1 August 2003 (USA)
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Set in 1955, the residents of a small Montana community are forced to move their homes to make way for a new dam.

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Michael Polish
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Walter O'Brien
Nick Nolte ... Father Harlan
Douglas Sebern ... Mayor
Claire Forlani ... Mrs. Hadfield
Duel Farnes ... Irwin
Mark Polish ... Willis O'Brien
Daryl Hannah ... Flower Hercules
Graham Beckel ... Marvin
Josh Barker Josh Barker ... Matt (as Joshuin Barker)
Peter Coyote ... Eddie
Jon Gries ... Arnold
Rick Overton ... Rudolph
Robin Sachs ... Cup of Tea
Ben Foster ... Cod
Anthony Edwards ... Happy
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Storyline

In a near-empty Northfork orphanage, Father Harlan gently tends to Irwin, an eight-year-old who lies between a dream state and death. As orphanage caretaker Harlan reads aloud about Northfork's years-ago forced evacuation to make way for a hydro-electric dam, Irwin's imagination takes flight. While a team of six men evacuate the last remaining citizens of the town, Irwin, too, invents a cast of characters to prepare himself for his own evacuation. (the above states the caretaker - who is actually the priest - is reading about a years-ago evacuation. In the movie, the evacuation is taking place as the boy lays dying!) Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antistasi mehris eshaton See more »

Filming Locations:

Augusta, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,481, 13 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,420,578, 28 December 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mr Stalling says that he is waiting for a sign from God, when Walter O'Brien visits him at the ark. Walter imparts a tale about when the water has risen, men will come by in a boat to take him and the two Mrs Stallings's to safety. They will not go, because they are waiting for a sign and they will drown. And God will say, I sent you a boat, what more did you want? This story also appears in the The West Wing season one episode "Take This Sabbath Day" and is told by the Karl Malden character, Father Thomas Cavanaugh. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and Arnold pay a visit to Jigger, after he stops shooting at them, Eddie and Arnold approach him. Jigger is sitting in a chair and holding a shotgun on his lap and not moving. A few shots later, the shotgun is in upright position with the butt on the ground. After they look at Jigger's feet, there's no sign of the shotgun so he must be holding it on his lap, again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Walter: [reading a letter] To the loving O'Brien family. It has been brought to our attention that the remains of a Mrs. Patricia O'Brien have yet to be excavated. Please make arrangements immediately.
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Crazy Credits

John Tuell special thanks See more »

Connections

References Ballet mécanique (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

It All Depends on You
(1926)
Performed by Jackie Gleason
Written by Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva (as BG De Sylva) and Ray Henderson
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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stunningly shot, compelling
3 January 2004 | by bkeefe81See all my reviews

This film played for a criminally short time in Buffalo and of course was gone by the time I wanted to see it. I'm sure the beautifully shot, rugged western landscapes would have been great on a big screen, but unfortunately I had to settle for the video version on my 13" TV. With that said, "Northfork" is that rare and elusive bird of movies: a commercial film that is worthy of the viewer's hour and a half and doesn't manage to be insulting. Despite the career sins of Nick Nolte and Darryl Hannah in the past, don't be turned off by their presence here. They are perfect in their respective roles, Nolte as world-worn mystic and Hannah as enigmatic ghost/angel/vision. Without rehashing a plot summary (which, I might add, is somewhat inaccurate on this site), let me say that "Northfork" is a kind of delirium, alternating between the dreamlife of a dying boy and the surreal landscape of a mostly empty town, peopled only by a handful of eccentric stragglers. The central plot, as it were, revolves around a group of state-sanctioned volunteers given the task of clearing out these final hangers-on before the town is flooded. The six deputized agents, clad in black and issued identical black sedans, speak in detached, banal fragments, going about their task with an odd fatalism. Although the dialogue and cold, alien demeanor owes heavily to David Lynch, it is sure to please fans of the eclectic and bizarre like myself. The other plot strand, that of the dying boy's fever visions, is a bit heavy-handed in places, with an overkill of its clumsy angel motif, but it manages enough ambiguity and originality to avoid queasiness.

Above all else, this film has the feel of a strange dream, mired in drab shades and an undercurrent of ominous mystery. The camera work is brilliant and, despite awkward moments, the film has the feeling of a deep, cold water reservoir running beneath a landscape familiar and unreal at once.


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