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North Country (2005)

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A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States, Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.

Director:

Niki Caro

Writers:

Michael Seitzman (screenplay), Clara Bingham (book) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Josey Aimes
Thomas Curtis Thomas Curtis ... Sammy Aimes
Elle Peterson ... Karen Aimes
Frances McDormand ... Glory
Sean Bean ... Kyle
Woody Harrelson ... Bill White
Jeremy Renner ... Bobby Sharp
Richard Jenkins ... Hank Aimes
Sissy Spacek ... Alice Aimes
James Cada James Cada ... Don Pearson
Rusty Schwimmer ... Big Betty
Linda Emond ... Leslie Conlin
Michelle Monaghan ... Sherry
Brad William Henke ... Lattavansky
Jillian Armenante ... Peg
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Storyline

1989. Josey Aimes takes her two kids, Sammy and Karen, and leaves her abusive husband Wayne, to return to her northern Minnesota home town. On a chance meeting with her old friend Glory Dodge who works as a driver and union rep at the mine operated by Pearson Taconite and Steel, Josey decides to work at the mine as well, work that is dominated by men in number and in tone. She does so to be able to stand on her own two feet for the first time in her life, something she probably could not have done if she remained in a job washing hair at a beauty salon. Working at the mine does not sit well with her father, Hank Aimes, who also works at the mine and who, like the other male workers, believes she is taking a job away from a man. Hank has believed that all Josey's problems are of her own doing, ever since she, unmarried, had Sammy while she was still in high school. Josey has always stated that she does not know who Sammy's biological father is, which fosters Hank's attitude about her. ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

All She Wanted Was To Make A Living. Instead She Made History.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences involving sexual harassment including violence and dialogue, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Class Action See more »

Filming Locations:

Chisholm, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,422,455, 23 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,324,242, 8 January 2006
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After Play It to the Bone (1999), Woody Harrelson avoided major roles for almost five years. He credits this as one of the movies that re-energized his career. See more »

Goofs

When Josey fills her truck with gas near the start of the film, the sign behind her shows a price of $1.71 per gallon. In winter 1989, US gas prices were $.90-$1 per gallon. According to the US Department of Energy, Minnesota gas prices did not reach that level until April 2001, and not again until April 2004. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Josey Aimes: [testifying] Lady, you sit in your nice house, clean floors, your bottled water, your flowers on Valentine's Day, and you think you're tough? Wear my shoes. Tell me tough. Work a day in the pit, tell me tough.
Lawyer: I'm sure we're all sufficiently impressed, Mrs. Aimes.
Josey Aimes: There's no "Mrs." here.
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The Warner Bros. logo plays but with no music. See more »

Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: North Country (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Paths of Victory
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Cat Power
Courtesy of Matador Records
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A Very Moving Tale of Overcoming Challenge, Doing What's Right
13 September 2005 | by JamesterSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to view this to a packed house at the Toronto International Film Festival with the director (Niki Caro of Whale Rider fame) present this morning. I really liked this movie and recommend it whole-heartedly -- especially but not exclusively for anyone familiar with Niki Caro's previous work, Whale Rider. With clarity and context, it illustrates a fictional account of how a woman stands up for what she believes is right while working in a mine in northern Minnesota.

The director tells a very moving tale and does so carefully with all the right points put in to keep the story tight. We see illustration after illustration of the life that the main character experiences. You understand what the character experiences, and you are there with the character's struggles -- not only mentally, but the anguish she also finds in family, parents, and friends. You're pulled in watching, experiencing, hoping and for me, quietly rooting for the lead character. This really connected me to the story -- something very important, especially for this type of movie.

Also, seeing this movie in 2005 decades after what 'really happened' heightened my appreciation of this film. It let me at once understand the significance of how a relatively short period of time surrounding a woman's life changed not only her life, but how its effects have rippled throughout the US and other countries. But what really humanizes the story is how family and surrounding people react, support, and interact. This is key. Without this, the story would be flat. Some great choices were made in capturing the heart in this story.

Beautifully shot, well-told, and well-done all-around by a strong cast.


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