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North Country (2005)

R | | Drama | 21 October 2005 (USA)
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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.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Josey Aimes
Thomas Curtis ... Sammy Aimes
... Karen Aimes
... Glory
... Kyle
... Bill White
... Bobby Sharp
... Hank Aimes
... Alice Aimes
James Cada ... Don Pearson
... Big Betty
... Leslie Conlin
... Sherry
... Lattavansky
... Peg
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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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All She Wanted Was To Make A Living. Instead She Made History.

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Drama

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

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21 October 2005 (USA)  »

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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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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Charlize Theron, Sissy Spacek, and Frances McDormand; and three Oscar nominees: Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson, and Richard Jenkins. See more »

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The nets behind the cage above the glass at the hockey rink were not in use in 1989. 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 »

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Features Alice (1976) See more »

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Shake The House Down
Written by Danny Joe Brown, Bruce Crump, John Galvin, Bobby Ingram, Duane Roland and Riff West
Performed by Molly Hatchet
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Well done and thought provoking movie!
14 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see North Country last night in Boston with several of my friends. While this movie may not be the best for some survivors of sexual harassment/assault because of the graphic nature of some scenes, I found this movie to be tastefully done and respectful to the sensitive nature of this case. I have come away from this movie with an even greater drive to work towards the rights of women. Situations like these have improved, but they are still out there. The three main actresses did a phenomenal job in the movie, and I do not think the film would have been as successful if Charlize Theron, Sissy Spacek, and Frances McDormand had decided to not be involved in this project. This film was powerful, thought provoking, and also showed magnificent beauty even in the most desolate of places and heartbreaking conditions. I rarely ever purchase movies, but this is one I would not only see when it is released in October, I would purchase it as well.


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