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Frozen River (2008)

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Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »

Director:

Courtney Hunt

Writer:

Courtney Hunt
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Leo ... Ray Eddy
Misty Upham ... Lila Littlewolf
Charlie McDermott ... T.J.
Michael O'Keefe ... Trooper Finnerty
Mark Boone Junior ... Jacques Bruno
James Reilly ... Ricky
Jay Klaitz ... Guy Versailles
John Canoe John Canoe ... Bernie Littlewolf
Dylan Carusona Dylan Carusona ... Jimmy
Michael Skye Michael Skye ... Billy Three Rivers (as Michael Sky)
Gargi Shinde ... Pakistani Mother
Rajesh Bose ... Pakistani Father
Azin Jahanbakhsh Azin Jahanbakhsh ... Pakistani Dealer
Jack Phillips Jack Phillips ... Pakistani Baby
James Phillips James Phillips ... Pakistani Baby
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Storyline

Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women - one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances - are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Ray and Lila - and a New York State Trooper as opponent in an evolving cat-and-mouse game. Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

Desperation knows no borders.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Chinese | Urdu | Mohawk

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Río helado See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,234, 3 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,508,841, 15 March 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,028,957, 31 December 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ray Eddy's name is spoken once. See more »

Goofs

When the state trooper checks out at Yankee Dollar, Ray tells him the total is $3.76. Over his shoulder, a sign on the wall that says that all items are $1.00. At the time, the sales tax in St. Lawrence County, which includes Massena, was 7%, so the total should've been $3.21. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Lila Littlewolf: Count it.
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Referenced in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »

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"Fargo" meets "A Christmas Carol"
13 October 2008 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

Life ain't easy for Ray. She may have had it good, but now she's got it rough. Two kids. Gambling runaway husband. Working at the Yankee Dollar. On the icy brink of the unforgiving upstate New York wilderness. Living in a trailer. The best thing she can even think of is a bigger trailer. Bottles on bottles of bubble bath she may never open hold the promise of better days that may never break. That's how bad it is. Along comes Lila. In many ways, she has it even worse than Ray: living in an even tinier trailer, estranged from her family, bad eyes, out of work. But she is also a small-time player in the well-oiled trafficking industry, bringing aliens into the US from Canada. Desperate for a little extra cash to buy that bigger trailer, Ray gets involved. At first sight, writer-director Courtney Hunt's debut is as depressing as they come. But beneath rough surfaces, there is also hope. In fact, the many acts of love and kindness are all the more surprising given how hard life is on these people. Just when you think they hit rock bottom, a bona fide miracle comes their way. Says Lila: "That wasn't me. That was the hand of the creator." It may be a broken Halleluja, but it's a Halleluja all the same. - Fine performances all around. Sundance and Hamburg Film Festival winner.


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