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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 »

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

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... Ray Eddy
... Lila Littlewolf
... T.J.
... Trooper Finnerty
... Jacques Bruno
... Ricky
... Guy Versailles
John Canoe ... Bernie Littlewolf
Dylan Carusona ... Jimmy
Michael Skye ... Billy Three Rivers (as Michael Sky)
... Pakistani Mother
... Pakistani Father
Azin Jahanbakhsh ... Pakistani Dealer
Jack Phillips ... Pakistani Baby
James Phillips ... Pakistani Baby
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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 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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Desperation knows no borders.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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5 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Río helado  »

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

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When crossing the river for the first time, the car drives down a ramp with trees to the side. Leaving the river at the other side of the crossing, the same trees are visible. See more »

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Pakistani Baby: Are you a stone?
Velma - Ticket Taker: No. But I think you are a stone.
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #6.2 (2009) See more »

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Introducing Melissa Leo
5 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

How extraordinary to find a forty-something actress you've never seen or heard about before and being blown away by her. Her name is Melissa Leo and I believe she is here to stay. She gives the most powerful performance I've seen all year. She managed to slip into my subconscious and I find myself thinking about her (about her character) as I do someone I truly care about. That in itself is a major achievement. A first time director, Courtney Hunt, gives this character and this actress a remarkable space to breath and grow. The gelid landscape envelopes the desolate story but there is a human warmth devoid of sentimentality that makes "Frozen River" a welcome rarity. Moving, suspenseful, not to be missed.


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