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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 37 nominations.
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Ray Eddy
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Lila Littlewolf
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T.J.
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Trooper Finnerty
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Jacques Bruno
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Ricky
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Guy Versailles
John Canoe ...
Bernie Littlewolf
Dylan Carusona ...
Jimmy
Michael Skye ...
Billy Three Rivers (as Michael Sky)
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Pakistani Mother
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Pakistani Father
Azin Jahanbakhsh ...
Pakistani Dealer
Jack Phillips ...
Pakistani Baby
James Phillips ...
Pakistani Baby
Madelyn Cross ...
Velma - Ticket Taker
Donna Jacobs ...
Evelyn Littlewoof
Trudy Rice ...
Rosalie
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Matt
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Pat (as Brittany Leborgne)
Justin Kotyk ...
Mick
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Li Wei - Chinese Woman #1
Nancy Wu ...
Chen Li - Chinese Woman #2
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Chinese Man #1
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Chinese Man #2
Joey Chanlin ...
Chinese Man #3
Kenneth Fung ...
Chinese Man #4
Brian Lashway ...
Rent-To-Own Man
Paul Borst ...
Rent-To-Own Man
Trisha M. Sky ...
Danceuses Nues Bartender
Angelina Kent ...
Danceuses Nues Dancer
Angus Curotte ...
Wolf Mart Attendant
Adam Lukens ...
Mitch
Thahnhahténhtha Gilbert ...
Little Jake
Tom Messner ...
TV Weatherman
Betty Deer ...
Mrs. Three Rivers
Scott W. Beebie ...
Surete De Quebec Officer
Gary Hemingway ...
Mobile Home Driver
John K. Vanvalkenburg ...
Mobile Home Driver
Jonathan T. Vanvalkenburg ...
Mobile Home Driver
Pat Fisher ...
Mobile Home Customer
Sherry Drinkwine ...
Mobile Home Customer
Konwenni Jacobs ...
Wolf Mart Patron
Catherine Deer ...
Wolf Mart Patron
Melissa-Jean Deer ...
Wolf Mart Patron
Patrice Jersey ...
Yankee One Dollar Patron
David Jersey ...
Yankee One Dollar Patron
Cameron Jersey ...
Yankee One Dollar Patron
Lance Delisle ...
Bingo Caller / Disc Jockey (voice)
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Bingo Parlor Worker
Darleen Thompson ...
Bingo Parlor Worker
Joe Clukey ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Nicole Clukey ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
John Conroy ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Daniel Dame ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Donnell Dame ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Donna Dame ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Summer Lynn Dame ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Natalie Dame ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Donna David ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Wilfred David ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Brittany Dennis ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Cristal Dennis ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Priscilla Dennis ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Raymond Devins ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Esther Devins ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Ruth A. Dixon ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Linda M. Dombrowski ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Hugette Dubuque ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Mary T. Favreau ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Maria Garrant ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Jacob Guerin ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Meaghan Hollo ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Larry Joiner ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Elizabeth Martineau ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Joseph McLean ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Walter E. Mooney ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Jane Mooney ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Jessica Rock ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Nancy L. Russell ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
David See ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Cecile Stone ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Sylvester Watson ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Carrie Watson ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Josie White ...
Bingo Parlor Patron
Dino ...
Thunder

Directed by

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Courtney Hunt

Written by

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Courtney Hunt ... (written by)

Produced by

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Charles S. Cohen ... executive producer
Molly Conners ... co-producer
Jenny R. Evans ... associate producer (as Jenny Evans)
Donald Harwood ... executive producer (as Donald A. Harwood)
Chip Hourihan ... line producer / producer
Jay B. Itkowitz ... co-executive producer
Laura Mehlhaff ... assistant producer
Heather Rae ... producer
Craig Shilowich ... assistant producer
Alfonso Trinidad ... associate producer

Music by

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Peter Golub
Shahzad Ismaily ... (as Shahzad Ali Ismaily)

Cinematography by

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Reed Morano ... director of photography (as Reed Dawson Morano)

Film Editing by

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Kate Williams

Editorial Department

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Marc Brown ... film output: digital intermediate
Yohance Brown ... colorist
Inhan Cho ... additional editor
Lisa Cohen ... digital film producer
Paul D'Amico ... assistant editor
John Eremic ... on-line editor
Amy Foote ... additional editor
Matthew Honovic ... additional editor
Adam Hutchison ... additional editor (as Adam Hutchinson)
Thomas Lindsay ... additional editor (as Tom Lindsay)
Ben Lombardo ... additional editor
Bill Scott ... senior color timer
Karen Lynn Weinberg ... additional editor (as Karen Weinberg)
Peggy Anne Zack ... additional editor (as Peggy Zack)
A.J. Del Cueto ... post-production assistant (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Inbal Weinberg

Art Direction by

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Brian Rzepka

Set Decoration by

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Jasmine Ballou Jones ... (as Jasmine Ballou)

Costume Design by

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Abby O'Sullivan

Makeup Department

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Brittany LeBorgne ... makeup intern (as Brittany Leborgne)
Lindsey Novotny ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Crystal Shade ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Anne Marie Dentici ... unit production manager
Cara Mia Harris ... unit production manager: pre-production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Vadim Epstein ... second assistant director
Kevin Pazmino ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Rachael Palmer Filsinger ... assistant set decorator (as Rachel Filsinger)
Joel Hager ... assistant property master
Richard Peete ... set dresser
Max Sherwood ... property master
Jory Sutton ... art department assistant (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Kevin Adams ... boom operator
Micah Bloomberg ... sound mixer
Travis Call ... audio post supervisor
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Thomas Kordos ... sound consultant: Dolby (as Thomas Kordos)
Roberto Lange ... foley engineer
Cory Melious ... re-recording mixer / sound editor
Jason Trammell ... foley artist
Tony Volante ... supervising re-recording mixer
Carlos Sotolongo ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Mark A. Brown ... digital film services (as Marc Brown)
Nicholas Daniels ... lead vfx artist
Leonardo Quiles ... visual effects supervisor: Leonardo Quiles Studios

Stunts

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Tim Garris ... stunt coordinator
Alex Kerwin ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nathan Beaman ... best boy grip
Justin Bennett ... electrician (as Justin 'Rusty' Bennett) / grip (as Justin 'Rusty' Bennett)
Jeremy Conley ... grip intern
Darren Frohlich ... electrician / grip
David Ganczewski ... best boy electric
Rob Harlow ... electrician / grip
Kate Larose ... first assistant camera
Adam Lukens ... key grip
Kristian Maynard ... second assistant camera
Dan Mazur ... electrician / grip
Reed Morano ... camera operator
Georgia Pantazopoulos ... electrician / grip
Elizabeth Stern ... electrician (as Elizabeth 'Bette' Stern) / grip (as Elizabeth 'Bette' Stern)
Waris Supanpong ... first assistant camera
Jory Sutton ... still photographer
Matthew Walker ... gaffer (as Matt Walker)

Casting Department

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Tracey Deer ... additional casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Martina Melendez ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Marlo Carroll ... assistant location manager
Craig Shilowich ... location manager

Music Department

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The Calm ... musicians: additional background music
Rachel Diabo ... musician: additional background music
Robert Dick ... musician: bass flute
Peter Golub ... musician: keyboards
Marika Hughes ... musician: cello
Shahzad Ismaily ... musician: guitars and percussion (as Shahzad Ali Ismaily)
Keri Latimer ... composer: additional music / musician: guitar and covals

Transportation Department

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Mark Tourangeau ... driver: generator truck

Other crew

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Chris Angelosanto ... production secretary
Chris Banke ... dog wrangler
Craig Bankey ... publicist: PMK/HBH
Milvia Bonacini ... assistant dubbing director: italian post-synchronized version
Austin Bourdeleau ... assistant to director
Andrew Cesana ... script supervisor
Whitney Cipkowski ... child care
Kelly Conrad ... publicity material: Oliver Russell Agency
Simon Conroy ... chef
John Dempsey ... ice technical advisor
Patrick Eaton ... key production assistant
Latoya Gay ... production assistant
Justin Halstead ... production assistant
Donald Harwood ... legal counsel (as Donald A. Harwood)
Eric Hora ... production assistant
Jameson Job ... dog wrangler
Chris Johnson ... computer support
Gary Kauffman ... legal counsel
Eric LaFranchi ... production assistant: first team
Nicholas Mayper ... medical advisor (as Dr. Nicholas Mayper)
Brendan Moore ... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Nevitt ... production accountant
Rob Plonskier ... production assistant
Pamela Preston ... production accountant
Mika Pryce ... production coordinator (as Shamika Pryce)
Desmond Racicot ... police technical advisor
Toby Robin ... publicity material: Oliver Russell Agency
Russ Stoddard ... publicity material: Oliver Russell Agency
Suzanne Trevellyan ... website design: Trevellyan Graphic Design and Marketing
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Megan Grogan ... special thanks
Kurt Lustgarten ... thanks
Louise O'Brien-Moran ... thanks

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Frozen River - Auf dünnem Eis (Germany)
  • Río helado (Spain)
  • Rio Gelado (Portugal)
  • Pagomeno potami (Greece)
  • Rzeka ocalenia (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $70,234, 03 Aug 2008

Did You Know?

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Trivia Charlie McDermott and James Reilly, who play brothers, are cousins in real life. See more »
Goofs At the beginning of the film, when the truck arrives, no snow is on the road. When the boy throws his snowball, traces of snowballs from previous takes are visible beneath the truck. When the truck leaves, the snow is gone. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor/Frozen River/Sixty Six/Swing Vote/CSNY: Deja Vu (2008). See more »
Quotes Ray Eddy: What if a trooper stops us?
Lila Littlewolf: They're not gonna stop you, you're white.
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