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At Theaters: 10/21/2005 On Video: 2/21/2006
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 6 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 459924
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Josey needs a good job after a failed marriage. She joins the ranks of the miners but finds she and the other female miners encounter harassment from their male coworkers. When Josey speaks out against the treatment she and her fellow workers face, she is met with resistance. Josey decides to speak up for the truth, even if you has to do it alone.
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Drama - This is a serious drama about a real-life case of sexual harrassment. The film is aimed toward older adults, particularly women. There are rough scenes of harrassment, rape, abuse, so it is not for especially sensitive viewers.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Charlize Theron HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, MONSTER, THE ITALIAN JOB
Frances McDormand SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, CITY BY THE SEA
Sean Bean FLIGHTPLAN, THE ISLAND, NATIONAL TREASURE
Richard Jenkins FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, SAY IT ISN'T SO
Jeremy Renner S.W.A.T.
Michelle Monaghan MR. AND MRS. SMITH, IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
Woody Harrelson THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE OHIO
Sissy Spacek THE RING TWO, TUCK EVERLASTING, IN THE BEDROOM
Director: Niki Caro WHALE RIDER
Producer: Nick Wechsler FIERCE PEOPLE
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Production Notes Heading
The Simple Beginnings of a Life-Changing Journey
Lives Touched & Challenged by Josey
A Commitment to Authenticity
Capturing The Look
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PROFANITY: 12 F-words,6 S-words, 7 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: A rough rape; constant sex talk; sexual drawings.
VIOLENCE: A rough rape; men harrassing women.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good North Country is not a perfect motion picture, but it is stirring and emotionally forceful and, while that may not make it an Oscar contender, it makes it worth a trip to the multiplex.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Excellent 'North Country' is one of those movies that stir you up and make you mad, because it dramatizes practices you've heard about but never really visualized.

USA Today Full Review
Good The milieu here is unforgiving, which makes fighting for basic rights important. You get a sense of why Bob Dylan — who performs on this soundtrack — wanted to bolt this frigid part of the map.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 165 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
7
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
9
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
18
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
53
High
94%
30+Adults (F)
78
High
99%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 165 moviegoer opinions. Great opinions. It's easy to see that most enjoyed "North Country" very much. It's a little skimpy on the "Fantastic" opinions and there are a few somewhat low opinions, but overall your probability of enjoying "North Country" is high.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When Josey Aimes (CHARLIZE THERON) returns to her hometown in Northern Minnesota after a failed marriage, she needs a good job. A single mother with two children to support, she turns to the predominant source of employment in the region - the iron mines.

The mines provide a livelihood that has sustained a community for generations. The work is hard but the pay is good and friendships that form on the job extend into everyday life, bonding families and neighborhoods with a common thread.

It's an industry long dominated by men, in a place unaccustomed to change.

Encouraged by her old friend Glory (FRANCES McDORMAND), one of the few female miners in town, Josey joins the ranks of those laboring to blast ore from rock in the gaping quarries. She is prepared for the back-breaking and often dangerous work, but coping with the harassment she and the other female miners encounter from their male coworkers proves far more challenging.

Times are tough. The last thing the miners want is women competing for scarce jobs - women who, in their estimation, have no business driving trucks and hauling rock anyway. If these newcomers want to work the mines they'll have to do it on the terms set by the veteran workforce and it won't be easy. Take it or leave it. When Josey speaks out against the treatment she and her fellow workers face she is met with resistance - not only from those in power but from a community that doesn't want to hear the truth, her disapproving parents and many of her own colleagues who fear she is only making things worse. In time, even her friendship with Glory will be tested, her already difficult connection with her father, a lifelong miner, will be pushed to its limit and elements of her personal life exposed to scrutiny. The fallout from Josey's battle to make a better future for herself and her children will affect every aspect of her life, including her relationship with her young daughter and her sensitive teenage son, who must first cope with the embarrassment of his mother's sudden notoriety and then face harsh details of her past she was hoping he would never have to know.

Through these struggles Josey will find the courage to stand up for what she believes in - even if that means standing alone.

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