Frozen River

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  97 min.
Release Date: August 22, 2008 (limited)
DVD: February 10, 2009

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Cast: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O’Keefe, Mark Boone Jr.


In a real-life smuggling zone on a Native American reservation between New York State and Quebec, the lure of fast money presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be making minimum wage.

Strapped for money and deserted by her husband, working class Ray (Melissa Leo) reluctantly teams up with Lila (Misty Upham), a widowed Mohawk Indian, to smuggle illegal immigrants across the frozen St. Lawrence River from Canada to the U.S. in the trunk of a Dodge Spirit. Both women swear each trip will be their last, but one final run across the river leads to a showdown with the law on all sides.

Director: Courtney Hunt
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Chip Hourihan, Heather Rae
Screenplay: Courtney Hunt
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