Frozen River

October 31st, 2008


Frozen River

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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...

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.2/10 (14,001 voted)

Critic's Score: 82/100

Director: Courtney Hunt

Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott

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.

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 - Bernie Littlewolf
Dylan Carusona - Jimmy
Michael Skye - Billy Three Rivers (as Michael Sky)
Gargi Shinde - Pakistani Mother
Rajesh Bose - Pakistani Father
Azin Jahanbakhsh - Pakistani Dealer
Jack Phillips - Pakistani Baby
James Phillips - Pakistani Baby

Taglines: Desperation knows no borders.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Sony [United States] |

Release Date: 31 October 2008

Filming Locations: New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $70,234 (USA) (3 August 2008) (7 Screens)

Gross: $4,028,957 (Worldwide) (2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Charlie McDermott and James Reilly, who play brothers, are, in actual life, cousins.

Factual errors: In Québec there are no license plates on the front of vehicles. However, there is a front Québec license plate mounted on the Toyota Forerunner driven in the second smuggling.

Ray Eddy: I think we need to talk about this Troy... come on out. Troy?
[shoots gun]
Ray Eddy: ... I mean it Honey.

User Review

Introducing Melissa Leo

Rating: 9/10

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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