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North Country (2005)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 202139562
UPC: 012569593398
UPC 14: 00012569593398
Category Keywords: Injustice  Justice  Theatrical Release  True Story
Rating: Game Rating Code
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When Josey Aimes (Academy Award winner 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.

"Authentic, honest, amazingly powerful and moving. Don't miss it.  Richard Roeper/Ebert & Roeper
"One of the most powerful films of the year.  Jeffrey Lyons/NBC
"Two thumbs way up.  Ebert & Roeper
"Insightful and thought-provoking. An incredible film.  Brooke Anderson/CNN
"Hands down the best movie this year. A film of staggering power and emotion.  Clay Smith/The Insider
"Another nomination for Charlize Theron.  Joel Siegel/Good Morning America

Editor's Note
This melodrama for the modern age is based on the true story of the first successful sexual harassment case in America. Niki Caro's (WHALE RIDER) inspirational tale traces one woman's determined struggle for independence and equality in a male-dominated environment--a struggle that set a precedent for improved working conditions for women across the country. Charlize Theron plays Josey Aimes, a young mother of two who has just left her abusive husband and returned home to live with her parents (Sissy Spacek and Richard Jenkins). Reconnecting with her old friend Glory (Frances McDormand), she learns of a well-paid job at the mines that would allow her a modicum of independence for the first time in her life. But Josey soon finds out about the drawbacks to the job, as the men mount a war of escalating cruelty against the women, who are expected to "take it like a man." Dildos in lunch boxes, obscene graffiti, and a harrowing episode in a Porta-Potty are just some of the indignities the women have to suffer in silence. Finally, Josey is pushed too far and decides to fight back, but she finds herself hard-pressed to find allies willing to sacrifice their bread and butter. Vilified by her former friends, increasingly abused by male colleagues, and estranged from her son and also from Glory, Josey nonetheless decides to sue the company. She is aided by exiled New York lawyer and former local sports star Bill White (Woody Harrelson). As in all successful melodrama, good and evil are clearly marked, with the powerful corporation and the male workers the unmitigated bad guys. However, this makes Josey's courage and strength, as well as the scope of what she accomplished, stand out in even starker contrast.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Digital Surround, English, French, Spanish Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/29/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 126 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 59339
Video UPC UPC: 00012569593398
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charlize Theron
Video Cast Info Sean Bean
Video Cast Info Linda Edmond
Video Cast Info Elle Peterson
Video Cast Info Sissy Spacek
Video Cast Info Thomas Curtis
Video Cast Info Jillian Armenante
Video Cast Info Jim Cada
Video Cast Info Frances McDormand
Video Cast Info Brad Henke
Video Cast Info Michelle Monaghan
Video Cast Info Rusty Schwimmer
Video Cast Info Woody Harrelson
Video Cast Info Richard Jenkins
Video Cast Info Marjorie Monaghan
Video Cast Info Nick Wechsler - Producer
Video Cast Info Helen Buck Bartlett - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Seitzman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Doug Claybourne - Producer
Video Cast Info Jeff Skoll - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info David Coulson - Editor
Video Cast Info Nana Greenwald - Producer
Video Cast Info Valerie Flueger - Producer
Video Cast Info Gustavo Santaolaya - Composer
Video Cast Info Niki Caro - Director
Video Cast Info Chris Menges - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"Theron plays Josey with an honorable slow-burn weariness..." -- Grade: B 10/28/2005 p.60-61

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"NORTH COUNTRY could be this generation's NORMA RAE....[A] stirring tale of female empowerment, set in the harsher regions of the American heartland." 11/01/2005 p.101

USA Today
"NORTH COUNTRY conveys what it's like to be a small-town social pariah and to fear for yourself in the workplace. It even says a little something about the refuge and sanctity of a neighborhood tavern." 10/21/2005 p.3E

4 stars out of 5 -- "Caro successfully captures a sense of community dynamic, and contrasts the forbidding landscape with Josie's inner resolve." 03/01/2006 p.126

Sight and Sound
"Charlize Theron gives a compelling performance....Theron is never anything but believable." 03/01/2006 p.70-71

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Theron is quietly impressive here....[With] strong support from Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand..." 07/01/2006 p.118

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Theron,Charlize
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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