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  • Actors: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe
  • Directors: Courtney Hunt
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Axiom Films
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HMTUE6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress Melissa Leo & Best Original Screenplay Courtney Hunt), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and described by Quentin Tarantino as -the most exciting thriller I ve seen this year- FROZEN RIVER has been acclaimed as one of the best American debuts this decade. Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) finds herself at wits end after her gambler husband disappears with the down payment on their new home. When an offer to transport cargo across the Canadian border presents the opportunity to make some easy money, Ray has little idea that her actions will place her life in danger and threaten her family s future. Featuring a stunning central performance by Melissa Leo, writer/director Courtney Hunt s film is a riveting thriller that raises questions about the borders we construct, between countries, communities and each other. SPECIAL FEATURES: Interview with writer/director Courtney Hunt plus more TBC

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Evans on 11 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
You have to see this film - perfect antidote to Hollywood pap. It really takes you there, in a way that even otherwise top films like Slumdog Millionaire don't quite manage. The suspense as she attempts one last run to make the final payment on her mobile home is terrific. And great performances by the kids, particularly TJ. My only quibble is a technical one - the night scenes are so dark, it's hard to make out what's going on. But a great human story that propels you to a brilliant climax.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2010
Format: DVD
Drama derived from characters in desperate situations are not exactly unusual but very rarely are they done as well as Frozen River. Courtney Hunt who writes and directs ( and also earned an academy nod for the Screenplay ) gave the film the tagline "Desperation knows no borders." which plays obviously on the characters state of affairs but also neatly ties in with a major part of the plot.
Frozen River is set in a small town on the New York/Canadian border. Within this town is a Mohawk Indian reservation that straddles the St. Lawrence River and extends into Canada. You can enter the reservation in America, drive through it, cross the titular frozen river, drive through the other half of the reservation, and exit in Canada -- and thus circumvent the normal border-crossing regulations. Local cops keep a vigilant eye just outside the reservation's boundaries, but as long as you don't give them any reason to be suspicious they have no reason to stop you and check your trunk/boot to see if you've smuggled something across the border.
That being pertinent because Ray ( Melissa Leo ) a struggling mother of two kids with a part time job in a thrift shop has been left in the lurch by her gambling addicted husband who has run off with the money they had saved in order to buy a new more luxurious condo , replacing the crappy one they currently exist in. Then she meets Lila (Misty Upham), a young Mohawk woman who lives in an even smaller trailer on the reservation . Lila has procured the car left by Rays runaway husband but she knows how to earn money transporting immigrants across the border from Canada to the United States, hiding them in a car's trunk and taking advantage of the reservation's abnormal geography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
"Frozen River" is a fascinating tale about people smuggling on the US-Canadian border that has a spark of originality rarely seen these days in the cinema. Ray is a phlegmatic mother,abandoned by her gambler husband a week before Christmas. Desperately trying to make the payments for her family's new home , she hooks up with a Mohawk Indian woman who introduces her to the lucrative but dangerous world of human trafficking. The pair cross the eponymous "Frozen River" into Canada to collect their cargo and the lure of easy money entices them into making it a regular occurrence. However can they keep one step ahead of the law on both sides of the border and avoid capture ? This film is well acted and intriguing ,portraying ordinary people struggling to make ends meet .It is well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
A cool chill pervades this film, `Frozen River'. The town of Mesena in upstate New York, on the other side of the St Lawrence River that leads to Canada, has that grey ,wintery feel that you see on the faces of the people trying to keep their families alive. The only entertainment seems to be the Bingo House on the Mohawk Indian Reservation. This is a depressed, tough town, there is no feeling of joy or well being. I was tense throughout this film, and it is tough to shake the feel.

Melissa Leo, plays `Ray' a tough minded woman who accepts her fate and asks for no sympathy. She is a suddenly single mother. Her husband took the funds they had saved for a double wide trailer, gambled it away and left town. He left her with two sons, aged 15 and 5, a part time job at Lucky Dollar and a broken down trailer on the edge of town. Ray spends her time fighting to put food on the table and to keep the debtors out of her hair. Dinner before payday is popcorn and Tang.

But Ray has grit, she meets a young Mohawk woman, Lilly, who talks and then shows her a smuggling deal, driving across the frozen St Lawrence with illegal aliens in the trunk. The land is Indian, and the white man cannot arrest anyone on this land. There is the state police on the highway into town, but they don't stop white women. The overt racism against Indians is quite apparent and real. The money is good, $1200 a run. Too good to pass up and soon Ray and Lilly are on several runs. Money to pay for the large flat screen television, TV dinners,maybe the double wide and presents for Christmas. TJ, Ray's son, wants to leave school and help support them, but Ray is adamant that her children obtain an education. And, besides his job is to care for his brother, Ricky. There is love and respect in this family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynette Fox on 20 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was attracted to this film by the reviews on Amazon altho' the distributor's description of it as a 'thriller' almost put me off - making me think it would be the usual Hollywood formula. How wrong I was. It is one of the best films I have seen in a long time - an impressive debut for its woman director. All the characters play their parts beautifully, the locations are great and the plot intensely believable. I would describe this as a drama with suspense rather than a 'thriller'. At various points in the film you find yourself thinking disaster is about to strike - and the conclusion has a twist that I did not foresee. Oh for more intelligent films like this.................
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