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Frozen River [DVD] [2008]

Melissa Leo , Misty Upham , Courtney Hunt    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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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 (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HMTUE6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,347 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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DVD bonus features include exclusive interviews with writer-director Courtney Hunt and Oscar-nominated actress Melissa Leo, stills gallery and theatrical trailer.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping real life 11 Nov 2009
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb slice of American independent cinema. 12 April 2010
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb drama 9 Nov 2009
I was absolutely touched by this sad story..The main role interpretation by Melissa Leo is extraordinary. This is a small independent film , but beautifully directed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely first class drama 20 Jan 2011
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 7 Nov 2009
A powerfully unflinching tale of two women, who, driven by economic hardship, form an unlikely partnership smuggling illegal immigrants across the Canadian border.Real character driven film that I loved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Is Not A Wonderful Life 10 Jun 2013
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good. And a bit gritty too!!!!
Published 13 hours ago by felicity johns
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
I saw this on BBC and I had to see it again. A master stroke of film making.
DVD arrived right away and was exactly as described.
Published 5 months ago by artful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Astonishing Lead Performance
The story of the lengths a mother will go to to provide for her children doesn't sound like the most entertaining premise for a film. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Richard Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Understated, Powerful, Real
This 2008 film written and directed by first-time director Courtney Hunt is a relatively slow-moving, atmospheric and evocative tale of a segment of US society (an underclass, if... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Keith M
1.0 out of 5 stars Tortuous ...
A woman driving around on a frozen river ... turned off within 45 minutes and had an exciting, well paced cup of tea, perhaps I missed the trick but could not endure.
Published 17 months ago by HoHaCaboodle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
I think it's much harder to review movies than cookbooks because movies are much more subjective in their purpose... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by K. Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and enthralling
Gripping film, with very engaging characters. The relationship between the two main characters is well crafted and both actors are superb. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2011 by Angelbythewater
4.0 out of 5 stars Melissa Leo Gave A Brilliant Performance
After Kate Winslet this is one of the second best performances of the year from Melissa Leo. Such an incredible film and really very convincingly true. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by frodo2010
4.0 out of 5 stars A small film with a huge performance
Quentin Tarantino thought this was 'the most exciting thriller I've seen this year' which is rich coming from someone whose films are getting increasingly bloated and... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2010 by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars didn't think it would be for me - wrong again.
This is a great film. I bought it on the basis of the reviews as many reviewers on Amazon provide a useful guide as to quality in my view. Some are mad mind so use your loaf. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2010 by misfit
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