North Country (2005)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Though sometimes melodramatic and formulaic, North Country is nonetheless a rousing, powerful story of courage and humanity.


Movie Info

This true story centers on Lori Jenson, who took a job at a Minnesota iron mine in 1975. She and other female miners endured harassment from male co-workers, ranging from verbal taunts to pornographic graffiti and worse. Jenson eventually filed suit in 1984 and won a landmark legal decision.

Rating: R (for sequences involving sexual harassment including violence and dialogue, and for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Clara Bingham, Laura Leedy, Michael Seitzman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 21, 2006
Box Office: $18.3M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Josey Aimes

as Bill White

as Hank Aimes

as Alice Aimes

as Karen Aimes

as Young Josey

as Arlen Pavich

as Young Bobby

as Lattavansky

as Porta Guy No. 1

as Stacey

as Real Estate Agent

as Union Member No. 1

as Union Member No. 2

as Union Member No. 3

as Union Member No. 4

as Kay Stollman

as Karen Aimes

as Sammy Aimes

as Bobby Sharp

as Don Pearson

as Big Betty

as Leslie Conlin

as Judge Halsted

as Ricky Sennett

as Earl Slangley

as Young Male Doctor

as Young Male Doctor

as Good Guy

as Guy No. 3

as Mac's Buddy

as Number 3

as Bobby's Wife

as Stacey's Mom

as Gray Suchett

as Semen Man

as Larynx Nurse

as Tom Motel Clerk

as Sally Bullavina

as Burly Miner

as Digger Driver

as Union Rep No. 1

as Pete Union Rep

as Bailiff No. 1

as Bailiff No. 2
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Critic Reviews for North Country

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (45)

issue movie that blatantly examines power and sexual harassment in the workplace

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
Old School Reviews

North Country is the unfortunately overly-dramatized Hollywood version of a story that has a chance at being truly important and even uplifting, but thanks to extreme heavy-handedness, ends up being mostly shrill instead.

Full Review… | April 20, 2011
ComingSoon.net

So "inspirational" it should mate with Cinderella Man and give birth to a litter of baby Oscars

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
CinePassion

The road to cinematic hell is paved with this sort of banal effort borne of bland good expectations.

Full Review… | July 21, 2009
Apollo Guide

Would have you believe it's no more complex than a playground quarrel between boys, girls, and cooties.

Full Review… | April 27, 2008
Projection Booth

While the performances are flawless, Michael Seitzman's screenplay is embarrassingly sophomoric, so much so that the film's denouement completely obliterates its feminist message.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for North Country

A female mine worker faces brutal sexual harassment and leads the way for the first U.S. class action lawsuit in such a case.
Bill Maher issued a "New Rule" when this film first came out: "New rule: Charlize Theron must be hot again." This was as he showed a picture of Theron covered in grime, a still from North Country. Isn't it ironic that she would still be seen as a sex symbol in a film that discourages seeing women as sex symbols? Such jokes - and they are not just jokes - constitute the cultural problem at the center of this slow-paced but compelling drama.
The performances by Theron and Frances McDormand are fantastic, each actress able to embody both natural femininity and the masculine mask they must put on in order to function in the mine. The most compelling scene in the film is provided by Richard Jenkins, who must defend his daughter against the screaming taunts of his co-workers.
But there are issues with the film. First, it delves into a few cliches along the way, including the climactic courtroom revelation, which I won't give away; suffice it to say that you won't be surprised. Second, on two occasions, the first being the Richard Jenkins scene and the second the very existence of the Woody Harrelson character, men are required to give women a voice. It seems as though the film is so self-conscious about not demonizing men that it contradicted its point by portraying men as necessary for female political and social action.
Overall, North Country starkly presents a serious cultural problem that, though set in 1989, certainly resonates today.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

North Country is a terrific drama film about the first sexual harassment law suit. A harsh story the treatment of women in the Minnesota Mines. Charlize Theron gives one of the best performances of career in North Country as Josey Aimes who takes a job at a local mine and witnesses first hand the harrasment by male workers. She goes on to sue the Company and therefore make history by filling the first sexual harrasment lawsuit. Every actor gives his all in this film, and everyone gives terrific performances. North Country is a solid Drama film that shouldn't be missed.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

The true story of a female mine worker of the 70s who fought for sexual harassment laws and equality at her working place. The cast is excellent down to the smallest roles and the film's biggest asset. The direction and pace are a bit slow at times but the movie manages to keep you interested throughout anyway. There are a few scenes of brilliance, especially the ending in court is good or when Lori's father finally decides to take his daughter's side. The emphasis of the court scenes is a bit too much centered on proving that Lori was no promiscuous woman, though. It's sad enough that a question like that would matter in a case about sexual harassment, but why make it one of the main points of the film? Thankfully, this often very bleak movie gives a ray of hope in the end. Worth seeing.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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