Northfork (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Visually poetic, but may be too dramatically inert for some.

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What was once a brave frontier town has become a haven for enlightened oddballs in this unusual drama from director Michael Polish, written in collaboration with his twin brother, Mark Polish. Northfork is a small town in Montana which, in 1955, is soon to disappear in the name of progress; a massive hydroelectric dam is to be put in nearby, which will flood the entire village. A group of six men sent by the power company -- led by Walter O'Brien (James Woods) and his son Willis (Mark Polish) -- arrive in Northfork to evacuate the few remaining residents. If the men are successful, they'll each be given parcels of land on the banks of the new lake which will be where Northfork once stood. Most of the townspeople have already left, but a few remain, among them Father Harlan (Nick Nolte), a man of the cloth who is caring for Irwin (Duel Farnes), a strange, scarred boy apparently on his deathbed, and a handful of enchanted eccentrics who have taken over a local bar, including Flower Hercules (Daryl Hannah), Cup of Tea (Robin Sachs), Happy (Anthony Edwards), and Cod (Ben Foster). As Walter and Willis try to persuade the stubborn stragglers to move on, Walter must search for a new final resting place for his late wife, whose coffin is the last to be relocated after Northfork's cemetery is dug up. Northfork received its world premier at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Rating: PG13 (for brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Michael Polish , Mark Polish
Written By: Michael Polish , Mark Polish
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

James Woods
as Walter O'Brien
Mark Polish
as Willis O'Brien
Nick Nolte
as Father Harlan
Daryl Hannah
as Flower Hercules
Robin Sachs
as Cup of Tea
Jon Gries
as Arnold
Claire Forlani
as Mrs. Hadfield
Clark Gregg
as Mr. Hadfield
Michele Hicks
as Mrs. Hope
Marshall Bell
as Mr. Stalling
Josh Olson
as Mr. Young
Julie Macalister
as Mrs. Young
Saralyn Sebern
as Mrs. Stalling No.1
Ginny Watts
as Mrs. Stalling No.2
Rick Overton
as Rudolph
Perry Hofferber
as Mr. Pillsbury
Steve Kramer
as Radio Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Northfork

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (37)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 19, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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For me, the Polish brothers marched down a road leading nowhere.

August 7, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A compelling juxtaposition of the poignant and the bizarre, a movie that tosses moviemaking rules into the nearest Cuisinart.

August 7, 2003
Arizona Republic
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For those on its peculiar wavelength, everything fits. For those who aren't, it's a painful piece of self-impressed drivel. Either way, you'll know you've been to the movies.

Full Review… | August 2, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's a tone poem of a movie, more visual than coherent. As such, what it's about is less important than the spell it casts.

August 1, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Northfork

½

In 1955, officials try to convince reluctant residents of Northfork, Montana (one of who has built an ark) to leave before the town is flooded by new dam construction; meanwhile, a dying orphan meets a ghostly family and tries to convince them to take him with them. The mildly surreal Big Sky spirituality here may be too dry to inspire as intended, but it does set a unique and thoughtful mood.

Greg S
Greg S

What the Hell was I watching. Two Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

"There's nothing fowl about these wings"

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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