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North Country (2005)


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North Country is a American drama film directed by Niki Caro, starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson, and Sissy Spacek. The screenplay by Michael Seitzman was inspired by the 2002 book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler, which chronicled the case of Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Company.

In 1989, Josey Aimes flees from her abusive husband back to her hometown in northern Minnesota with her children, Sammy and Karen, and moves in with her parents, Alice and Hank. Hank is ashamed of Josey, who had Sammy as a teenager by an unknown father, and believes Josey is promiscuous. While working a job washing hair, Josey reconnects with an old acquaintance, Glory Dodge, who works at the local iron mine and suggests Josey do the same, as a job there pays six times more than what Josey’s making now. Josey’s pursuit of the job further strains her relationship with Hank, who also works at the mine and believes women shouldn’t be working there, so she and her children move in with Glory and her husband, Kyle.

Josey quickly befriends several other female workers at the mine and soon realizes the women are constant targets for sexual harassment and humiliation by most of their male co-workers, who, like Hank, believe the women are taking jobs more appropriate for men. Josey in particular is targeted by Bobby Sharp, her ex-boyfriend from high school.

Director: Niki Caro

Writers: Michael Seitzman (screenplay), Clara Bingham (book), Laura Leedy (book)

Stars: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson


Charlize TheronJosey Aimes
Thomas CurtisSammy Aimes
Elle PetersonKaren Aimes
Frances McDormandGlory
Sean BeanKyle
Woody HarrelsonBill White
Jeremy RennerBobby Sharp
Richard JenkinsHank Aimes
Sissy SpacekAlice Aimes
James CadaDon Pearson
Rusty SchwimmerBig Betty
Linda EmondLeslie Conlin
Michelle MonaghanSherry
Brad William HenkeLattavansky
Jillian ArmenantePeg
Amber HeardYoung Josey
John AylwardJudge Halsted
Xander BerkeleyArlen Pavich
Corey StollRicky Sennett
Cole WilliamsYoung Bobby
Bryan FagerstromMac
Chris MulkeyEarl Slangley
Arron ShiverYoung Male Doctor (as Aaron Shiver)
Clif StokesGood Guy
J.D. GarfieldPorta Guy #1 (as JD Garfield)
Boots SoutherlandGuy #2
John HardmanGuy #3
Forrest NorgaardMac’s Buddy
Sage CoyStacey
Marcus ChaitWayne
Dennis E. GarberReal Estate Agent
Alex LaytonNumber 3
Jacqueline WrightBobby’s Wife
Catherine CampionStacey’s Mom
Tom BowerGray Suchett
David LislegardUnion Member #1
Kurt PetersonUnion Member #2
Pete PellinenUnion Member #3
Bruce BohneUnion Member #4
Todd AndersonSemen Man
Kit GwinLarynx Nurse
Patrick McDowellPriest (as Monsignor Patrick McDowell)
Raye BirkTom Motel Clerk
Sally WingertKay Stollman
Katherine FerrandSally Bullavina
Curtis PlaggeBurly Miner
Marc MilesDigger Driver
J.C. CutlerUnion Rep #1
Gus LynchPete Union Rep
Mark SivertsenBailiff #1
Rand KennedyBailiff #2
Sawyer ClarkBoy in hockey rink parking lot
Ricardo AndresMiner, Hockey Game Spectator (uncredited)
Wendi AndresHockey Game Spectator (uncredited)
Michael CookHockey Fan (uncredited)
Harp CorriganTJ’s Bar Patron / Miner / Juror (uncredited)
Charles Dowdy IIIJuror (uncredited)
Kyle FallsHockey Game Guest, Bar Patron, Plant Worker (uncredited)
Angela KostelizMine Worker (uncredited)
Brent LambertBar Patron (uncredited)
Jonathan LaneBar Patron (uncredited)
Kayla LaursenHockey Game Spectator (uncredited)
Debbie LetteauHockey Game Guest (uncredited)
Gerard MaloneyJuror (uncredited)
Mike MillerMine Official (uncredited)
John F. MollardHockey Fan / Union Member (uncredited)
Robert OzaskyMiner (uncredited)
Christine RapsysHockey Fan (uncredited)
Matt RasmussenMiner / Hockey Fan (uncredited)
Chloe RussellUpset Woman in Clinic (uncredited)
Ron SmithSteel Workers Union Member (uncredited)
Troy StarrSteel Workers Union Member (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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