Frozen River

Synopsis: Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women - one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances - are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Ray and Lila - and a New York State Trooper as opponent in an evolving cat-and-mouse game.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Courtney Hunt
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 37 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Are they

here yet?

Hey, little sleepy head.

Because I'm ready.

You really are ready,

aren't you?

Whoa, whoa!

Wait a second! Your coat!

We're all ready for you.

Just need that balloon

payment to unload.

We have it. It's just they

called Troy from Titus last night.

The ski place?

Do you have

the $4,372 or not?

It was some emergency

with the lift.

And he just took

off out of here

without thinking,

with the money.

Completely forgot

you were coming.

So as soon

as he gets back...

When's he getting back?

When you come with the other half,

I'll have it.

You don't get the other half

until I get the cash.

This is the second time

you've dragged me out here.

If you can't come up

with it by Christmas,

you've lost your

$1,500 deposit.

Look, Mr. Versailles,

I've got a good job

at Yankee One Dollar.

They're probably going to make

me manager right after Christmas,

so I can definitely

make the payments

if you just leave

the house.

Just call me when you have

the balloon payment.

I'll call you.

Where are

they going?

I'll get it back.

I promise.

You got to get

ready for school.

You're going to

miss the bus.

I can get a job,

you know.

You're 15, T.J.

They won't ask

any questions.

You're finishing school.

Mom, you think

we can make a living

on what you make

at Yankee Dollar?

You're going to school.

I bet I could make

more than you do.

Where's Daddy?

He'll be back.

Aren't we even

going to look for him?

I'm going to work,

and you're going to school.

What, that's it?

Where did he go?

On a business trip.

When is he coming home?

I don't know, Ricky.

I can't believe you're not

even going to look for him.

Where? Where do I look?

The reservation!

He's probably

in Atlantic City by now.

The glove compartment,

that was so stupid.

You're going to school.

There you go.

Hey. Lunch money.


Go on. You're going

to miss the bus.

Oh, f*ck.

Your next number,

under the O, 66.

Your next number is B8.

Thank you.

You're listening to

C- Tribe Radio all day long,

number one for music

and information.

Joining me once again is Kenny.

Good morning, Kenny.

Good morning, and

number one for entertainment, as well.


You know, one of the things I like

talking about is local entertainment,

and it seems like the Johnson

boys are getting back together,

and it looks like

they're gonna be doing

a performance over

at the St. Patrick's Church...

Fill it up?

No. Just three...

Two, three, four.

$2.74, please.


No, make that $7.74.


Did you see a Dodge Spirit

in here last night? Dark green?

Spirit? No.

But I only worked

until 9:

You can try asking inside,

if you want.

No, that's okay.

Have a nice day.

... are made by the

children, and the gifts are only $5.


It's all about the kids.

Yeah, it's all

about the kids. All the time.

And also...

Thank you.

Afternoon session

is over.

The next session

starts at 6:

I don't want to play.

I just need to look

around for a second.

You have to pay the $5.

Look, I'll stand

at the door.

I won't even go inside.

I just need to see

if my husband's in there.

You have to pay

the admission.

He's gambling away

the money for our house.

What does he look like?

Long, brown hair.

Tall. Skinny.


No. He's not in there.

Can I just look?

Lady, I just told you,

he's not in there.


Hey! Hello! Hey!

That's my car.

What are you doing

with my car?

That? I found it.

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Courtney Hunt

Courtney Hunt (born 1964) is an American director and screenwriter. Her debut feature film, Frozen River, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. more…

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