North Country

Synopsis: 1989. Josey Aimes takes her two kids, Sammy and Karen, and leaves her abusive husband Wayne, to return to her northern Minnesota home town. On a chance meeting with her old friend Glory Dodge who works as a driver and union rep at the mine operated by Pearson Taconite and Steel, Josey decides to work at the mine as well, work that is dominated by men in number and in tone. She does so to be able to stand on her own two feet for the first time in her life, something she probably could not have done if she remained in a job washing hair at a beauty salon. Working at the mine does not sit well with her father, Hank Aimes, who also works at the mine and who, like the other male workers, believes she is taking a job away from a man. Hank has believed that all Josey's problems are of her own doing, ever since she, unmarried, had Sammy while she was still in high school. Josey has always stated that she does not know who Sammy's biological father is, which fosters Hank's attitude about her. A
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Niki Caro
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

- Lady, you sit in your nice house...

- Karen.

...clean floors, your bottled water,

your flowers on Valentine's Day...

...and you think you're tough?

Wear my shoes. Tell me tough.

Work a day in the pit, tell me tough.

I'm sure we're all sufficiently impressed,

Mrs. Aimes.

There is no "Mrs." here.

- No. I didn't go to the police.

- What did you do?

What I had to.

- Karen, stop crying. Sammy, let's go!

- It's just gonna piss him off some more.

Look at my face.

Don't toss shoulders at me!

Sammy, goddamn it!

It's okay, it's okay. Okay, come on.

Come on, come on. You can do it, baby.

There you go. Good girl.

Who's a good girl, huh?

We're not coming back, right?

Come on.

Hey, Mom.

- Oh, dear God.

- I'm fine, I'm okay.

Say hi to your grandkids.

Oh, for heaven's sake.

Look at you beauties.

Hi, Grandma.

You working nights?


...he catch you with another man?

Is that why he laid hands on you?

You're really asking me that?

This wasn't the first time

you'd disappointed your father, was it?

Wasn't the first time

he disappointed me either.

How old were you

when you had your first child?

Here you go.

Bobby Sharp!

I'm gonna beat you good.

Come on, you wanna blow out of here?

Who is Sammy's father?

I don't know who Sammy's father is.

Is that because you've had

so many sexual partners?

The body of Christ.

The body of Christ.

The body of Christ.

Always was a beauty, your girl.

Boys, cut it out!

Poor Alice. That girl has been nothing

but trouble for her since day one.

Got two kids with two

different fathers already.

- Heck of a shame.

- Those kids are just...

...gobbling up my crispy bars.

Nobody makes them better.

I don't know what you put in those

things, but it just can't be legal.

Oh, yeah. Everybody seems to like them.

Ah, probably on a bender when he did it.

What I figured.

So you take him out to the shed,

give him a talking to. They'll work it out.

I mean, hell, Beth left me a dozen times

before we worked out the kinks.

Did she?

How did you first hear that Pearson

Taconite and Steel was hiring women?

- Wanna lean back there?

- Okay.

Oh, my... Glory?


No way. Josey? No way!

Look at you, all grown up.

Yeah, all grown up, washing hair.

And married? Who's the lucky?

Oh, jeez.

Okay. Who's the unlucky?

Me, I suppose.

You're a crap storyteller.

You left out the part where you tell

all his friends he likes to wear your panties.

How about I tell them the truth?

Beats his wife. Bad enough, ain't it?

- You weren't kidding. You're good.

- So I'm back living with my folks.

Only now I got

two more mouths to feed.

The mine's hiring, you know.

What do you even do up there?

You a secretary?

No. I drive truck.

- You drive truck?

- Yours truly, first woman ever.

Now, isn't that a heck of a...?

That's weird.

Money isn't weird, I'll tell you that much.

Going for gold.

Shouldn't have put down the beer.

Balance. Everybody knows, can't throw

darts without a beer in the other hand.

Would a soda work?

Nope. Dart knows.

That's why it's never gonna be

an Olympic event.

They don't allow drinking.

Why don't we buy the girls

another round and test the theory?

Maybe later. Okay?

Jeez, Glory.

You come working up at the mine,

you gotta ignore that crap.

Who says I'm working at the mine?

Wouldn't you like to make the same

kind of money your dad does?

You wanna be a lesbian now?

I wanna be a lesbian.

How come I have to eat

if I'm not hungry?

Because people are starving in China.

People are starving right here.

Clean plates, both of you.

I haven't made a decision yet.

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Michael Seitzman

Michael Seitzman (born November 1, 1967) is an American writer, producer and film director best known for film North Country. more…

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