North Country


2h 6m 2005

Brief Synopsis

When Josey Aimes returns to her hometown in Northern Minnesota after a failed marriage, she needs a good job. A single mother with two children, she turns to the predominant source of employment in the region--the iron mines. The mines provide a livelihood that has sustained a community for generati

Film Details

Also Known As
Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson, Untitled (Niki Caro Project), affaire Josey Aimes
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Cole Gittinger
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Minnesota, USA; New Mexico, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Synopsis

When Josey Aimes returns to her hometown in Northern Minnesota after a failed marriage, she needs a good job. A single mother with two children, she turns to the predominant source of employment in the region--the iron mines. The mines provide a livelihood that has sustained a community for generations. It's an industry long dominated by men, in a place unaccustomed to change. Encouraged by her old friend Glory, one of the few female miners in town, Josey joins the ranks of those laboring to blast ore from rock in the gaping quarries. She is prepared for the back-breaking and often dangerous work, but coping with the harassment she and the other female miners encounter from their male coworkers proves far more challenging. The last thing the miners want is women competing for scarce jobs--women who, in their estimation, have no business driving trucks and hauling rock anyway. When Josey speaks out against the treatment she and her fellow workers face she is met with resistance--not only from those in power but from a community that doesn't want to hear the truth, her disapproving parents and many of her own colleagues who fear she is only making things worse. In time, even her friendship with Glory will be tested, her already difficult connection with her father, a lifelong miner, will be pushed to its limit and elements of her personal life exposed to scrutiny. The fallout from Josey's battle to make a better future for herself and her children will affect every aspect of her life, including her relationship with her young daughter and her sensitive teenage son, who must first cope with the embarrassment of his mother's sudden notoriety and then face harsh details of her past she was hoping he would never have to know. Through these struggles Josey will find the courage to stand up for what she believes in--even if that means standing alone.

Crew

Aleah Ames

Costumer

James Apted

Assistant Camera

Tammy Ashmore

Makeup Artist

David C Avery

Special Effects Technician

Petra Bach

Adr Editor

Dana Baker

Best Boy

Jamie Baker

Foley Editor

Michael Ballard

Set Production Assistant

Liza Bambenek

Assistant Camera

Kris Barberg

Set Production Assistant

Helen Bartlett

Executive Producer

David Bellamy

Song

Alan Berger

Set Production Assistant

Carla Bingham

Source Material

Billy Bonifield

Assistant Production Coordinator

Brent Brewington

Boom Operator

Deanna Brigidi

Casting Assistant

Danny Joe Brown

Song

Judith Brown

Tutor

Sabrina Calley

Costumer

John C Cameron

Assistant Property Master

David Richard Campbell

Original Music

Kim Carnes

Song Performer

Kevin E Carpenter

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Kam Chan

Foley Editor

Dorsey Claybourne

Office Production Assistant

Doug Claybourne

Executive Producer

Doug Claybourne

Unit Production Manager

Robert Corlew

Production Secretary

Scott Cosgrove

Stunts

Carrie Cossalter

Assistant

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

David Coulson

Editor

Bruce Crump

Song

Mac Davis

Song Performer

Mac Davis

Song

Michael Dellheim

Location Manager

Jackie Deshannon

Song

Jay Duerr

Music Editor

Eric Durst

Visual Effects Supervisor

Bob Dylan

Song

Bob Dylan

Song Performer

Emily Egge

Office Production Assistant

Timothy Grant Engle

Assistant Director

Nicole Erdman

Production Associate

Cindy Evans

Costume Designer

Katherine Evenson

Office Production Assistant

Nicole Fadden

Office Production Assistant

Sonia Farrell

Assistant

Lena Fennema

Stunts

Chris Fielder

Assistant Sound Editor

Mali Finn

Casting Director

Ramona Fleetwood

Hair Stylist

Carol Ellison Fleming

Assistant Editor

Cassandra Flueger

Assistant

Valerie Flueger

Associate Producer

Valerie Flueger

Post-Production Supervisor

Richard Foreman

Photography

John A Frick

Set Designer

Toni G

Makeup Artist

David Galbraith

Assistant Camera

John Galvin

Song

Laura Leedy Gansler

Source Material

Ken P Garcia

Medic

Eugene Gearty

Sound Effects

Daniel J Geiger

Assistant Editor

Claire Gerety-mott

Assistant

Kurt W Gersmer

Medic

Cole Gittinger

Cable Operator

Stephen Gorman

Video Assist/Playback

Nana Greenwald

Executive Producer

Molly Bridget Gubbins

Craft Service

Richard Hankes

Office Production Assistant

Nicole Hansen-solum

Special Effects Technician

Mark Har

Assistant Location Manager

Sally J Harper

Makeup Artist

Joni Hathaway

Costumer

Bruce Hauer

Transportation Coordinator

Anne Healy

Location Manager

Kelly Rae Hemenway

Scenic Artist

Alisa Hensley-lane

Stunts

Hank Herrera

Rigging Grip

Steven Hintz

Special Effects Foreman

Joel Hobbie

Special Effects Technician

Erik Hodge

Assistant

Greg Hooper

Art Director

Richard Hoover

Production Designer

Eric D Howell

Stunt Coordinator

Steve Humphrey

Transportation Captain

Bobby Ingram

Song

Jai James

Set Production Assistant

Jaclyn Jardine

Office Production Assistant

Vicki Jenkins

Costumer

Chris Joehnk

Rigging Gaffer

Anne Johns

Production Coordinator

Linden Johnson

Accounting Assistant

Marty Jurek

Set Production Assistant

Jeremy Kalin

Set Designer

Julie Kaupa

Set Production Assistant

Gideon Keith

Titles

Joanna Kennedy

Script Supervisor

Mike Kennedy

Transportation Captain

Frank Kern

Foley

Anibal Kerpel

Music Arranger

Kristen Kogler

Office Production Assistant

Beth Kono

Assistant

Leo Kottke

Song Performer

Denise Kum

Makeup Artist

Kathleen Latlip

Assistant Editor

Al Laverde

Key Grip

Adruitha Lee

Hair Stylist

Daryl C Lefever

Production Accountant

Michael Lindquist

Assistant Camera

Steve Litecky

Chief Lighting Technician

David A Livingston

Office Production Assistant

Brad Lokkesmoe

Set Production Assistant

Bobby Mackston

Music Editor

Christina Mahoney

Office Production Assistant

Jennifer Mancuso

Office Production Assistant

Duane 'dc' Manwiller

Steadicam Operator

Duane 'dc' Manwiller

Camera Operator

Leroy Marinell

Song

Tom A Mariucci

Set Production Assistant

Geoffrey C Martin

Special Effects Coordinator

Lori Mccoy-bell

Hair Stylist

Ravi Mehta

Production Accountant

Chris Menges

Director Of Photography

Chris Menges

Steadicam Operator

Chris Menges

Camera Operator

Dan Mercer

Titles

Mike Moad

Dolly Grip

Carlos A Montoya

Set Production Assistant

Greg T Moon

Makeup Artist

Daniela Moore

Costume Supervisor

Branka Mrkic-tana

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Peter L Mullin

Consultant

James Murphy

Special Effects Technician

Paul Murphy

Special Effects Technician

Sam Murphy

Special Effects Technician

Brett A Myrick

Special Effects Technician

Dan Neff

Set Production Assistant

Igor Nikolic

Assistant Sound Editor

Scott Nordhausen

On-Set Dresser

Kevin Obsatz

Set Production Assistant

Chemen Ochoa

Assistant Director

Lisa Parmet

Key Costumer

David Parr

Set Production Assistant

Tom Paxton

Song

Steve Pederson

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Patricia Perkins

Craft Service

Gary Petersen

Special Effects Technician

Gabrielle Petrissans

Set Designer

Cat Power

Song Performer

Karyn Rachtman

Music Supervisor

David Rapaport

Casting Associate

Jeremy Renner

Song Performer

Marcus Ringrose

Titles

Billy Roberts

Song

Bruce A Robinson

Assistant Camera

Shawn Robinson

Stunts

Duane Roland

Song

Chase Romero

Office Production Assistant

Andy Rumple

Costumer

Claire Sandrin

Set Costumer

Gustavo Santaolalla

Music

William Sarokin

Sound Mixer

Valerie Schneider

Office Production Assistant

Jeff Schoen

Set Designer

Wiley Schott

Set Production Assistant

Jason P Schumacher

Special Effects Technician

Kurt R Schumacher

Special Effects Technician

Eddie Schwartz

Song

Rusty Schwimmer

Song Performer

Michael Seitzman

Screenplay

Liv Selinger

Art Department Coordinator

Allen Sides

Music Scoring Mixer

Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer

Brian Sobaski

Painter

Jeff Stampfer

Special Effects Foreman

Rowan Stanland

Assistant Location Manager

John Stearns

Chief Lighting Technician

Peter Tosti Stephenson

Set Decorator

Nicolas Stern

Production Supervisor

Janet Stirner

Key Costumer

Philip Stockton

Supervising Sound Editor

Faith Strongheart

Set Production Assistant

Karen Svobodny

Assistant

Ryan Tallant

Office Production Assistant

Liz Tan

Assistant Director

Dyanna Taylor

Director Of Photography

George Thorogood

Song

Tim Trella

Stunt Coordinator

Dave Underhill

Set Production Assistant

Craig R Uszak

Special Effects Technician

Tony Velasco

Set Costumer

Nadia Venesse

Dialect Coach

Steve Visscher

Foley Editor

Matt Vorderbruggen

Song

Waddy Wachtel

Song

Hugh Waddell

Adr Supervisor

Film Details

Also Known As
Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson, Untitled (Niki Caro Project), affaire Josey Aimes
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Cole Gittinger
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Minnesota, USA; New Mexico, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

2005
Charlize Theron

Best Supporting Actress

2005
Frances McDormand

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 21, 2005

Released in United States on Video February 21, 2006

Inspired by the book "Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law" written by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler; published by Anchor October 14, 2003.

Nicole Kidman was previously interested in the project. Other names mentioned for the lead included, Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger and Jennifer Connelly.

Released in United States Fall October 21, 2005

Released in United States on Video February 21, 2006