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North Country (2005)



Critic Consensus: Though sometimes melodramatic and formulaic, North Country is nonetheless a rousing, powerful story of courage and humanity.

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This true story centers on Lori Jenson, who took a job at a Minnesota iron mine in 1975. She and other female miners endured harassment from male co-workers, ranging from verbal taunts to pornographic graffiti and worse. Jenson eventually filed suit in 1984 and won a landmark legal decision.

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Charlize Theron
as Josey Aimes
Elle Peterson
as Karen Aimes
Thomas Curtis
as Sammy Aimes
Woody Harrelson
as Bill White
Jeremy Renner
as Bobby Sharp
Richard Jenkins
as Hank Aimes
Sissy Spacek
as Alice Aimes
James Cada
as Don Pearson
Rusty Schwimmer
as Big Betty
Elizabeth Peterson
as Karen Aimes
Linda Emond
as Leslie Conlin
Amber Heard
as Young Josey
John Aylward
as Judge Halsted
Xander Berkeley
as Arlen Pavich
Corey Stoll
as Ricky Sennett
Brad William Henke
as Lattavansky
Cole Williams
as Young Bobby
Chris Mulkey
as Earl Slangley
Aaron Shiver
as Young Male Doctor
Arron Shiver
as Young Male Doctor
Clif Stokes
as Good Guy
J.D. Garfield
as Porta Guy No. 1
John Hardman
as Guy No. 3
Forrest Norgaard
as Mac's Buddy
Sage Coy
as Stacey
Dennis E. Garber
as Real Estate Agent
Alex Layton
as Number 3
Jacqueline Wright
as Bobby's Wife
Catherine Campion
as Stacey's Mom
Tom Bower
as Gray Suchett
David Lislegard
as Union Member No. 1
Kurt Peterson
as Union Member No. 2
Pete Pellinen
as Union Member No. 3
Bruce Bohne
as Union Member No. 4
Todd Anderson
as Semen Man
Kit Gwin
as Larynx Nurse
Raye Birk
as Tom Motel Clerk
Sally Wingert
as Kay Stollman
Katherine Ferrand
as Sally Bullavina
Curtis Plagge
as Burly Miner
Marc Miles
as Digger Driver
J.C. Cutler
as Union Rep No. 1
Gus Lynch
as Pete Union Rep
Mark Sivertsen
as Bailiff No. 1
Rand Kennedy
as Bailiff No. 2
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Critic Reviews for North Country

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (50)

Frances McDormand, as the lone female union rep, and Richard Jenkins, as Josie's angry miner dad, cut through the predictability.

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Top Critic

Yet Theron's steady performance allows you to see something in Josey that baulks at her victim status.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Theron digs into the character, unafraid to make her blemishes every bit as apparent as her virtues. It's as good a performance as a person has given all year, ample proof the stunningly beautiful South African's Academy Award wasn't a fluke.

October 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

You cannot help being stirred by the reach and depth, the constant rebuffs to sloppiness, of a strong ensemble.

October 24, 2005

Though the dirt and grime in North Country are artfully applied, it's purely cosmetic and skin-deep.

October 22, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

North Country does a good job in ratcheting up the tension and unfairness until the audience is brought to the breaking point.

October 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for North Country

A female mine worker faces brutal sexual harassment and leads the way for the first U.S. class action lawsuit in such a case. Bill Maher issued a "New Rule" when this film first came out: "New rule: Charlize Theron must be hot again." This was as he showed a picture of Theron covered in grime, a still from North Country. Isn't it ironic that she would still be seen as a sex symbol in a film that discourages seeing women as sex symbols? Such jokes - and they are not just jokes - constitute the cultural problem at the center of this slow-paced but compelling drama. The performances by Theron and Frances McDormand are fantastic, each actress able to embody both natural femininity and the masculine mask they must put on in order to function in the mine. The most compelling scene in the film is provided by Richard Jenkins, who must defend his daughter against the screaming taunts of his co-workers. But there are issues with the film. First, it delves into a few cliches along the way, including the climactic courtroom revelation, which I won't give away; suffice it to say that you won't be surprised. Second, on two occasions, the first being the Richard Jenkins scene and the second the very existence of the Woody Harrelson character, men are required to give women a voice. It seems as though the film is so self-conscious about not demonizing men that it contradicted its point by portraying men as necessary for female political and social action. Overall, North Country starkly presents a serious cultural problem that, though set in 1989, certainly resonates today.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


North Country is a terrific drama film about the first sexual harassment law suit. A harsh story the treatment of women in the Minnesota Mines. Charlize Theron gives one of the best performances of career in North Country as Josey Aimes who takes a job at a local mine and witnesses first hand the harrasment by male workers. She goes on to sue the Company and therefore make history by filling the first sexual harrasment lawsuit. Every actor gives his all in this film, and everyone gives terrific performances. North Country is a solid Drama film that shouldn't be missed.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


The true story of a female mine worker of the 70s who fought for sexual harassment laws and equality at her working place. The cast is excellent down to the smallest roles and the film's biggest asset. The direction and pace are a bit slow at times but the movie manages to keep you interested throughout anyway. There are a few scenes of brilliance, especially the ending in court is good or when Lori's father finally decides to take his daughter's side. The emphasis of the court scenes is a bit too much centered on proving that Lori was no promiscuous woman, though. It's sad enough that a question like that would matter in a case about sexual harassment, but why make it one of the main points of the film? Thankfully, this often very bleak movie gives a ray of hope in the end. Worth seeing.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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