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Year: 2003
USA: Paramount Classics
UK: Metrodome Distribution
Cast: James Woods, Nick Nolte, Claire Forlani, Duel Farnes, Mark Polish, Daryl Hannah, Graham Beckel, Josh Barker, Peter Coyote, Jon Gries, Robin Sachs, Ben Foster, Anthony Edwards, Marshall Bell, Kyle MacLachlan, Michele Hicks, R J Burns, Clark Gregg, Eli Kaufman, Josh Olsen
Director: Michael Polish
Country: USA
USA & UK: 103 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for brief sexuality
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language, sex reference and mature theme
USA Release Date: 11 July 2003 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 12 March 2004


In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist.

The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a new hydroelectric project. The town's rugged plains are going to drown, its Heartland houses will be swept away and its citizens are heading for higher ground. With the exception of a few stoic resistors.

Now a team of six trench-coated men has been charged with removing the last few stragglers before it is too late. As the Evacuation Committee spreads out across Northfork, they encounter a group of people not quite ready or willing to leave. They are each in limbo. Some are looking for a sign. Others are hoping for a miracle. Yet, one way or another, they will all have to say goodbye.

Among these tenacious individuals are a lustful young couple, a man who has built an Ark (complete with a pair of wives), and a frail orphan whose fevered visions have led him to believe he's the lost member of an ancient herd of roaming Angels calling him home.

Northfork is a beguiling story of loss and resurrection, about adjusting to the strange new places towards which we sometimes find ourselves heading. Blending surrealism and history, the film is spun in the manner of an American fairy tale that tackles such themes as land, life, faith, death, the afterlife and the power of dreams with a distinctively playful touch.

Northfork is the latest installment from the Polish Brothers, who previously won acclaim for TWIN FALLS IDAHO and JACKPOT, the first two films in a series about America's Heartland - and the country's shifting dreams and visions. The film is directed by Michael Polish and written and produced by Mark Polish and Michael Polish. Paul Mayersohn and James Woods are the executive producers.

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