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North Country (2005)

February 26th, 2012     12:45 pm

Director: Niki Caro
Writers: Michael Seitzman (screenplay), Clara Bingham & Laura Leedy (book)
Nationality: US
Genre: Drama
Release year: 2005
Running time: 126 min
Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)
Other Stars: Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner and Frances McDormand
Character: Amber Heard is Young Josey Aimes
Release Date: USA – 21 October 2005
Rated: R


A semi-fictionalized account of a long legal battle of group of women miners who endured a hostile work environment and numerous and continuous insults and unwanted touching when they became the first women to go work at the Eveleth Mines in Minnesota.

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– The lawsuit which inspired this film was settled in 1998, 10 years after it was first filed and over 20 years after the harassments began.

– Some of the women standing up in the last courtroom scene were real plaintiffs.

– The movie is based on the case: Jenson v. Eveleth Mines and is reported in the book: Class Action. The Josey Aimes character was in real life a woman named Lois Jenson who went to work for the mines in 1975 and endured 13 years of harassment before filing her first legal complaint of sexual harassment. By the time she received compensation from the company (in 1999) her children were all grown up and she had been forced to quit working because she was too disabled to work (as a result of harassment). She was raped and had a son, but it wasn’t when she was in high school. It was when she was older.

– Lois Jenson’s had two children — as did Josey Aimes. But, she put her daughter up for adoption when she was a toddler because Lois was overwhelmed trying to raise two children on her own, in low paying jobs. Lois’ father supported her decision to work in the mine because he thought it would help her be able to provide for her son.

– All of the incidents of harassment depicted in the movie actually did occur to various women. The incident where a porta-pottie is tipped over with a woman miner inside happened twice. The incident where a miner ejaculated onto a woman miner’s clothes in her locker occurred three times. Many more incidents of harassment occurred than could be shown in a 2 hour movie.

Filming locations

Chisholm, Minnesota, USA

Eveleth, Minnesota, USA

– Garson Studios, College of Santa Fe – 1600 Saint Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (Interiors)

Iron Range, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Silver City, New Mexico, USA

Virginia, Minnesota, USA

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