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Following their super-quirky filmsTwin Falls IdahoandJackpot, the Polish brothers take a leap of faith with their third picture,Northfork. And it pays off handsomely. Somewhere in the desolate Midwest, the town of Northfork is about to be drowned in the waters held back by a new dam. It's up to a group of men (in identical black suits and fedoras) to clear out the last stubborn landowners. Meanwhile, a deathly ill boy bargains with a delegation of heaven-sent searchers--at least that's what they seem to be. Is thisFargomeetsTouched by an Angel? That's the peculiar feel of this otherwise unclassifiable movie, which veers from academic artiness to wacky blackout humor. Who can explain the restaurant where diners must guess the lone menu item? And who would want to? James Woods and Nick Nolte lead a game cast through this oddly winning enterprise.--Robert Horton
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CastGraham Beckel, Nick Nolte, Clark Gregg, Marshall Bell, Peter Coyote, James Woods, Daryl Hannah, Robin Sachs, Ben Foster, Anthony Edwards, Claire Forlani, Kyle MacLachlan, Jon Gries, Mark Polish, Duel Farnes, Josh Barker, Michele Hicks, Douglas Sebern
DirectorMark Polish, Michael Polish
Genre:  Drama
Release Date:  July 11, 2003
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterMark Polish, Michael Polish
Runtime:  1hr 34min
Studio:  Paramount
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review by . March 06, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Imaginative storyline, cinematography, characters      Cons: Lots of loose ends, not for viewers who require tidy endings.      The Bottom Line: This is a fable and a lachrymose for a town destroyed for the sake of a dam. The story is not tidy, so if that is a requirement, avoid.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      Northfork a 2003 creation of the Polish …
review by . August 12, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Northfork  NORTHFORK. Just the name of this jewel of a film provokes some of the more interesting responses from those who take the time to review and share their thoughts and responses on Amazon.com's invaluable forum. That the movie ignites such polar feelings sort of says it all: this movie is one of the great ones.Mark and Michael Polish have found their own language in writing this fable: they have obviously observed in the dark theaters the works of Fellini, Resnais, Tim Burton, …
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