Winter's Bone

September 17th, 2010

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Winter's Bone

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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.3/10 (44,277 voted)

Critic's Score: 90/100

Director: Debra Granik

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed.

Writers: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini

Jennifer Lawrence - Ree
Isaiah Stone - Sonny
Ashlee Thompson - Ashlee
Valerie Richards - Connie
Shelley Waggener - Sonya
Garret Dillahunt - Sheriff Baskin
William White - Blond Milton
Ramona Blair - Parenting Teacher
Lauren Sweetser - Gail
Andrew Burnley - Baby Ned
Phillip Burnley - Baby Ned
Isaac Skidmore - Baby Ned
Cody Brown - Floyd
Cinnamon Schultz - Victoria
John Hawkes - Teardrop


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 17 September 2010

Filming Locations: Branson, Missouri, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $84,887 (USA) (13 June 2010) (4 Screens)

Gross: $13,831,503 (Worldwide) (21 April 2011)

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Did You Know?

The lowest grossing film nominated for Best Picture since The Dresser

Revealing mistakes: FLIPPED SHOT: When the sheriff first talks to Ree, the neighbor walks past a truck to eavesdrop. The truck's logo and license plate are reversed, as if in a mirror.

[first lines]
Ree: [waking her] Ashlee Dawn...
Ashlee: Hmmm?
[to her brother]
Ashlee: Wake up...

User Review

Haunting, Grim, but somehow Optimistic

Rating: 10/10

Winter's Bone is about a 17 year old girl name Rolly Dee set out to find her father who put their house for his bailbond and then vanishes. If she doesn't find him, her family will be turned out to the Ozarks. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.

Let me, just begin by saying this movie is perfectly acted. Jennifer Lawrence gives an Oscar Worthy performance as Rolly Dee. I was surprised how excellent she was, because I was sceptical of her in the "The Bill Engvall" show. But she turned me to a believer and boy, she can REALLY act. Her performance actually surpasses some of Meryl Streep's performances. Hopefully the Academy will recognize her and give an Oscar nomination or maybe even a win! The film is well directed by Debra Granik and is easily her best work yet. She definitely has potential to become the "new" Kathryn Bigelow. Anyways the film is really bleak and powerful, but it still has a tone of hopeful in it. Very interesting and mesmerizing movie to watch. It is a bit slow at times, but trust me it never gets boring or dull.

10/10 Highly recommended.

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