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Directed byMichael Polish
Written byMark Polish
Michael Polish
Produced byMark Polish
Michael Polish
StarringPeter Coyote
Anthony Edwards
Duel Farnes
Claire Forlani
Daryl Hannah
Kyle MacLachlan
Nick Nolte
Mark Polish
James Woods
CinematographyM. David Mullen
Edited byLeo Trombetta
Music byStuart Matthewman
Distributed byParamount Classics
Release date
July 11, 2003 (United States)
Running time
103 minutes
Budget$1.9 million
Box office$1.6 million[1]

Northfork is a 2003 fantasy drama film directed by Michael Polish and written by Michael and Mark Polish. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2003 and later received a limited release in the United States on July 11, 2003.[2] The film stars Duel Farnes, James Woods, Nick Nolte, Michele Hicks, Daryl Hannah, Anthony Edwards, Robin Sachs, Ben Foster, Claire Forlani, Clark Gregg, Kyle MacLachlan and Peter Coyote. This is the brothers' third film collaboration, after Twin Falls Idaho (1999) and Jackpot (2001).


The film's narrative consists of several interwoven subplots taking place in the town of Northfork, Montana circa 1955. A new dam is being built which will flood the valley of Northfork, and the town is in the midst of an evacuation. The narratives focus on several individuals who, for one reason or another, have yet to evacuate.

Walter O'Brien and his son are on the evacuation team, helping to evacuate the last few inhabitants of Northfork. In return, the government will give them acres of lakeside property if they meet their evacuee quota. Father Harlan is one such individual, who has stayed behind to care for Irwin, a dying orphan too weak to leave town.

While the O'Briens and their co-workers encounter an array of unusual characters, Irwin discovers that he is the "unknown angel" through a suitcase with his angel wings in it and a Bible with an angel's feather telling his family 'story', and finds himself a family of angels in his dreams, who he makes a deal with to take him 'a thousand miles'.



Northfork received mixed to positive reviews from critics and has a rating of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 103 reviews with an average rating of 6 out of 10. The consensus states "Visually poetic, but may be too dramatically inert for some."[3] The film also has a score of 64 on Metacritic based on 31 reviews.[4]


  1. ^ "Northfork (2003) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ Northfork (2003) – Release dates
  3. ^ "Northfork". 11 July 2003. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Northfork". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 May 2015.

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