Theatrical Release: November 19, 2003
DVD Release: December 30, 2003


It’s 1955, and the town of Northfork, Mont., is about to disappear off the map, the victim of a newly constructed dam. Six men are charged with clearing Northfork of its last hangers-on: a couple, a man who owns an ark and a nearly comatose orphan. Acclaimed filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish deliver another movie mining the drama of America’s changing fortunes.

Dove Review

This movie is basically supposed to be about Northfork, Montana, in 1955 and how that six men have to get rid of some hangers on in order to make room for a dam. Northfork has been around since 1776 but appears to be doomed. Unfortunately, the film is almost hopelessly impossible to follow. It goes from a dying orphan who claims to be an angel, to a group of people staying in a local house who wonder if he is telling the truth or not. One member of the group has two wooden hands and a female member has several safety pins pinned to her head. Some of these things receive no explanation at all which makes the movie hard to follow. At one point it snows in the house although there is no hole in the roof! Another example of a strange occurrence in the film takes place when the priest says he can’t forgive his faith with no further explanation as to what he means. The boy also claims to have had angel wings which were clipped but they are found to be duck, duck and goose feathers (get it?). If this film is supposed to be a game, I didn’t find it to be funny. One wonders if part of it is meant to be true, symbolic, or the hallucinations of story tellers who were a bit out of it when they wrote the plot.

At any rate, the film has strong language and partial female rear nudity during a sex scene and we cannot award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal as a family-friendly movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing; a couple (we don't know if they are married or not) begin making love with clothes on but man touches woman's rear and they are interrupted; "screwing around" comment; a scene in which young adults kiss.
Language: D-4; SOB-3; J/JC-2; G/OMG-2; Oh Lord-1; S-1; H-2; H-as a location-1; Butt-1; Holy Cow-1
Violence: One man shoots at two men in a car and busts out their windshield; belongings thrown through window; man has nailed his feet to porch; boy's back is scarred from something being removed.
Drugs: Chewing tobacco; a needle is seen and man accidentally receives shot.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless boy; partial female rear nudity during a sex scene.
Other: Scriptures are quoted about the flood and rainbow; priest acts very bizarre; Christian songs; enigmatic comment saying we are all angels and it is what we do with our wings which counts; the topic of death.


Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Writer: Michael and Mark Polish
Director: Michael Polish
Producer: Michael and Mark Polish
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 105 min.
Starring: Peter Coyote, Anthony Edwards, Daryl Hannah, Duel Farnes, Nick Nolte.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter