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Winter's Bone (2010)

Jennifer Lawrence , John Hawkes , Debra Granik  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (654 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes
  • Directors: Debra Granik
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (654 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EYVXTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,685 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Winter's Bone" on IMDb

Special Features

• Audio Commentary with Director Debra Granik
• Deleted Scenes
• Making of Winter's Bone
• Music Video " Hardscrabble Elegy," Performed by Dickon Hinchliffe
• Theatrical Trailer

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Family loyalty and self-reliance take on whole new meanings in this dark story of one family's desperate struggle to survive in the Ozark woods of southern Missouri. Day-to-day life is tough in the economically depressed, unforgiving harsh rural landscape that's home to the extended Dolly clan, but it's made much tougher thanks to their history of cooking crank and deep involvement in the local drug culture. For Jessup Dolly and the other men of the family, looking out for oneself has become the first priority. Seventeen-year-old Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) has been caring for her mentally ill mother and her two younger siblings while her father runs from the law. Ree has been managing OK, but when the sheriff shows up with news that her father has put the house up as bond collateral and is unlikely to show for his court date, things get desperate. Ree is well aware of the family code of silence, but desperation forces her to confront her relatives in search of her father, regardless of the personal consequences. One by one, Ree's relatives refuse to help, protecting themselves even at the cost of one of their own. This is a dark, often violent film that doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of the manic drug culture permeating some rural areas of the South. It is intense, emotional, and extremely effective: it is at times simultaneously uncomfortable to watch and paradoxically riveting. Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, and Dale Dickey deliver phenomenally powerful performances and are completely believable in their respective roles. While this official selection in the dramatic film competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival doesn't align well with many of the details in the Daniel Woodrell novel on which it's based, what is absolutely faithfully rendered is the overwhelming sense of resolute self-reliance, complete desperation, and intense, yet distorted family loyalty. --Tami Horiuchi

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17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. 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. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, Winter's Bone is the winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize.

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342 of 365 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crank's ravages revealed June 22, 2010
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As crack cocaine is to inner cities and alcohol is to Indian reservations, so methamphetamine is devastating rural white communities across the United States. WINTER'S BONE, set in the remote Ozark Mountains, hauntingly depicts this plague. The story focuses on 17-year-old Ree Dolly, whose father has disappeared after putting up the family home as bail collateral. Unless she can find him, Ree and her younger brother and sister will be without a roof over their heads.

Ree's father is a "cooker" and her mother has been driven into a catatonic state. Ree is on her own in the hostile, clannish, and male-dominated community where she stumbles from trailer to trailer in her frantic search. Crank's ravages are everywhere, in the gaunt and grim faces, the harsh and sudden violence, the cruelty and hopelessness. Her father's only brother, Teardrop (flawlessly played by John Hawkes), holds a spoonful of the white powder out to her and asks, "Gotten the taste for it yet?" "Not yet," she recoils.

Aside from the down-home soundtrack, Winter's Bone is not easy to watch. Its gritty realism never lets up. The characters look like they climbed from Dorothea Lange's Depression and Dust Bowl images, only with a touch of meth-induced paranoia added to the hunger and despair. The dialogue is sparse, and not once in 100 minutes do we hear laughter or feel much hope for Ree's future. What makes it all bearable is the strength and determination of Ree, movingly played by 19-year-old Jennifer Lawrence.

Winter's Bone is winning awards and earning rave reviews. The acclaim is well deserved. To achieve authenticity, director and co-writer Debra Granik and her team spent two years immersing themselves in the local community.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
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In American movies, we don't often see how we really live, but you will in Winter's Bone, and you don't need to have had a rough childhood in the back woods for this movie to make you feel the grittiness and glory of life -- or for you to know, like you would know how to find your bed in the dark, that this is probably the best movie you will see this year. And maybe longer.

Winter's Bone, directed by Debra Granik, was adapted from a novel by Daniel Woodrell. It was made in the Ozarks, often in the homes of the people who live there. Shot digitally on a mingy budget, it could pass for state-of-the-art Hollywood --- just raw and unvarnished, like Hollywood never is.

The story is simple; this is a straightforward thriller. Ree's father, Jessup Dolly, was busted a while back for cooking methamphetamine. To make bond, he put up his family's house and 300 acres of virgin timber. Now his court date is a week away --- and he's nowhere to be found. The local lawman drives out to warn Ree that the Dollys are in danger of losing their home.

Ree's mother has suffered a breakdown and is of no help, either in caring for her children or finding her husband. That puts her daughter --- already burdened by the need to look after her younger brother and sister --- on a mission. And don't think for a minute she'll quit, even though her quest is a walk on a knife edge; she can't turn in her father, all she can do is ask for help in finding him so she can talk to him. And the only people who can help her? His relatives. Some of them make the most addictive drug on the planet. All of them don't understand why she can't remember she's a Dolly --- "bred and buttered," as she says --- and just stop. As they say, "Talking just causes witnesses.
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129 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The early front runner for 2010 Best Picture June 20, 2010
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Adapted from the novel by Daniel Woodrell, WINTER'S BONE immediately sparked comparisons to last year's Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker. Both films received limited runtime in theaters. But I must say this is by far the superior movie in just about every aspect imaginable, unless you count overwrought machoism, slanted anti-war sentiments, and explosions as a category. Don't get me wrong, The Hurt Locker was a decent film for what it was. But it won't leave the kind of lasting impression like this story will.

When you hear the word "backwoods", you might get the immediate impression of inbred, buck-toothed hillbillies wearing overalls and drinking moonshine. This story doesn't succumb to exploiting certain exaggerated stereotypes just to grab your attention. But these characters are definitely a little rough around the edges, to say the least.

Filmed in the Ozarks of Missouri, this is a simple but riveting dramatic tale about family, danger, and perseverance. Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) is a 17-year-old girl forced to grow up way too fast. With her mother desperately ailing and her father somewhere hiding from the law, she struggles to support her younger brother and sister. To make matters worse, a bail bondsman notifies her that her dad put up their home as his bail bond, then skipped out on court. In order to track her father down, Ree is forced to enter a seedy, violent realm of paranoid drug pushers and users. Many of them happen to be distant family members. Family ties or not, none of them are too anxious to help her out. The risks and desperation mount as she inches closer to the truth.

The best part of this film is the character development and the acting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is Jennifer Lawrence's breakout role. She shows her exceptional range at such a young age and ability to carry a film aimed at a wide audience.
Published 2 days ago by Carl Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough, gritty rural girl delivers
This was a super film. (I'm not sure, but was this Jennifer Lawrence's debut film?) Great acting and beautifully filmed, one gets a sense of the desperation and poverty of rural... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stephen Armstrong
3.0 out of 5 stars Winter's Bone
First I'm a little biased with my love of Jennifer Lawrence. The movie kind of dragged on for me, walking to woods, visiting who know's
who. What dialogue was there was OK. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Hard of Hearing
5.0 out of 5 stars its cheap but its not bootleg
amazon had this Blu-ray disc and the price was great! I saw part of this movie on Lifetime, but switched to winegard flatwave 5500-A amplified antenna (which I love! Read more
Published 9 days ago by zane
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a good movie
This is one of the very few movies I had an inkling to watch more than once. It is well made and acted so, who knows, I may even watch it a third time!
Published 11 days ago by Hans Mouritzen
4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of poverty, heartbreak and hope
After reading tons of glowing reviews of this movie, and being a fan of Jennifer Lawrence, I decided to sit down and finally watch. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good take on the ripple effects of poverty
Jennifer Lawrence is a beast, there's really no other way to describe her. I like how the plot transitioned into multiple layers as the film progressed. Well done!!
Published 15 days ago by Charles Cheek
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This was a realistic movie that probably happens more that we think. Jennifer Lawerence did a great job in this movie!
Published 15 days ago by RAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, contemporary, very good story, well-acted
This movie gives us a look at the lives of meth sellers and poor folks in the Ozarks. We see the overarching influence of poverty in peoples' lives, both meth dealers who even in... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Alexander G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
I watched this film on television and was very impressed. The plot was simple, the acting superb especially Jennifer Lawrence. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Hans Dieter Wulf
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