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Range film hits screens on Oct. 14
BY SARAH HENNING
NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
July 21, 2005
 
A big-budget Warner Bros. movie filmed on the Iron Range has a name
and a release date.
 
Titled "North Country," the film starring Charlize Theron will be released
Oct. 14, a publicist in the film company's communications office said.
 
Previously known as "The Untitled Niki Caro Project," the film is based on
the true story of women who fought sexual harassment in Minnesota's
taconite mines. Theron plays Josie Ames, a single mother who rallies
her co-workers to rise up against discrimination.
 
Hollywood stars including Theron, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson
spent half of February in Virginia and Eveleth shooting scenes for the
$20 million flick.
 
The film caused controversy for Iron Rangers, who were excited about
the economic boost from a Hollywood film but nervous about how they
would be portrayed.
 
Director Niki Caro ("Whale Rider") had a tough time choosing a name for
the film, which is inspired by the book "Class Action." Movie producers
launched a contest, asking Northland residents to help name the film.
 
Warner Bros declined to say whether the chosen title was a result of the
contest.
 
"North Country" is in post-production. At the time of filming, executive
producer Doug Claybourne ("The War of the Roses") hoped to finish it
in time for September's Toronto Film Festival.

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