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Winters Bone (2010)

  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 61,999 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 100 min
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  • IMDb page: Winters Bone (2010)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 61,999 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: Branson, Missouri, USA
  • Budget: $2,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $13,831,503(Worldwide)(21 April 2011)
  • Director: Debra Granik
  • Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Dickon Hinchliffe   
  • Soundtrack: High on a Mountain
  • Plot Keyword: Court | Bail | Neighbor | Money | Mentally Ill Mother

Writing Credits By:

  • Debra Granik (screenplay) &
  • Anne Rosellini (screenplay)
  • Daniel Woodrell (novel)

Known Trivia

  • For her role as Ree Dolly, Jennifer Lawrence had to learn how to skin squirrels, chop wood, and fight.
  • Many of the stars (including Isaiah Stone, Ashlee Thompson, and William White) and most of the extras are from the Forsyth, MO area, and had never acted before.
  • The lowest grossing film nominated for Best Picture since The Dresser
  • Sergeant Russell Schalk,who played the Army recruiter, is a real-life recruiter and combat veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division. Jennifer Lawrence asked him questions in character, and he responded as if he were talking to an actual recruit.

Goofs: 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.

Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

Story: With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area.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.Written by garykmcd  


Synopsis: Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), 17, looks after her mentally ill mother; her brother, Sonny (12); and her sister, Ashlee (6). She daily makes sure they are fed, dressed, and off to school, and teaches them basic survival skills such as hunting and cooking. Her father, Jessup, a meth-cooker, hasn’t been home for a long time and his whereabouts are unknown.

The local sheriff shows up and tells Ree that Jessup is due to be in court in a week, cannot be found, and has put their house and property up as collateral for his bail. If he doesn’t show up for his trial, they will lose it all. Determined to find him, dead or alive, Ree doggedly questions her father’s relatives and associates, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it or get hurt. Even her father’s brother, Teardrop (John Hawkes), tells her that Jessup has probably been silenced for talking with the authorities.

Undaunted, Ree pushes on and after a week’s time, when her father does not show for his trial, Ree once again tries to speak to the region’s patriarch, Thump Milton (Ronnie Hall). Because she had been warned not to return, Ree is brutally beaten by three women of the clan to teach her a lesson. When Thump and the rest of the clan show up, Ree remains defiant but pleads her case for keeping their house, saying that she is responsible for her sick mother and 2 young siblings. If her father is not found, whether dead or alive, the bond will be forfeited, and her family will be forced "out into the woods." Teardrop shows up to rescue her. He confronts Thump and the rest of the Milton clan, and assures them that he means them no harm and will take responsibility for his niece and any further actions by her. Thump is satisfied that Teardrop will not cause any problems and that he understands that whatever happened between the Milton clan and Jessup was business. Thump lets Teardrop take Ree and be on their way.

On the way home, Teardrop tells Ree that if she ever finds out who killed her father, not to tell him because then he would have to do something about it and end up "toes up" as well. Ree sees no further options that would enable her to either keep the house or keep the family together, so she attempts to join the military after seeing recruiting posters offering $40,000 for 5 years of service. But when the recruiter tells her she will not be able to care for her family while in basic training or deployed to a foreign country, she changes her mind.

One night, the same three Milton women who beat Ree come to Ree’s house and offer to take her to see "her father’s bones." They want to help her keep the house without revealing too much and without any more rumours being told about them. The women blindfold Ree so that she will not know where she is going. They drive her to a pond, get into a rowboat, and row to the shallow place where her father’s body lies. They insist Ree reach into the water, grasp her father’s hand, and pull it taut so that, using a chain saw, they can cut it off the corpse; for then Ree will finally be able to prove to the authorities that her father is dead. Ree agonizes, but complies; and then must help cut off her father’s other hand, too.

After delivering the severed hands to the sheriff–whom Teardrop has accused of being complicit in Jessup’s death–Ree and her family are able to keep their home. They also also receive an unexpected boon: a large sum of cash that one of Jessup’s anonymous associates had to add as part of the bond, but will not claim.

The movie ends with Teardrop, after trying to play Jessup’s banjo, telling Ree he realizes who killed his brother. Ree wants to give the banjo to Teardrop, but Teardrop says that she should keep it for him, and abruptly leaves. Ree’s brother Sonny asks Ree if she plans on leaving them, to which she responds she would never leave them. Then her little sister picks up the banjo and starts to play it.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Kathryn Dean known as co-producer (as Kate Dean)
  • Kathryn Dean known as line producer (as Kate Dean)
  • Alix Madigan known as producer (as Alix Madigan-Yorkin)
  • Michael McDonough known as associate producer
  • Anne Rosellini known as producer
  • Jonathan Scheuer known as executive producer
  • Shawn Simon known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jennifer Lawrence known as Ree
  • Isaiah Stone known as Sonny
  • Ashlee Thompson known as Ashlee
  • Valerie Richards known as Connie
  • Shelley Waggener known as Sonya
  • Garret Dillahunt known as Sheriff Baskin
  • William White known as Blond Milton
  • Ramona Blair known as Parenting Teacher
  • Lauren Sweetser known as Gail
  • Andrew Burnley known as Baby Ned
  • Phillip Burnley known as Baby Ned
  • Isaac Skidmore known as Baby Ned
  • Cody Brown known as Floyd
  • Cinnamon Schultz known as Victoria
  • John Hawkes known as Teardrop
  • Casey MacLaren known as Megan
  • Kevin Breznahan known as Little Arthur
  • Dale Dickey known as Merab
  • Sheryl Lee known as April
  • Marideth Sisco known as Singer at Party
  • Tate Taylor known as Satterfield
  • Ronnie Hall known as Thump Milton (as Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall)
  • Beth Domann known as Alice
  • Charlotte Jeane Lucas known as Tilly
  • Raymond Vaughan Jr. known as Ray (as Ray Vaughan Jr.)
  • Russell Schalk known as Army Recruiter (as Sgt. Russel A. Schalk)
  • Brandon Gray known as Spider Milton (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Maya Hardinge known as key makeup artist
  • Marina Proctor known as key hair stylist
  • Nathan Shelton known as prosthetic effects artist

Art Department:

  • Russ Dove known as leadman
  • Ron Moore known as carpenter
  • Richard Peete known as property master
  • Deanna Smith known as art production assistant
  • Christopher Strok known as art production assistant
  • Carter Royce Waite known as set dresser
  • Jonathan Henry Way known as set dresser (as Jonathan H. Way)
  • Nathan R. Webster known as leadman
  • Jacob S. Wynant known as art production assistant
  • Rob Yapkowitz known as props assistant




Production Companies:

  • Anonymous Content
  • Winter's Bone Productions

Other Companies:

  • Abby Road Foods  catering
  • Abby Road Foods  craft service
  • Abel Cine Tech  camera and lenses
  • Da Barefoot Chef  catering
  • DitlevFilms  title design
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Final Frame  dailies
  • Fred Siegel  accounting services
  • Golden Corral  catering
  • PES Payroll  payroll services
  • Reiff & Associates  insurance
  • Sandler Law  legal affairs: Winter's Bone Productions
  • Sound One  sound re-recording facility
  • Tai Audio  walkies provided by
  • Technicolor New York  digital intermediate
  • Technicolor New York  telecine services
  • The Edit Center  additional editing


  • Bir Film (2011) (Turkey) (all media) (limited)
  • Artificial Eye (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Broadmedia Studios (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Cinema Mondo (2011) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Curious Films (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Golem Distribución (2011) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Paradiso Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Pretty Pictures (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Roadside Attractions (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Seven Films (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2010) (Austria) (all media)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2010) (Germany) (all media)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2010) (Liechtenstein) (all media)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Cameo Media (2011) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Falcon Films (2010) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2010) (Denmark) (all media)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2010) (Estonia) (all media)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2010) (Iceland) (all media)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2010) (Latvia) (all media)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2010) (Lithuania) (all media)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2010) (Norway) (all media)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (all media)
  • Pan Vision Oy (2011) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paradiso Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paradiso Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Vivarto (2011) (Poland) (all media)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Jessica Elvin known as smoke artist (as Jessica Allen Elvin)
  • Andrew Still known as data manager

Release Date:

  • USA 21 January 2010 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Germany 16 February 2010 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • USA 3 March 2010 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • USA 13 April 2010 (AFI Dallas International Film Festival)
  • USA 14 April 2010 (Kansas City Film Festival)
  • USA 15 April 2010 (Sarasota Film Festival)
  • USA 23 April 2010 (Palm Beach International Film Festival)
  • USA 23 April 2010 (Boston Independent Film Festival)
  • USA 30 April 2010 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
  • USA 8 May 2010 (Rochester Film Festival)
  • USA 28 May 2010 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • UK June 2010 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • USA June 2010 (Nantucket Film Festival)
  • USA 2 June 2010 (Little Rock Film Festival)
  • USA 11 June 2010 (limited)
  • Canada 18 June 2010 (Toronto)
  • USA 19 June 2010 (Provincetown Film Festival)
  • Australia 25 July 2010 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • France 5 September 2010 (Deauville American Film Festival)
  • Ireland 17 September 2010
  • UK 17 September 2010
  • Finland 18 September 2010 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 18 October 2010 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • Croatia 21 October 2010 (Zagreb Film Festival)
  • Japan 27 October 2010 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • USA 18 November 2010 (Williamsburg Independent Film Festival)
  • Sweden 23 November 2010 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 25 November 2010
  • Italy 30 November 2010 (Turin Film Festival)
  • Greece 8 December 2010 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • United Arab Emirates 13 December 2010 (Dubai International Film Festival)
  • Denmark 6 January 2011
  • Sweden 7 January 2011
  • Estonia 13 January 2011
  • Belgium 19 January 2011
  • South Korea 20 January 2011
  • Israel 27 January 2011
  • Brazil 28 January 2011
  • Finland 28 January 2011
  • Norway 28 January 2011
  • Argentina 3 February 2011
  • Uruguay 4 February 2011
  • Singapore 10 February 2011
  • Spain 11 February 2011
  • Peru 17 February 2011
  • Portugal 17 February 2011
  • Italy 18 February 2011
  • Greece 24 February 2011
  • Poland 25 February 2011
  • France 2 March 2011
  • Mexico 4 March 2011
  • Turkey 4 March 2011
  • Taiwan 11 March 2011
  • Hong Kong 23 March 2011 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Germany 31 March 2011
  • New Zealand 18 May 2011
  • Hungary 19 May 2011
  • Slovenia 7 July 2011
  • Japan 29 October 2011
  • Taiwan 30 May 2012 (re-release)

MPAA: Rated R for some drug material, language and violent content



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