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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Warren ...
David Huffman ...
Diane Reilly ...
Craig T. McCullen ...
Kelsey Ufford ...
Ceciel Monchet
Leonard Lilyholm ...
Hockey Coach
Brian Foley ...
Jean-Claude Bleuze ...
French Coach (as Jean Claude Bleuze)
Teresa Willmus ...
Annette Brashlout
Diana Holden ...
X-Ray Technician
Michelle McLean ...


A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to the world -- and herself -- that she still has the potential to realize her dreams. Written by Tina Mancuso <tina@castle.net>

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31 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Castillos de hielo  »

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Thirty-two years after this movie was released, a remake Ice Castles (2010) was made. It had the same director Donald Wrye. See more »


Lexie competes in the sectionals, not wanting the judges or audience to know that she has lost most of her sight. However, there is no way she could credibly compete in the compulsory figures section of the competition, that portion which is a highly visual exercise of needing to be able to see the carvings in the ice. See more »


[first lines]
[Nick pulls his truck up to Beulah's Star Ice Castle Lanes, or, depending on how you read the marquee sign, Beulah's Ice Castle Star Lanes]
Nick Peterson: Hey, Charlie.
Charlie: Hi, Nick.
Nick Peterson: How ya doin'?
Charlie: Beats the hell out of me. Hey, what are *you* doin' home?
Nick Peterson: Beats the hell out of me.
Charlie: Hey, Beulah, rack 'em up! Come on!
Nick Peterson: Howdy, Les.
Les: Hey! Nick, what the hell are *you* doin' here?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear to be in black-and-white, but if you look carefully, you can see the pink face and yellow hair of Lynn-Holly Johnson as she is skating. See more »


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A Fifth of Beethoven
Composed and Performed by Walter Murphy
Based on Ludwig van Beethoven's (as Beethoven's) Fifth Symphony
Courtesy of RFT Music Publishing Corp. and Private Stock Records, Ltd.
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11 February 2001 | by (San Clemente, CA) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie when it came out and I still love it all these years later-flaws and all.

First of all, the book was so great in it's depiction of competetive skating and the machinations that sometimes go on behind the scenes. That said, the movie was actually a pretty good adaptation.

But, probably the main reason I loved this movie was because I was there when they filmed many of the Broadmoor World Arena scenes. It was my home rink, and it's a blast to see old coaches, old skating friends. And to see the World Arena, which sadly was torn down a few years back. A sad day...

I remember that practice times were a mess because of the shooting schedule-some of us had our practice time in between scenes-lights and all! I remember watching the scene where the "French" skater falls in the middle of a show-and watching the skater playing that part throwing herself onto the ice, over and over again. Ouch! I remember Lynn-Holly seeming a bit nervous; Robby Benson as a bit shy, but very nice (and patient-when introduced, I couldn't remember my name!); David Huffman was very cute and Jennifer Warren was friendly, charming, modest and gorgeous! She didn't know how to skate very well and came out with some of us to learn! She became something of a rink rat while there!

Having been there for some of that, it changes one's perspective a bit, but still, I feel myself drawn into the story-and I cry at the end just like everyone else.

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