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Ice Castles
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Director:
Writers:
Donald Wrye (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
31 December 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of a girl who refused to forget she was once a champion. See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Before Blades of Glory there was Ice Castles See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Robby Benson ... Nick Peterson

Lynn-Holly Johnson ... Alexis Winston

Colleen Dewhurst ... Beulah Smith

Tom Skerritt ... Marcus Winston

Jennifer Warren ... Deborah Mackland
David Huffman ... Brian Dockett
Diane Reilly ... Sandy
Craig T. McCullen ... Doctor
Kelsey Ufford ... Ceciel Monchet
Leonard Lilyholm ... Hockey Coach
Brian Foley ... Choreographer
Jean-Claude Bleuze ... French Coach (as Jean Claude Bleuze)
Teresa Willmus ... Annette Brashlout
Diana Holden ... X-Ray Technician
Michelle McLean ... Skater
Carol Williams ... TV Producer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rex Davis ... Skater Coach (uncredited)
Staci Loop ... Specialty Skating (uncredited)

Tony Potter ... Waiter (uncredited)
Rio ... (uncredited)
Mary Schuster ... Specialty Skating (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Arena Spectator (uncredited)
Antonino Garcia Tony ... Documentary Filmcrew (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Wrye 
 
Writing credits
Donald Wrye (screenplay) and
Gary L. Baim (screenplay)

Gary L. Baim (story)

Produced by
Rosilyn Heller .... executive producer
John Kemeny .... producer
S. Rodger Olenicoff .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
Melvin Shapiro 
Maury Winetrobe 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
 
Set Decoration by
Joanne MacDougall 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... unit production manager (as Phillip Goldfarb)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cheryl Downey .... second assistant director
Jerry Grandey .... assistant director
Bill Venegas .... second assistant director (as William B. Venegas)
Jonathan Giles Zimmerman .... second assistant director (as Jonathan Zimmerman)
 
Art Department
Horst Grandt .... property master
Tommy Tomlinson .... assistant property master (as Tom Tomlinson)
Mort Zwicker .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound mixer (as Glen Anderson)
Kevin F. Cleary .... dubbing mixer
Les Fresholtz .... dubbing mixer
Michael Minkler .... dubbing mixer
Richard Raguse .... sound mixer
James Utterback .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Patty Elder .... stunts
Dee Ingalls .... stunts
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (as Jim Nickerson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (as James Connel)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (as David Friedman)
Michael Genne .... first assistant camera
George Hill .... key grip
Marshall Marker .... still photographer
Jack L. Richards .... camera operator (as Jack Richards)
Alvin Presley .... best boy electric (uncredited)
George Staubs .... best boy grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costume supervisor (as Jennifer Parsons)
Anya Robertson .... costume designer: skating costumes
 
Editorial Department
Joyce Broussard .... assistant film editor
Daniel T. Cahn .... assistant film editor (as Daniel Todd Cahn)
Joseph Guresky .... assistant film editor
 
Location Management
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arif Mardin .... music arranger
Shinichi Yamazaki .... music editor
Brooks Arthur .... music producer (uncredited)
Marvin Hamlisch .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Davis .... transportation coordinator
Larry Gordon .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Gary Shephard .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Virginia Aiello .... assistant to producer
Charlotte Dreiman .... production secretary
Brian Foley .... choreographer
Alvin Greenman .... script supervisor
Gilbert A. Holmes .... representative: U.S.F.S.A.
Gilbert A. Holmes .... technical adviser
Tammy Klindworth .... skating coordinator
Staci Loop .... special skating
Rosemary Lord .... unit publicist
Ruby Mason .... skating coordinator
Jack Might .... representative: Broadmoor Figure Skating Club
Mary Schuster .... special skating
Richard Vraa .... special skating consultant
Jennie Walsh .... skating coach
Barbara Williams .... skating coach
Gary Jules Jouvenat .... auditor (uncredited)
Gary Rankla .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:NRC | Finland:K-12 | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Peru:Apt | Singapore:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The production originally wanted to cast a name actress in the lead role of Lexie Winston and use a real-life ice-skater as a double for the complex skating scenes. However, it soon became apparent to them, in their opinion, that despite the best editing and camera-work, the differences between the actor and the double would be noticeable, particularly as the choreography would require a number of close-ups and medium shots.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in For Your Eyes Only (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
Through the Eyes of LoveSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Before Blades of Glory there was Ice Castles, 22 May 2011
Author: Chris. from Australia

Johnson plays fictitious figure skater Alexis Winston, whose widower father (Skerritt) reluctantly allows master coach (Warren) to take her to the big city for a chance to demonstrate her unique talents and compete in the national titles. She leaves behind her boyfriend (Benson) and local skate rink owner (Dewhurst) and is soon consumed by the trappings of high profile sport and fair-weather friends, wooed by a much older newscaster (Huffman) and forced to endure the spotlight of TV in addition to her rigorous training schedule. But just as she's about to reach the heights of success, she's felled prematurely in a shocking accident that robs her of her sight, and it seems, her dream. With the aid of family and 'true' friends, she attempts an audacious comeback.

Set to the backdrop of Melissa Manchester's commanding theme song ("Looking Through the Eyes of Love"), "Ice Castles" is the "Flashdance" of the late seventies, with generally strong performances by the cast. Johnson's maturity belies her age, underrated Jennifer Warren delivers a strong performance as the perfectionist coach, while Dewhurst has a couple of intense scenes to display her range, notably where she confronts Johnson in the attic where she's apparently given up on life in favour of a shallow existence of self pity.

Typical feel-good movie is elevated by Dewhurst's performance and the Oscar-nominated theme song (the rest of the soundtrack isn't bad either, e.g. "Midnight Blue" and "A Fifth of Beethoven"), but probably attempts to milk too much sympathy as films of this ilk often do from the audience. One of those films you probably wouldn't seek to watch, but nevertheless find yourself engaged to the end in spite of yourself.

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