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Cold River (1982)

PG | | Adventure | March 1982 (USA)
Based on the novel Winterkill, by William Judson, Cold River is the story of an Adirondack guide who takes his young daughter and step-son on a long camping trip in the fall of 1932. When ... See full summary »

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Suzanne Weber ...
Lizzy Allison
Pat Petersen ...
Tim Hood
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Mike Allison
Robert Earl Jones ...
The Trapper
Brad Sullivan ...
Reuban Knat
Elizabeth Hubbard ...
Pauline Hood Allison
Augusta Dabney ...
Elizabeth Allison
Adam Petroski ...
Seth Bishop
David Thomas ...
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Wade Barnes ...
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Deborah Beck ...
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Robert Donley ...
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Tom Kubiak ...
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Mary Ellen Badger ...
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Based on the novel Winterkill, by William Judson, Cold River is the story of an Adirondack guide who takes his young daughter and step-son on a long camping trip in the fall of 1932. When winter strikes unexpectedly early (a natural phenomenon known as a 'winterkill' - so named because the animals are totally unprepared for a sudden, early winter, and many freeze or starve to death), he suffers a fatal heart attack, leaving his two children to find their own way home without food, or protection from the elements. Rated PG for mild violence and language. Written by John N. Daily

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It rung true to me.
20 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this film high marks because I enjoyed the scenery, screenplay and acting. There are gripping moments to this story, and the violence which occurs is suspenseful. Sure, it's somewhat episodic, and the direction is choppy at times, but I am a fan of films without "filler", especially when they take place in the wilderness, where attempts to create distractions can pervert the experience of true setting. This is a story about a stepsister and stepbrother lost in the wilderness and learning some lessons about hardships and personal bonds. It is not for the attention-span deficient. The action which takes place is satisfying, and I enjoyed the casual pace of the story leading up to the denouement. Acting is strong, and there are good morals to the story also.


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