Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife, Kate, finds herself attracted to prisoner Ed Biddle. She abandons her husband and children to help Ed and his brother Jack escape and accompanies them into the wintery wasteland. Written by
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Did You Know?
Though the movie's leading man Mel Gibson
and its director Gillian Armstrong
are both Australian, this film, a big American Hollywood production, was their first [and to date, February 2015] their only ever collaboration. Ironically, the pair had never worked together on an Australian feature film. See more
A toy electric train shown running around a Christmas tree is of a post-1950 design, as is the track. The train is based on 19th-century locomotive and passenger car prototypes, making it more plausible. However, toy electric trains that even remotely resembled the one shown did not exist by 1901. See more