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Winter People (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  14 April 1989 (USA)
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A young widower moves with his daughter into a North Carolina mountain town in 1934. He quickly takes up with a young woman with an illegitimate baby. First he must prove himself to her ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayland Jackson
Collie Wright
William Wright
Drury Campbell
Cole Campbell
Young Wright
Lanny Flaherty ...
Gudger Wright
Annie Wright
Amelia Burnette ...
Paula Jackson
Milton Wright
Bill Gribble ...
Skeet Campbell
Harmon Campbell
Walter Averitt ...
Margaret Campbell (as Walker Averitt)
Dashiell Coleman ...
Jonathan Wright
Barbara Freeman ...
Mavis McGregor


A young widower moves with his daughter into a North Carolina mountain town in 1934. He quickly takes up with a young woman with an illegitimate baby. First he must prove himself to her father and her three brothers. He does so first by joining them on a bear hunt and then by designing a clock tower for the small community. Trouble comes when it is revealed that the baby's father is the demented son of a mean clan across the river and they mean to take the child back. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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A passion so strong it kills.




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14 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Winter People - Wie ein Blatt im Wind  »

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$2,023,282 (USA)

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One of the more compelling movies.....
4 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I won't go to the hyperbole of this being the best film ever, it is certainly one of the more satisfying. The fact that you can tell a compelling human story without overwhelming the audience with action (and I like action flicks as well as anyone) is noteworthy. It is not your typical story - it's got real conflict, real relationships (both good and bad), and a sense of authenticity that is lacking in many films. The setting is not one that is common, although it would be contemporary with 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. It sheds some light on a part of the country that is not familiar to most of us. It reflects some thought in fleshing out real characters, instead of relying on portraying stereotypical backwoods people. While many of the actors have gone on to other roles, the movie retains the allure of watching real people. It should be considered a high mark in the careers of both Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis. It is one of those rare movies that I appreciate watching each time.

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