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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Release Date:

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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2.35 : 1
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Strong characters the focus of this exciting drama
6 January 2006 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Deceptively marketed as a "Deliverance" retread, it has, in fact, more in common with Peter Weir's "Witness" and Richard Pearce's "Heartland". Kurt Russell plays Wayland Jackson, a humble widower who begins a new life with his daughter in North Carolina. When he meets and falls in love with Collie Wright (Kelly McGilis), he must prove his mettle to her father (Lloyd Bridges) and deal with local animosity towards him.

Director Ted Kotcheff, who also made "First Blood", "Uncommon Valor" and the brilliant "Split Image", a scathing look at a religious sect, brings his considerable experience with personal politics to this well made, beautifully acted, snow-bound drama.

The film's last act is where the violence flares and the stage is set for several bloody, taut altercations. The film, however, never loses sight of its personal story and focuses closely on the courage and resilience of good, honest folk.

John Scott's score is hypnotic.

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