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Ordeal in the Arctic (1993)

Everybody expected military flight Boxtop 22 from Thule into the vast frozen wilderness of Canada's North Western territories to be boring routine, but in a matter of minutes a crash ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Captain John Couch
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Captain Wilma De Groot
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Susan 'Sue' Hillier
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Fred Ritchie
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Lieutenant Joe Bales
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Lieutenant Michael 'Mike' Moore
Richard McMillan ...
(as Richard MacMillan)
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Arnie Macauley
Per Aabel
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Sergeant Paul West
Blair Haynes ...
Master Corporal Roland 'Rollie' Pitre
Stephen Sparks ...
Master Corporal Tony Cobden
Brian Jensen ...
Master Corporal David 'Dave' Meace
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Private Bill Vance
David Cameron ...
Master Corporal Mario Ellefsen
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Everybody expected military flight Boxtop 22 from Thule into the vast frozen wilderness of Canada's North Western territories to be boring routine, but in a matter of minutes a crash reduces Gulf War veteran pilot Captain John Couch's crew and passengers to ever-growing despair. First they consider themselves relatively lucky as 14 out of 18 aboard are alive, including Captain Wilma De Groot, a medical doctor, but as time progresses the merciless cold makes it seem hopeless to check on Bob and Sue, who cannot be moved near the only campfire, while rescue attempts on land from Alert ('only' about 10 miles) and by air from Edmonton (8 hours flying) take no less then 32 hours to reach the plane wreck... Written by KGF Vissers

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Gevangen tussen ijs en vuur (Trapped between ice and fire)

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Rated PG for a prolonged life threatening situation, and some language | See all certifications »
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15 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Alarm i Arktis  »

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Realistic downed plane rescue ...............
21 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Because the story actually happened, those that demand a certain amount of realism, will not be disappointed. It is quite easy to sensationalize, or add things to enhance the drama in this type of film. Fortunately none of that happens, and "Ordeal in the Arctic" sticks with the facts. Richard Chamberlin gives a heartfelt performance as the guilt ridden pilot. The rest of the crew and passengers are simply heads in the snow, slowly freezing to death. The rescue effort overcomes difficult obstacles, and never doubts their success. Most dialog is aimed at keeping alive, and the overwhelming desperation of the situation is portrayed to perfection. - MERK


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