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Iron Will (1994)

PG  |   |  Adventure  |  14 January 1994 (USA)
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When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Stoneman
J.W. Harper
Ned Dodd
Angus McTeague
Borg Guillarson
Jack Stoneman
Maggie Stoneman
Simon Lambert
James Cada ...
Peter Swenson
Joe McPherson
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Alvin William 'Dutch' Lunak ...
Gabriel Cary
Tony Griffin ...
Mike Riley


When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will require days of racing for long hours, through harsh weather and terrain. This young man will need a lot of courage and a strong will to complete this race. Written by Brian W Martz <>

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The Uplifting True-Life Story Of Courage, Determination And Triumph! See more »



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Rated PG for adventure action | See all certifications »

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14 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vasakarat  »

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$21,006,361 (USA)

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The trains used in the movie were from the Lake Superior Railroad Museum (LSRM) in Duluth. Due to the fact that they were actual operating trains, actors could not operate as engineers or the conductors. They were all volunteer employees of the museum. Some of them still work there (As of August 2004). See more »


Soon after the start of the race when the sled goes over the cliff, the musher throws out a snow-hook which prevents him from falling to his death. Snowhooks are connected to the bridle, not to the musher. See more »


Will Stoneman: Mom, I want to feel alive. I want to feel like Dad's alive, right here. And I don't. I don't. Mom, he was going to do this for me. Now, let me do it for him.
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Awesome, Great, Inspirational, Heroic etc etc.

Awesome movie, In the same league as Rocky. Just too good. A must watch.

After his dad "buys the farm" in a tragic dogsledding accident, it's up to young Will Stoneman (Mackenzie Astin) to pay off the mortgage. And there's only one way to do it: Win a $10,000 prize in a 500-mile dogsled race. David Ogden Stiers is the railroad magnate who puts up the prize money, and August Schellenberg is the sage Indian who helps the plucky lad develop an iron will to win.

There was one more hero in this movie apart from Mackenzie Astin, the Dog "Gus" which in the movie was his father's favourite dog. The dog was really terrific.

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