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Iron Will (1994)

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
Allan R.J. Joseph ...
Albert Carey
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 <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Inspired by the incredible true story. See more »


Adventure | Family

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Rated PG for adventure action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Voluntad de hierro  »

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$21,006,361 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Much of the movie was filmed in northern Minnesota near the town of Duluth. Many of Duluth's citizens were extras in the movie, a large number at the end of the race 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 »


Jack Stoneman: Look son, if you want something real bad, I mean you really want it, you've got to go out where you can find it and grab it.
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Featured in Troldspejlet: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1995) See more »

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Happy 20th Anniversary!!!
9 September 2014 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Hike! Hike! Hike!!! The Hunger Games ain't got S*** on this movie!

I was privileged, I repeat, PRIVILEGED to have grown up with this film! VERY appropriately rated as a "Disney" film, yes! Families all around can enjoy this film! Along with "Balto", this flick introduced me to the sport of dog sledding! Also introduced me to many big Hollywood names, like Kevin Spacey, Brian Cox, Brian Ogden Stiers (RENOWNED for Disney movies), and especially August Schellenberg (R.I.P). They all played their appropriate roles. Although, I'll admit, I don't often like Kevin Spacey as an actor - always seems to act as antisocial & controversial characters. Also don't forget Richard Riehle, the guy who says "If you're late again, you're fired", near the beginning of the movie; classic character actor of the century (in over 300 films!!!). Plus, I like the idea of John Terry playing Will's father, and just all-round playing father figures - he's just so kind & likable.

I'm utterly surprised to this day why this film is so overlooked & underrated! After all, 1994 *was* the big year of MANY big blockbuster films; maybe that's why it was so overlooked. Mackenzie Astin, the brother of Sean Astin (Sam from Lord of the Rings), is great in this film! Such an under-appreciated actor! IMO, he's even hotter & more talented than Leo DiCaprio. He plays a REAL ACE in this movie - I fully realize just how well-written his character is! If more people in the world were like his character, Will Stoneman, the world would be a much better place to live!

A 6.5!!!?????? SERIOUSLY!??? This flick should switch around ratings with "Never Cry Wolf", which is a '7.6' a horrid & disappointing film that was downright BORING & ridiculous & uncomfortable to sit through, and should be totally removed from the "Walt Disney" category!!

They're just so many good things in this film. The train always gets fabulous shots, too. That scene on the bridge of trying to outrun the train will always seem to scare me. LOL

The frostbite in this movie really sends shivers down my spine - after all, it was the movie that introduced me to the reality of "frostbite". Just looking at Stoneman at the end of the movie, he looks messed up! He gave everything he had to finish that race!

I mean it, if I ever go on live TV, I'll make sure to bring this movie with me to show on air, just to give it the attention it deserves & needs!

Disney Channel! Get this film on the air sometime! Or at the very least, Disney, re-release this movie so that we can again see the true story about Will Stoneman on the big screen!

Beautifully directed, beautifully shot, and beautifully acted!


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