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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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Will Stoneman
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J.W. Harper
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Ned Dodd
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Angus McTeague
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Borg Guillarson
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Jack Stoneman
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Maggie Stoneman
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DeFontaine
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Simon Lambert
James Cada ...
Peter Swenson
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Joe McPherson
Allan R.J. Joseph ...
Albert Carey
Alvin William 'Dutch' Lunak ...
Gabriel Cary
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Mike Riley
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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 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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It's not a question of age. Or strength. Or ability. It's a matter of will. See more »

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Rated PG for adventure action | See all certifications »

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$21,006,361 (USA)
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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 »

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After Will crashes after dodging the "Army" truck. It is revealed that there is a Marine recruiting poster on the side of the truck. (The US Marines would never advertise on an army truck.) There is certainly a competitiveness in today's U.S. armed services; back in 1917 President Woodrow Wilson created the Committee On Public Information. This committee tasked "The Society of Illustrators" out of New York to create artwork that illustrated the demands that the Great War was placing on America and on American servicemen and women. These pieces of public art were created by some 300 of America's top designer's and were ordered to be placed on "every" wall and publicly viewable surface. Given the great need for the American public to support the war effort during The Great War, it is not unreasonable that an Army vehicle would show it's patriotism by sporting a U.S. Marine recruitment poster. See more »

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Harry Kingsley: Racing through the night, driven by his own iron will with a courageous - ...
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cheering for the under"dog"
23 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

When his father is accidentally killed, South Dakota farmboy Will Stoneman (Mackenzie Astin) decides to enter a dog sled race (a 522-mile dog sled race between Winnipeg and St. Paul that occurred in 1917.) in order to save his family from financial ruin. His mother (Penelope Windust) wants Will to use part of the prospective $10,000 race winnings for college, but Will just wants to save the farm. With the help of Indian handyman Ned Dodd (August Schellenberg), Will begins to train for the race. But the rich mogul underwriting the race, J.P. Harper (David Ogden Stiers), doesn't want Will to enter, thinking the competition too arduous and too dangerous for such a young boy. To Will's aid comes yellow journalist Harry Kingsley (Kevin Spacey), who convinces Harper to permit Will to enter the race. But Harry also has his own agenda he sees a great story in Will and thinks it will sell newspapers and advance his journalistic career. With his father's best dog Gus at the head of his dog team, Will is ready and determined to win the race. Will discovers that winning the race is only half his battle. Dealing with the petty and malevolent human beings involved in the race in particular, the egotistical Scandinavian champion Borg Guillarson (George Gerdes) and the wealthy gambler Angus McTeague (Brian Cox) prove to be as much of a challenge to his mettle than any natural obstacles Will might encounter. Disney did a nice job with this story it turned out to be a good film. I know it is typical Disney, but it wasn't as sappy as other Disney type underdog movies.


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