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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
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Peter Swenson
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Joe McPherson
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Albert Carey
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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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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:

Iron Will - Der Wille zum Sieg  »

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$21,006,361 (USA)
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The movie is a fictionalized account of the 1917 Winnipeg-to-St. Paul dog-sled race, sponsored by the Great Northern Railway. The main character in the movie, Will Stoneman, is based on two real-life participants in the 1917 race: Albert Campbell, the eventual winner, a mixed-blood Cree trapper from Manitoba who endured harassment from his racist white competitors throughout the race; and Fred Hartman, the only American participant, who was touted as a hero during the race by American newspapers, but had to drop out when his sled dogs fought among themselves and his lead dog was killed. J.W. Harper, the president of the St. Paul Winter Carnival in the movie, is based on Louis W. Hill, son of railroad magnate James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern Railroad. See more »

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When the two remaining competitors coming through the woods, a row of modern telephone poles is visible. See more »

Quotes

Will Stoneman: We're barely making enough to survive, with no hope for anything better. I couldn't dream anymore about school. But when I saw this flier, I felt life getting back into me.
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Featured in Troldspejlet: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1995) See more »

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so cold, you feel some of it.

We rented this film because Kevin Spacey is in it. When it came on, my daughter (12 yrs old) exclaimed "Oh no, not another cheap Disney film!" My wife also made noises of discontent and I was wondering why Kevin was in it and if I'd made a terrible mistake.

Well, it was good. True it had some bad Disney unrealistic heart-jerking story in it, especially at the end. The bad guys were really Disney evil, but the rest of the film worked.

Kevin Spacey gives his best at whatever role he tackles, and this is no exception. The sledding scenes are very good and it is really cold - you can feel it, and so can the actors judging by the breath.

The film get a few tears out and we decided that, although we never would have rented it if we knew it was a Disney film, we liked it. We give it 8.


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