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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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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
Tony Griffin ...
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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Adventure | Family

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Rated PG for adventure action | See all certifications »

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14 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Voluntad de hierro  »

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$21,006,361 (USA)
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David Bedford, owner of Black Ice Dog Sledding Equipment and real-life dog sledder, did the mushing for "Borg" throughout the movie. He used his own 7-dog team led by "Chase", a malamute. Filming his scenes took 3 months. David's wife Shilon helped to establish the Minnesota Malamute Club See more »

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While it may appear in some scenes that the American flag has 50 stars; every flag has the correct number of 48 stars as would be appropriate for the 1917 time period of this film. View time-stamp 1:06 as an example of 48 stars running parallel on a field of blue. Some scenes in the film make it appear as if the stars are on a diagonal, rather than parallel, due to the wind shifts and foreign objects partially blocking the flags. See more »

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Ned Dodd: The first few days you sleep five hours. Then four, then three, then two. The last day you don't sleep. You just run. Run till the end.
Indians: You have to be strong. You have to learn focus, stamina, and balance. Only the smart ones will finish. You have to run longer and sleep less. It's your only chance. You'll make friends who arn't your friends, enemies who want to hurt you. Be careful who you trust.
Will Stoneman: How do I know who to trust?
Ned Dodd: Trust the dogs.
Indians: You have one chance. You must run at night when the ...
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Go on, let the tagline decieve you... it's worth it, though it's not exactly true.
18 January 2002 | by (Perryopolis, PA USA) – See all my reviews

Being that I like to wonder about what really happened in historical films, I had been curious about what really happened in that race. I did everything I could to find out about the "real Will" and found out some interesting information. On a history of dog-sledding site it is said that the race made famous was dramatized in the movie Iron Will, was loosely based. That's an understatement. They change the hero's name from Frederick S. Hartman to Will Stoneman. It's not so bad, I love the movie it's excellent, and I suppose if they had kept the ending to what really happened it wouldn't have been so inspiring (nothing melancholy, but Frederick actually lost the race). What I like about Disney films is that they have some theme to it. Writers and English Lit teachers know what I am talking about: An inner meaning that the writers have inside the story. You see this over and over again in movies, and Disney is excellent at it.

The acting is great, the screenplay is all right, history aside it's not too bad. After all, history can be bleak sometimes, and hope springs eternal, we can always dream and imagine right? For film score fans like me, the music, which I always am interested in, is not so bad, the main theme is nice, but it's not as good as the music from Interview With The Vampire or Forrest Gump.

Bottom line, don't be taken too much by the tagline about it being a "true story;" if you do research you will be disappointed. Other than that, see it if you haven't yet. It's excellent. Just because it has hardly anything to do with the truth doesn't mean it's not a great movie.


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