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Writer (WGA):
Jonathan Rintels (written by)
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Release Date:
9 January 1994 (USA) See more »
Two thousand miles from home, Jim and Jennifer Stolpa (with baby Clayton) lose their way and are stranded in an endless wilderness of deep snow... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Neil Patrick Harris ... Jim Stolpa

Kelli Williams ... Jennifer Stolpa

Richard Ian Cox ... Jason Wicker (as Richard Cox)

Duncan Fraser ... Don Patterson

Susan Clark ... Muriel Mulligan

Michael Gross ... Kevin Mulligan

Andrew Airlie ... Dr. Bonaldi
Alexander Ahnert ... Clayton Stolpa
Zachary Ahnert ... Clayton Stolpa
Shannon Beaty ... Megan Mulligan
Heather Beaty ... Megan Mulligan
Joy Coghill ... Dr. Jorgenson

Kevin McNulty ... Joe Tirado

Roger Barnes ... Steve
J.B. Bivens ... Roadblock CHP
Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Sergeant Satellite (as Ken Camroux)
John Destry ... Redinger (as John B. Destry)

Beverley Elliott ... Terri
Tina Gilbertson ... Reporter

Mitchell Kosterman ... Deputy (as Mitch Kosterman)

Catherine Lough Haggquist ... Paramedic (as Catherine Lough)
Randi Lynne ... CHP Sergeant

Walter Marsh ... Sheriff Watkins

Hrothgar Mathews ... Rick Frazier
Arlin McFarlane ... Roberta Patterson
Douglas Newell ... Tommy
Rick Poltaruk ... Mechanic
Phil Reimer ... Weatherman
Robert Toohey ... Doug Farley
Arnie Walters ... Uncle Clay
Shawn Webster ... Weatherwoman
Dale Wilson ... Lt. Jack Reynolds
Donna Yamamoto ... Nurse

Directed by
Christian Duguay 
Writing credits
Jonathan Rintels (written by)

Produced by
Howard Braunstein .... executive producer
Michael Jaffe .... executive producer
Matthew O'Connor .... producer
Lisa Richardson .... producer
Christine A. Sacani .... co-executive producer (as Christine Sacani)
Original Music by
Louis Natale  (as Lou Natale)
Cinematography by
Peter F. Woeste  (as Peter Woeste)
Film Editing by
George Appleby 
Casting by
Shana Landsburg 
Production Design by
Michael Joy 
Art Direction by
David Hay 
Set Decoration by
Mary-Lou Storey 
Costume Design by
Susan De Laval 
Makeup Department
Tibor Farkas .... prosthetic makeup
Michael Pachal .... key hair stylist
Dianne Pelletier .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Nigel Hollick .... post-production supervisor
Robert McLaren .... unit manager
Lisa Richardson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Joy .... second unit director
Mike Rohl .... second assistant director
Jim Rowe .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mark Howes .... on-set dresser
Pat O'Brien .... property master (as Patrick O'Brien)
Stephen Wright .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jacqueline Cristianini .... sound supervisor
Dean Giammarco .... re-recording mixer
James Kusan .... boom operator
Richard Patton .... sound mixer (as Rick Patton)
Paul A. Sharpe .... re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Bill Sheppard .... re-recording mixer (as Bill Otis-Shepard)
Special Effects by
Jak Osmond .... assistant special effects
Randy Shymkiw .... special effects coordinator
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunt coordinator (as Melissa Stubbs)
Corry Glass .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Dekker .... best boy electric
Christian Duguay .... camera operator
Harvey Fedor .... key grip
Paul Guenette .... first assistant camera
Kieran Humphries .... best boy grip
Doug Lavender .... second assistant camera
Jeff Upton .... gaffer
Casting Department
Sid Kozak .... casting: Vancouver
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Christiano .... wardrobe supervisor (as Donna M. Christiano)
Editorial Department
Garry M.B. Smith .... assistant editor (as Gary Smith)
Ed Ham .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Robert McLaren .... location manager
Robert Toohey .... location supervisor: Yukon
Music Department
John Welsman .... orchestrator
Leonard Rogowski .... composer: source music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Dennett .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Barbara Chomos .... unit publicist
Michael Glantz .... technical advisor
Arthur Kaminsky .... technical advisor
Kevin Mulligan .... executive creative
Kevin Mulligan .... production consultant
Julia Neville .... production coordinator
Jonathan Rintels .... executive consultant
Susan Weir .... script supervisor
Lynn Josephson Delaney .... executive assistant to producer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:120 min (including commercials) | Brazil:99 min | USA:92 min
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Continuity: After the family became stuck in the blizzard for a couple days, the camera pans out before a commercial break to show how snowbound they are. However, the tracks from the car's tires are plainly visible,See more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
True story that's so harrowing it's hard to believe, 30 January 2005
Author: ruffrider from United States

All the saccharine, lovey-dovey stuff at the start almost made me turn this movie off, but now I see that the screenwriter was just trying to show us the strong bonds that helped three people survive an unbelievable ordeal. Things started moving quickly as the father, taking his young family to join the rest of the clan, ignored weather reports and drove through a blizzard. The snow got worse and worse and finally they were stranded in the middle of nowhere. Their struggles to stay alive kept me awake when a lot of movies would have left me sleeping at the hour when this film was broadcast. I kept saying to myself "No one could survive this long in the bitter cold." Adding to the tension were the decisions: do they stay in the SUV, which offered shelter, but where they will eventually freeze, or do all three brave the elements and face a much surer and sooner extinction, with only the slim chance of finding help? Once they've made that fateful choice, which way do they walk and what if they pick the wrong way? Does father leave wife and baby to freeze in a cave while he's asked to walk 50 miles with frost-bitten feet to get help? Seven days in the cold seems too much for anyone, much less a baby, but somehow all 3 survived it. I wouldn't have believed any of it had I not known it was all true. Good acting, especially from Kelli Williams of TV's "The Practice" series. I can recommend this movie.

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