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The Snow Walker (2003)

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A pilot and his passenger struggle for survival after crashing in the Arctic tundra.

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1953. Charlie Halliday, a former WWII fighter pilot, is a Yellowknife-based bush pilot. Like many of the white in the area, he does not associate with the Inuit except for what he can get out of them in bartering. On a personal plane trip, he runs across a small family of nomadic Inuit. The female of the group, named Kanaalaq, has what Charlie suspects is tuberculosis. In exchange for some ivory, Charlie agrees to fly her to a hospital in Yellowknife. En route back to the city, Charlie is forced to make a crash landing when the plane develops mechanical problems. Although both Charlie and Kanaalaq are unharmed by the crash, the plane is totaled, they are in the middle of nowhere, the radio doesn't seem to be working, they have a meager amount of supplies, and Charlie's whereabouts are probably unknown to others since he made a detour from his original route. Furthermore, they can't communicate with each other as Kanaalaq only knows a few words of English, whereas Charlie knows no ... Written by Huggo

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Their Fight For Survival Formed An Unbreakable Bond.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language, some disturbing images and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Winter scenes were shot in -28 C (-18 F) weather - -45 C (-49 F) with wind chill. See more »

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With catastrophic engine failure, aircraft (particularly 1940's Norseman, built specifically for rugged bush flying) don't generally lose steering control. The failed engine, after blowing a head gasket would shut down almost immediately, not continue to run. The aircraft would glide with stability even though the engine wouldn't be running, and it wouldn't be very difficult to control, because the engine systems are completely separate from the cable/pulley control-surface systems. See more »

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Shepherd: Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - Wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark or...
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Beautiful Film
30 August 2004 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this film and it was absoloutly gorgeous. The vastness and emptiness of the arctic tundra is so foreign in this day and age of big cities and suburbs, it was just refreshing to watch. Barry Pepper has never been a good actor in my mind, but this film shows his real potential, he made the character of Charlie a believable one, and the change he experiences didn't come off as clichéd like in so many other movies. The young Inuit girl who played Kanalaaq(sp) was so impressive, more so when you learn she can do many of the things her character in the film did!!! She is very beautiful and talented and i can't wait to see where this takes her!

The directing is very good as well. The idea to use as little music as possible adds to the feeling of isolation and barreness of the arctic, and the shots of the sky especially the Northern Lights were gorgeous!!

All in all i loved this film ***/5


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