Up 13,478 this week

The Snow Walker (2003)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  5 March 2004 (Canada)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 8,187 users  
Reviews: 87 user | 17 critic

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


, (based on the story "Walk Well My Brother" by)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 20 Dec 2011
a list of 42 titles
created 11 May 2013
a list of 37 titles
created 29 Aug 2013
a list of 49 titles
created 18 Feb 2014
a list of 49 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Snow Walker" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Snow Walker (2003)

The Snow Walker (2003) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Snow Walker.
8 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.

Director: Hardy Martins
Stars: Bernhard Bettermann, Iris Böhm, Anatoliy Kotenyov
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq
North Face (2008)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's ... See full summary »

Director: Philipp Stölzl
Stars: Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek
Alive (1993)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.

Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton
The Edge (1997)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A billionaire and two other men are stranded, unequipped, by a plane crash in a dangerous wilderness. How many will survive to be rescued?

Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson
Documentary | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to ... See full summary »

Director: Benoît Pilon
Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Éveline Gélinas, Paul-André Brasseur
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Documentary - UK Once upon a time people made things with their hands, beautiful, intricate items like cane fishing rods and exotic salmon flies.

Directors: Heike Bachelier, Andy Heathcote
The Way Back I (2010)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell
The Beckoning Silence (TV Movie 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so... See full summary »

Director: Louise Osmond
Stars: Roger Schäli, Simon Anthamatten, Andreas Abegglen
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Viet Nam War.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies
Hunt (2012)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Elisapee spends the night hunting down her son Levi in the streets of Iqaluit.

Director: Jordan Tannahill
Stars: Annabella Piugattuk, Johnny Mark, Rosemary Kilpatrick


Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabella Piugattuk ...
Malcolm Scott ...
Brad Sihvon ...
Greg Spottiswood ...
Samson Jorah ...
Miner in Bar
Mariano Aupilardjuk ...
Peter Henry Arnatsiaq ...
Peter Ipkornerk ...
Inuit Snow Camp


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Their Fight For Survival Formed An Unbreakable Bond.


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

5 March 2004 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

The Snow Walker  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


CAD 10,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Guards armed with tranquilizer guns were on set to protect cast and crew from polar bears, one of which interrupted filming when it charged the set. See more »


When is snowing, where the plane is crushed, the snow doesn't touch the water. The water isn't disturbed. See more »


Kanaalaq: Walk well, my brother.
See more »


Edited into Make the Movie Live the Movie (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

24 February 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

We meet Charlie Halliday, a young bush pilot, as he and his friends are spending a night of drinking and just having fun. Halliday, and his friends, are mean toward one Inuit man that comes to the tavern trying to sell them a little animal skin. Little prepares this young man for what happens to him the following day.

Director Charles Martin Smith does wonders in this movie. The action takes us all over the Canadian arctic tundra. The director, and his cinematographers, captured in all its glory this part of the vast country most of us will never see. This movie celebrates the human instinct of survival and deals with how Halliday, a man who clearly shows his disdain toward the Inuit, at the beginning of the film, has to depend on a young girl that shows him a thing or two about how to survive in that hostile climate.

Barry Pepper surprises us in the film in the way he portrays Halliday. We see the transformation, for the better, as he realizes how his salvation depends on Kanaalaq. Annabella Pingattuk, who plays the young Inuit girl is an asset in the film. James Cromwell is seen as Shepherd, the man in charge of the pilots.

"The Snow Walker" shows a lesson in acceptance, and endurance when all hope is lost by a person. Thanks to Charles Martin Smith and his collaborators for a satisfying film.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
More films like this? BERSERKERpoetry
Other good Alaska/Northern Territories -movies..? the_nightfly
One of the best films ever Lovely_Drama
What was the gift he never opened bama1111
Where is this movie? tmb110
Funeral Poem soren7800
Discuss The Snow Walker (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: