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Winter People (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 14 April 1989 (USA)
A young widower moves with his daughter into a North Carolina mountain town in 1934. He quickly takes up with a young woman with an illegitimate baby. First he must prove himself to her ... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

John Ehle (book), Carol Sobieski (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Wayland Jackson
Kelly McGillis ... Collie Wright
Lloyd Bridges ... William Wright
Mitchell Ryan ... Drury Campbell
Jeffrey Meek ... Cole Campbell
Don Michael Paul ... Young Wright
Lanny Flaherty ... Gudger Wright
Eileen Ryan ... Annie Wright
Amelia Burnette Amelia Burnette ... Paula Jackson
David Dwyer ... Milton Wright
Bill Gribble Bill Gribble ... Skeet Campbell
Wallace Merck ... Harmon Campbell
Walker Averitt Walker Averitt ... Margaret Campbell
Dashiell Coleman Dashiell Coleman ... Jonathan Wright
Barbara Freeman Barbara Freeman ... Mavis McGregor
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Storyline

A young widower moves with his daughter into a North Carolina mountain town in 1934. He quickly takes up with a young woman with an illegitimate baby. First he must prove himself to her father and her three brothers. He does so first by joining them on a bear hunt and then by designing a clock tower for the small community. Trouble comes when it is revealed that the baby's father is the demented son of a mean clan across the river and they mean to take the child back. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A passion so strong it kills.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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The first film produced by Castle Rock Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

Collie is begging daddy to let Wayland have a corner of the store to sell clocks; daddy walks into a sheep pen, denying her request. At 22:45 there is a cane hanging on the fence near the gate. At 23:00 she walks around the corner, stands where the cane had been but... no cane. See more »


Soundtracks

Lightning in a Bottle
Written by Jimmy Webb
Produced by Roscoe Beck (as Charles Roscoe Beck) and Jennifer Warnes
Performed by Jennifer Warnes
Courtesy of White Oak Songs
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Intelligent backwoods drama.....
12 February 2008 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis give believable performances in this rural drama. Tremendous North Carolina atmosphere and a fine score add immensely to the film. Some may find it a bit slow, but those willing to watch and listen, will be rewarded. "Winter People" does not follow any typical feuding families formula, but carves new ground, with sacrifice instead of shoot outs. Anyone expecting a "Deliverance" clone would be advised to seek out "Hunter's Blood" and leave "Winter People" to those who appreciate a quieter, more thought provoking movie. Definitely recommended for couples viewing as there is enough depth to maintain interest for everyone. - MERK


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter People See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$743,032, 16 April 1989

Gross USA:

$2,023,282

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,023,282
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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