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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 »


Ted Kotcheff


John Ehle (book), Carol Sobieski (screenplay)




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


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.




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The first film produced by Castle Rock Entertainment. See more »


1:10:45 Cole's horse dragged him to Collie's house; Wayland sees Cole's body, with his right arm curled behind his head. 1:10:58 Wayland approaches the body and Cole's right arm is now extended above his head. See more »


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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Wonderful Story
29 April 2006 | by skeeter70See all my reviews

I live here where they filmed the movie and I thought it was wonderful, the story was a wonderful setting for a romance and I thought the way they met and grew to love one another was outstanding. Even though the murder took place it showed what all they were willing to sacrifice for love. The way the family takes him in as a part of them at the beginning except for one brother and the way he begins to trust him is even as touching. The bear hut I thought was true to life as everyone here has mostly been and the producers and directors kept it true to life. We had a couple of our own hometown folks in the movie, the older men on the porch of the store, added more depth and made us proud. I guess in some ways we are portrayed as "bumpkins" still but I guess in a lot of ways we are and it shows how we live here... or families are all close and loving, never turn our back on our loved ones and I like how the movie shows us.

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Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$743,032, 16 April 1989

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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