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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 David Dwyer ... Milton Wright
Bill Gribble Bill Gribble ... Skeet Campbell
Wallace Merck Wallace Merck ... Harmon Campbell
Walker Averitt Walker Averitt ... Margaret Campbell
Walter Averitt Walter Averitt ... Margaret Campbell (as Walker Averitt)
Dashiell Coleman Dashiell Coleman ... Jonathan Wright
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter People - Wie ein Blatt im Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$743,032, 14 April 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,023,282
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Strong characters the focus of this exciting drama
6 January 2006 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Deceptively marketed as a "Deliverance" retread, it has, in fact, more in common with Peter Weir's "Witness" and Richard Pearce's "Heartland". Kurt Russell plays Wayland Jackson, a humble widower who begins a new life with his daughter in North Carolina. When he meets and falls in love with Collie Wright (Kelly McGilis), he must prove his mettle to her father (Lloyd Bridges) and deal with local animosity towards him.

Director Ted Kotcheff, who also made "First Blood", "Uncommon Valor" and the brilliant "Split Image", a scathing look at a religious sect, brings his considerable experience with personal politics to this well made, beautifully acted, snow-bound drama.

The film's last act is where the violence flares and the stage is set for several bloody, taut altercations. The film, however, never loses sight of its personal story and focuses closely on the courage and resilience of good, honest folk.

John Scott's score is hypnotic.


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