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Aspen Extreme (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 22 January 1993 (USA)
T.J. and his friend Dexter quit their jobs in Detroit to become ski-instructors in Aspen. While T.J. advances to the most popular instructor of the school during the season, he has to take ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Gross ... T.J. Burke
Peter Berg ... Dexter Rutecki
Finola Hughes ... Bryce Kellogg
Teri Polo ... Robin Hand
William Russ ... Dave Ritchie
Trevor Eve ... Karl Stall
Martin Kemp ... Franz Hauser
Stewart Finlay-McLennan ... Rudy Zucker
Tony Griffin Tony Griffin ... Gary Eimiller
Julie Royer Julie Royer ... Michelle Proux
Patrick T. Johnson Patrick T. Johnson ... Bill Swanson
William McNamara ... Todd Pounds
Gary Eimiller Gary Eimiller ... Jinx Stone
Andy Mill Andy Mill ... Himself
Bill Ferrell ... Official


T.J. and his friend Dexter quit their jobs in Detroit to become ski-instructors in Aspen. While T.J. advances to the most popular instructor of the school during the season, he has to take care for Dexter, who's future is less bright and who's eventually thinking about jobbing as drug courier - bringing their friendship to a test. Meanwhile the rich business woman Brice supports T.J. in his writing ambitions and invites him to live at her home. But in her absence he falls in love with the stunningly beautiful blond radio moderator Robin. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two friends looking for adventure discover extreme skiing, wealth and seduction. Now they face the greatest challenge of their lives! See more »


Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language, drug content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A léc hátán is megélnek See more »

Filming Locations:

Aspen, Colorado, USA See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The radio station in the movie, KSPN, is a real radio station in Aspen. The equipment used for the KSPN studio, however, was actually outdated and unused equipment from KMTS in nearby Glenwood Springs. See more »


When the two arrive in Aspen from Detroit, they have the scenic Maroon Bells behind them. The road behind them doesn't go to Detroit, it continues for about a mile and ends at the Maroon Bells Wilderness. They would have been looking at a bunch of trees. Also, the road has a bunch of snow on it but in the next scene, where they show Ajax, there's no snow on the road. See more »


T.J. Burke: Skiing's the easy part, Carl.
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Referenced in Californication: The Way of the Fist (2012) See more »


The Driver (Pt. II)
Written by Hans Zimmer, Trevor Horn and Terry Reid
Performed by Terry Reid
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Aspen Extreme to me is a genuine classic
13 April 2008 | by camelbone24See all my reviews

Aspen Extreme to me is a genuine classic in that it is one of only few movies that best depicts the cultural, demographic and geographic way of life in a Rocky mountain secluded super ski resort town in the beautiful state of Colorado. In addition, the story itself portrays harmoniously with the real life vision of a young adventurous individual who has made exactly the same decisions that Gross' and Berg's characters had made. Surely there could be equivocal view points to the writer's main intent, however, anyone who has followed, skied or rode the same tracks as Gross' and Berg's characters instantly familiarizes with the care that is taken by the writer in exploiting the liberating experience of leaving home to enter into a world of majestic beauty mixed with a sport that people with a similar passion and drive share interest in. The story as well as the visual effects consistently draw back on the natural grandeur and beauty of the Rockies as well as the emotional evolution that takes place with each changing season while living in such a town that many consider to be a life influencing period in time.

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