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Iron Will (1994)

A brave young man is thrust into adulthood as he and his courageous team of sled dogs embark on a grueling and treacherous cross-country marathon.

Director:

Charles Haid

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mackenzie Astin ... Will Stoneman
Kevin Spacey ... Harry Kingsley
David Ogden Stiers ... J.W. Harper
August Schellenberg ... Ned Dodd
Brian Cox ... Angus McTeague
George Gerdes ... Borg Guillarson
John Terry ... Jack Stoneman
Penelope Windust ... Maggie Stoneman
Jeffrey Alan Chandler ... DeFontaine
Michael Laskin ... Simon Lambert
James Cada James Cada ... Peter Swenson
Rex Linn ... Joe McPherson
Allan R.J. Joseph Allan R.J. Joseph ... Albert Carey
Alvin William 'Dutch' Lunak Alvin William 'Dutch' Lunak ... Gabriel Carey
Tony Griffin Tony Griffin ... Mike Riley
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Storyline

When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will require days of racing for long hours, through harsh weather and terrain. This young man will need a lot of courage and a strong will to complete this race. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

The Uplifting True-Life Story Of Courage, Determination And Triumph! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Bedford, owner of Black Ice Dog Sledding Equipment and real-life dog sledder, did the mushing for "Borg" throughout the movie. He used his own 7-dog team led by "Chase", a malamute. Filming his scenes took 3 months. David's wife Shilon helped to establish the Minnesota Malamute Club See more »

Goofs

The USPO bags seen on the sled in the opening scene are genuine, #3 Canvas sacks. But when an overhead shot shows "5 - 66" stenciled on a bag, this is referring to the date the bag entered service -- May of 1966. See more »

Quotes

Harry Kingsley: Boy's got integrity.
Racer: You'll cure him of that in no time.
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Crazy Credits

The character played by David Ogden Stiers is misspelled in the end credits as "J. P. Harper" despite being referred to as "J. W." throughout the movie. See more »

User Reviews

 
One Of Disney's Better Efforts
22 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

How much of this story is true is up for dispute. I suspect most of it is highly exaggerated. Nonetheless, it is inspirational and fun to watch: an excellent adventure tale.

The movie reminded me of "White Fang" with the winter scenery and the young hero, played by MacKenzie Astin, looking and sounding much like Ethan Hawke. The story was simply about a dog-sled race in the early part of the 20th century.

The picture is beautifully shot, especially the train scenes, and looks very good on DVD. The villains in here aren't as despicable as in other films, so it's more pleasant to watch. I enjoyed the entire story except for the whistling at the finish line which was a bit stupid, but that's minor.

This is one of Disney's better efforts.


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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iron Will See more »

Filming Locations:

Bingham, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,313,406, 17 January 1994

Gross USA:

$21,006,361

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,006,361
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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