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Iron Will (1994)

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 ... See full summary »


Charles Haid

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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


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


Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Voluntad de hierro See more »

Filming Locations:

Bingham, Maine, USA See more »


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much of the movie was filmed in northern Minnesota near the town of Duluth. Many of Duluth's citizens were extras in the movie, a large number at the end of the race See more »


As Will and his team approach St. Paul, they are surrounded by steep hills (which exist in Northern Minnesota, the filming location, but not near St. Paul) See more »


Will Stoneman: Do you think I can do this?
Ned Dodd: Matters most what you think.
Will Stoneman: I think you should come, is what I think.
Ned Dodd: Be strong boy. Be brave. Your father will be with you always. He lives in your dreams. Trust the dogs. Trust yourself.
Will Stoneman: I will.
Ned Dodd: When you come to face the thing you fear let the Creator guide you.
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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 »


Featured in Troldspejlet: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1995) See more »

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Pleasant Family Fare!
22 July 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

Iron Will is a good, predictable film that you can immediately tell it's a Disney-produced film because of the inner deep meanings that are essential with all Disney films. This is a movie that is good for all ages. I saw this in 5th grade, and I just saw it again many years later and still thoroughly enjoyed it. It's very predictable but if you don't think and just watch, this movie will be good.

Charles Haid's film is a coming-of-age story about a kid who recently lost his father due to a tragedy and his farm is in danger of being foreclosed. He enters a dogsled race that's eerily similar to the Iditarod and his goal is to win the top prize that will allow him to keep the farm and go to college.

The acting isn't all that bad. Mackenzie Astin does okay with what he got to work with. Kevin Spacey is magnificent as always. I always love when Brian Cox plays a slimy guy because he is so good at doing it.

Overall, this is your typical Disney film. It's family-friendly and it features many adorable dogs. Speaking of dogs, I do like that Gus(the lead dog on dog team). He's a courageous little guy. Despite the film being predictable, I still hung on to all the tense moments. It's a good, little-known film that people should see. I rate this film 8/10.

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