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.
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
It's not a question of age. Or strength. Or ability. It's a matter of will.
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Did You Know?
The movie is a fictionalized account of the 1917 Winnipeg-to-St. Paul dog-sled race, sponsored by the Great Northern Railway. The main character in the movie, Will Stoneman, is based on two real-life participants in the 1917 race: Albert Campbell, the eventual winner, a mixed-blood Cree trapper from Manitoba who endured harassment from his racist white competitors throughout the race; and Fred Hartman, one of only two American participants, was touted as a hero during the race by American newspapers. His sled dogs fought among themselves and his lead dog was killed. The other American racer dropped out two days before the finish but Fred continued, coming in last and then collapsed. J.W. Harper, the president of the St. Paul Winter Carnival in the movie, is based on Louis W. Hill, son of railroad magnate James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern Railroad. 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, do you plan to continue with the race?
The first name of the reporter Harry Kingsley (played by Kevin Spacey) appears in the end credits as "Kermit". See more