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Ice Pawn (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama , Sport
A young man sets out to become a champion ice skater to win the Olympic gold medal, only his promoter, as well as his coach, sponsors, and father want to use him for their own advantage to make money from his newfound publicity.


Barry Samson


Paul Cross


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Cross ... Alex Dalton
Dan Haggerty ... Edgar Dalton
Robert Budaska Robert Budaska ... Tom Bryant
Chris Thomas Chris Thomas ... Brian Burke
Kellee Sweeney ... Chris Samson (as Kelly Sweeney)
Clif Willis Clif Willis ... Bill DeWitt
David Cameron David Cameron ... Ray Everette
Patrick Brault Patrick Brault ... Mark McNaulty
Gary Kemp ... Misha Orlov
Jayne Samson Jayne Samson ... Katherine Sterling
Michael Westburg Michael Westburg ... Jim Rowe
Rozsa Horvath Rozsa Horvath ... Erica Johnson
Steven Pearce Steven Pearce ... Burt, Jim Rowe's Coach
Larisa Geudernauk Larisa Geudernauk ... Larisa Marakov
Nicole Bobek Nicole Bobek ... Marti


Alex Dalton is a 30-year-old airplane mechanic who dreams of winning the gold medal in Olympic figure skating, but is troubled by his past after walking out of a competition against a rival Russian figure staking. Alex's dreams put a strain on his demanding father Edgar who wants him to abandon his dreams to help him run his mechanic business. Then, a shady business manager, named Brian Burke, offers to sponsor Alex for him to achieve his dream, but as a cost of firing his old coach Tom Bryant. With a sponsor, a new coach, and publicity, Alex sees his dream coming true, only to soon learn that his sponsor and new coach plan to fix the judging of all the figure skating competitions so they can use Alex and his newfound fame for personal gain. Written by matt-282

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A Dream Come True... Turned Into the Nightmare of His Life. See more »


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English | Russian

Filming Locations:

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA See more »

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Dx3,Saint Cloud See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Ice Pawn
26 March 2007 | by Tigereyez-2See all my reviews

This film is about a figure skater named Alex Dalton (Paul Cross) who is getting too old to compete. His lifelong dream was to win the Olympics, and his die-hard ambition drives him to never give up.

Alex works as an airplane mechanic, which pays for his passion for skating. With his mother deceased, his father is the only relative he has close to him (played by Dan Haggerty), but does not support his skating.

Alex is approached by a rich investor one day who has taken notice to him and wants to sponsor him, but he makes Alex sign a contract that says Alex must pay him a large percent of what he would make if he wins the Olympics. To ensure Alex's victory, he then goes about fixing the competition so that Alex wins.

Alex finds out about the rigging of the competition and pretends that he's taking drugs to fool everyone into thinking that will be disqualified, which makes everyone else bet on other competitors to win. Then, in his moment of truth, Alex pulls off a Triple Axel and wins on his own merit. The character of Alex Dalton, superbly acted by Paul Cross is a great example of perseverance in the face of corruption, following the dreams in your heart, and winning when everyone thinks you're just an underdog. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to enjoy a real story about life and what happens when decisions are put in front of you when choices have to be made.

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