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Trapped: Buried Alive (2002)

Michael Cooper (Wagner) launches a daring rescue mission to save his wife, daughter and the other occupants of a ski lodge hit by an avalanche and engulfed in snow.


Doug Campbell


Tim McKay




Credited cast:
Jack Wagner ... Michael Cooper
Gabrielle Carteris ... Emily Cooper
Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Reno Riley
Morgan Rusler ... A.J.
JJ Snyder ... Clair
Aubrey Dollar ... Paige
John J. Fleming John J. Fleming ... Karl (as John Fleming)
Wendy Davis ... Monique
Mike Graybeal Mike Graybeal ... Alex
Phil Coccioletti Phil Coccioletti ... Danny
Frank T. Wells Frank T. Wells ... Finley
Edsel Hughes Edsel Hughes ... Stanley
Celeste Oliva ... News Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brendan Charles Brendan Charles ... Skier


The management of a ski resort blatantly ignores a local expert's warning that a mass of snow has build up which is just waiting to come down the ski slopes in a terrible avalanche. Instead of clearing the endangered area, skiers are allowed to remain 'for the rest of the day'. Nature doesn't wait till after business hours, so the crystallized wave rushes down and crushes everything on its path, including a brand new hotel; among the guests is the architect Michael Cooper's own family, which now tries to remember the plans well enough to find the way out, as he tries to instruct the rescue operation above, where a second, even larger avalanche is expected. Written by KGF Vissers

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A thundering roar. A flash from above. A family buried alive. Now, can a mother's spirit and a father's courage save them before it is too late?




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Filmed at the Inn of the Six Mountains in Killington, Vermont. See more »


Obvious fake snow during interior shots; including numerous discrepancies as to how snow behaves. See more »

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Entertianing for the most part
21 May 2002 | by Brianweimer73See all my reviews

Trapped beneath the snow is mildly entertaining if you happen to have two hours with nothing better to do. Jack Wagner (Trapped in Space, Nowhere to Land) stars as a father who is on vacation with his new wife and teenage daughter at a mountain resort. Through a series of planned detonations, an avalanche is triggered, coming right down on the resort where people are inside, including Wagner's wife and daughter. Most of the film is dedicated to Wagner and a group of men trying to rescue the trapped victims. The most exciting scenes involve the avalanche, watching the powerful ice descent down the mountain. The special effects are done very well, and these scenes are very realistic, similiar to those in Vertical Limit. There is also a subplot between the teenage daughter and stepmom. The daughter's real mom has died relatively recently, and she refuses to accept her dad's new wife. There are some good emotional moments throughout the movie. The acting is decent, and the movie has an overall feel of a movie of the week, but it's enjoyable.

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1 February 2002 (USA) See more »

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