MacGyver (1985–1992)

Out in the Cold 

A Mob informant hides some microfilm on MacGyver, who is on a ski vacation. An avalanche that buries MacGyver prevents the Mob from getting to him, but not for long.


Cliff Bole


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Stephen Kronish | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Jack
Deborah Wakeham ... Ski Patrolwoman
Robert Pastorelli ... Arnie
Michael Constantine ... Sam Leland
Demetre Phillips Demetre Phillips ... Willie
Michael Corbett ... Phil


A certain Phil is followed by the gang men of mob boss Sam Leland, who have orders to get hold of an incriminating microfilm and kill him, so he hides it in a ski stick which he exchanges after deliberately bumping into Mac, who took reluctant and wining boss Pete to spend their 'bonus' vacation on the ski piste. First Max and the the stick get buried in an avalanche, but he cleverly finds a way to indicate where he is trapped. After the rescue, Pete stupidly breaks his foot, so Mac has to nurse the demanding, grumpy boss 'without fussing' over him and his cask. Then the criminals try kidnapping first Mac, who gets away, and then Pete, so Mac comes to the rescue, and discovers the stick is the key... Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis








Release Date:

16 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Snow Summit, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


While holding Pete hostage, Leland's wife asks him to bring home some milk. After putting down the phone he looks at Pete and his men and says, "The sword of Socrates is hanging over me and she asks for milk!" Socrates was of course a Greek philosopher. The sword Leland is referring to is the sword of Damocles, featured in a 4th century B.C. story of the same name where Damocles, the king of Syracuse, who once had a servant sit underneath a sword suspended over him, held in place by a single strand of human hair. See more »


After MacGyver and Phil have their run in and the ski poles get switched, MacGyver starts skiing back down the mountain. Phil tries to escape from Willie, but as he does, Willie shoots him and he crashes. As Willie is searching Phils' body for the microfilm, MacGyver suddenly appears on the mountain above them and skis past without seeing either of them. There was no way that MacGyver had enough time to ski down the mountain, take the lift back to the top and then ski halfway down the mountain, and pass them both of them again in a matter of a few minutes. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] Steppin' into a pair of skis and pointing 'em straight downhill may be as close as you can get to flying... without completely leaving the ground. Every Winter, millions of people enjoy being out on the slopes. Ya might not think Pete Thornton would be one of them.
[watching Pete take a fall]
MacGyver: And you'd be right.
See more »


Featured in MacGyver: D. O. A.: MacGyver (1987) See more »


MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed