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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 »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure action | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iron Will See more »

Filming Locations:

Bingham, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,313,406, 17 January 1994

Gross USA:

$21,006,361

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,006,361
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

After Will crashes after dodging the "Army" truck. It is revealed that there is a Marine recruiting poster on the side of the truck. (The US Marines would never advertise on an army truck.) There is certainly a competitiveness in today's U.S. armed services; back in 1917 President Woodrow Wilson created the Committee On Public Information. This committee tasked "The Society of Illustrators" out of New York to create artwork that illustrated the demands that the Great War was placing on America and on American servicemen and women. These pieces of public art were created by some 300 of America's top designer's and were ordered to be placed on "every" wall and publicly viewable surface. Given the great need for the American public to support the war effort during The Great War, it is not unreasonable that an Army vehicle would show it's patriotism by sporting a U.S. Marine recruitment poster. See more »

Quotes

Harry Kingsley: Once in a generation an athlete pits himself against such overwhelming odds that even the most jaded spectator finds himself cheering breathlessly.
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Crazy Credits

The first name of the reporter Harry Kingsley (played by Kevin Spacey) appears in the end credits as "Kermit". See more »

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

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Awesome, Great, Inspirational, Heroic etc etc.
8 August 2004 | by anshul_shrivastavaSee all my reviews

Awesome movie, In the same league as Rocky. Just too good. A must watch.

After his dad "buys the farm" in a tragic dogsledding accident, it's up to young Will Stoneman (Mackenzie Astin) to pay off the mortgage. And there's only one way to do it: Win a $10,000 prize in a 500-mile dogsled race. David Ogden Stiers is the railroad magnate who puts up the prize money, and August Schellenberg is the sage Indian who helps the plucky lad develop an iron will to win.

There was one more hero in this movie apart from Mackenzie Astin, the Dog "Gus" which in the movie was his father's favourite dog. The dog was really terrific.


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