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Ice Pawn (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 5 July 1989 (USA)
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 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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Alex Dalton is a pawn in a game of greed... and he's skating on thin ice. See more »


Drama | Sport


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English | Russian

Release Date:

5 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA See more »

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Dx3, Saint Cloud See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Incompetent Drivel
16 May 2004 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

Paul Cross plays an Olympic-caliber ice skater that runs afoul of the politics of the ice-skating establishment while getting involved in more than his share of intrigue. There are a few problems with this set-up right from the get-go. Mr. Cross is a barely competent skater and a less competent actor. And although his actions are heroic, his character comes across as such a smarty-pants that it is impossible to like him.

Now, it's time for some of this bargain-basement Gymkata's bad points. The disjointed stories move at paces ranging from molasses to snails. The lines are laughable. The direction is ponderous at best and incompetent at worst. Yes, that is burnt-out Dan Hagerty, also known as Grizzly Adams, as the Olympic Team coach. Chris Thomas supplies the only interesting moments in the film as the lead character's personal trainer -- a cross between Ian Holm from Chariots of Fire and Christopher Plummer from The Amateur -- both of which were MUCH better movies. Avoid this one as if it were the plague!

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