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Ordeal in the Arctic (1993)

A Canadian military flight from Greenland to Canada crashes in the frozen arctic, nearby Alert base in Nunavut, and the survivors must endure for 32 hours until rescued.

Director:

Mark Sobel

Writers:

Robert Mason Lee (nonfiction book "Death and Deliverance"), Paul F. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Captain John Couch
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Captain Wilma De Groot
Melanie Mayron ... Susan 'Sue' Hillier
Scott Hylands ... Fred Ritchie
Page Fletcher ... Lieutenant Joe Bales
Christopher Bolton ... Lieutenant Michael 'Mike' Moore
Richard McMillan ... (as Richard MacMillan)
Robert Clinton ... Sergeant Paul West
Blair Haynes Blair Haynes ... Master Corporal Roland 'Rollie' Petrie
Stephen Sparks Stephen Sparks ... Master Corporal Tony Cobden
Brian Jensen Brian Jensen ... Master Corporal David 'Dave' Meace
Steve Adams ... Private Bill Vance
David Cameron David Cameron ... Master Corporal Mario Ellefsen (as Daivd Cameron)
Mark Gibbon ... Master Seaman Douglas 'Monty' Montgomery
David McNally David McNally ... Master Warrant Officer Marc Tremblay
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Storyline

Everybody expected military flight Boxtop 22 from Thule into the vast frozen wilderness of Canada's North Western territories to be boring routine, but in a matter of minutes a crash reduces Gulf War veteran pilot Captain John Couch's crew and passengers to ever-growing despair. First they consider themselves relatively lucky as 14 out of 18 aboard are alive, including Captain Wilma De Groot, a medical doctor, but as time progresses the merciless cold makes it seem hopeless to check on Bob and Sue, who cannot be moved near the only campfire, while rescue attempts on land from Alert ('only' about 10 miles) and by air from Edmonton (8 hours flying) take no less then 32 hours to reach the plane wreck... Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Gevangen tussen ijs en vuur (Trapped between ice and fire)

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a prolonged life threatening situation, and some language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alarm i Arktis See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Realistic downed plane rescue ...............
21 September 2009 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Because the story actually happened, those that demand a certain amount of realism, will not be disappointed. It is quite easy to sensationalize, or add things to enhance the drama in this type of film. Fortunately none of that happens, and "Ordeal in the Arctic" sticks with the facts. Richard Chamberlin gives a heartfelt performance as the guilt ridden pilot. The rest of the crew and passengers are simply heads in the snow, slowly freezing to death. The rescue effort overcomes difficult obstacles, and never doubts their success. Most dialog is aimed at keeping alive, and the overwhelming desperation of the situation is portrayed to perfection. - MERK


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