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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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Charles Haid
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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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It's not a question of age. Or strength. Or ability. It's a matter of will. 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:

Voluntad de hierro 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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Runtime:

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

When the two remaining competitors coming through the woods, a row of modern telephone poles is visible. See more »

Quotes

Will Stoneman: Mom, I want to feel alive. I want to feel like Dad's alive, right here. And I don't. I don't. Mom, he was going to do this for me. Now, let me do it for him.
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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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Go on, let the tagline decieve you... it's worth it, though it's not exactly true.
18 January 2002 | by anya_angieSee all my reviews

Being that I like to wonder about what really happened in historical films, I had been curious about what really happened in that race. I did everything I could to find out about the "real Will" and found out some interesting information. On a history of dog-sledding site it is said that the race made famous was dramatized in the movie Iron Will, was loosely based. That's an understatement. They change the hero's name from Frederick S. Hartman to Will Stoneman. It's not so bad, I love the movie it's excellent, and I suppose if they had kept the ending to what really happened it wouldn't have been so inspiring (nothing melancholy, but Frederick actually lost the race). What I like about Disney films is that they have some theme to it. Writers and English Lit teachers know what I am talking about: An inner meaning that the writers have inside the story. You see this over and over again in movies, and Disney is excellent at it.

The acting is great, the screenplay is all right, history aside it's not too bad. After all, history can be bleak sometimes, and hope springs eternal, we can always dream and imagine right? For film score fans like me, the music, which I always am interested in, is not so bad, the main theme is nice, but it's not as good as the music from Interview With The Vampire or Forrest Gump.

Bottom line, don't be taken too much by the tagline about it being a "true story;" if you do research you will be disappointed. Other than that, see it if you haven't yet. It's excellent. Just because it has hardly anything to do with the truth doesn't mean it's not a great movie.


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