Ice Castles (1978)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance, Sport

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A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to ... See full summary »




  • Lynn-Holly Johnson in Ice Castles (1978)
  • Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson in Ice Castles (1978)
  • Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson in Ice Castles (1978)
  • Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson in Ice Castles (1978)
  • Colleen Dewhurst in Ice Castles (1978)
  • Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson in Ice Castles (1978)

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22 November 2002 | jonpd
Depressing Yet Good
I am not going to lie, this film is utterly depressing. The dreary atmosphere and the sad love story come together and make our tears flow. Simple story concerning a young girl who vows to become a professional ice skater, the boy she loves, and the tragedy that follows. Good performances from Skerritt and Dewhurst as usual, average from Benson and the rest of the cast. The finale is a real tearjerker, featuring the wonderful Melissa Manchester song. Though the film is somewhat predictable and extremely corny, it is still a good little film made with good intentions. 7/10

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Did You Know?


Many of the ice scenes were filmed at the old Met Center in Bloomington, MN - former home of the Minnesota North Stars NHL franchise prior to their move to Dallas. The ice there was considered some of the best kept ice in the nation, owing to the type of refrigerant system used and the staff who maintained it. The Met Center was considered to be one of the finest arenas in the NHL for many years, both for its sightlines, and its ice surface. Among NHL players, the Met was known for fast ice, and the best lighting, among other factors.


Nick Peterson: Hey, Charlie.
Charlie: Hi, Nick.
Nick Peterson: How ya doin'?
Charlie: Beats the hell out of me. Hey, what are *you* doin' home?
Nick Peterson: Beats the hell out of me.
Charlie: Hey, Beulah, rack 'em up! Come on!
Nick Peterson: Howdy, Les.
Les: Hey! Nick, what the hell are *you* doin' here?
Nick Peterson: Beats the hell out of me.
Alexis Winston: Nick! ...


Lexie competes in the sectionals, not wanting the judges or audience to know that she has lost most of her sight. However, there is no way she could credibly compete in the compulsory figures section of the competition, that portion which is a highly visual exercise of needing to be able to see the carvings in the ice.

Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear to be in black-and-white, but if you look carefully, you can see the pink face and yellow hair of Lynn-Holly Johnson as she is skating.


Through the Eyes of Love
(Theme from
Ice Castles (1978))
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Melissa Manchester


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Drama | Romance | Sport

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