PG | | Adventure, Family
A brave young man is thrust into adulthood as he and his courageous team of sled dogs embark on a grueling and treacherous cross-country marathon.
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 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.
You're not so bad after all.
Harry Kingsley: Don't go soft on me, kid.
At the train station when Will is leaving, his hair alternately switches between slicked back and hanging down framing his face.
The first name of the reporter Harry Kingsley (played by Kevin Spacey) appears in the end credits as "Kermit".
$5,313,406 17 January 1994
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