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Iron Will [VHS]

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Manufacturer: Walt Disney Home Video
Publisher: Walt Disney Home Video
Starring: Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, August Schellenberg, Brian Cox
Directed By: Charles Haid

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Product Description:
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Binding: VHS Tape
EAN: 9786303109916
Feature: VHS
Format: Closed-captioned
ISBN: 1558907564
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Walt Disney Home Video
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Home Video
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 1994
Publisher: Walt Disney Home Video
Release Date: 1995-01-26
Running Time: 109
Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
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Iron Will
Editorial Review:
A rousing Disney dog-sled adventure based on a real life event -- a 522-mile dog-sled race between Winnipeg, Canada and St. Paul, Minnesota that occurred in 1917. When his father is accidentally killed, South Dakota farmboy Will Stoneman Mackenzie Astin decides to enter the dog-sled race in order to save his family from financial ruin. His mother Penelope Windust wants Will to use part of the prospective $10,000 race winnings for college, but Will just wants to save the farm. With the help of Indian handyman Ned Dodd August Schellenberg, Will begins to train for the race. But the rich mogul underwriting the race, J.P. Harper David Ogden Stiers, doesn't want Will to enter, thinking the competition too arduous and too dangerous for such a young boy. To Will's aid comes yellow journalist Harry Kingsley Kevin Spacey, who convinces Harper to permit Will to enter the race. But Harry also has his own agenda -- he sees a great story in Will and thinks it will sell newspapers and advance his journalistic career. With his father's best dog Gus at the head of his dog team, Will is ready and determined to win the race. But Will discovers that winning the race is only half his battle. Dealing with the petty and malevolent human beings involved in the race -- in particular, the egotistical Scandinavian champion Borg Guillarson George Gerdes and the wealthy gambler Angus McTeague Brian Cox -- prove to be as much of a challenge to his mettle than any natural obstacles Will might encounter.
A complete lack of imagination is what qualifies this as a B movie. Thankfully, this snowy adventure about a boy and his dogs is charming enough to entice the kiddies. Charismatic MacKenzie Astin plays a teenager trying to save the family farm by entering a 522-mile sled-dog marathon. Except for Astin, the lusciously scenic background has more depth than most of the characters. This is so predictable you could take a nap and miss nothing except a few rousing scenes in the 1917 Winnipeg-to-St.-Paul sled race. Although this is visually more appealing than most family fare, one wishes more attention had been paid to the script. --Rochelle O'Gorman
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