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In the year 1917 a young boy decides that he's going to run the Iditarod dog sled race, a long distace sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. The race must be completed sometime between 9-15 days after the start, and our young hero Will Stoneman is just a young kid without any of the rough and tumble that he's going to need to make it to the end alive.

The plot starts out with Will Stoneman, left as the man of the house with his father's death. If he wants to maintain the home, and take care of his mother, he's going to need money. To that end he enters the Iditarod race, hoping that he'll be able to make it. Though it's hard when he starts, Will reaches down deep into reserves of strength and grit that he didn't even know he has to become first a serious competitor, and then the eventual victor of the race. It does more than make him tough, it shows him what's important in life and in the end turns him into the man he'll need to be in order to hold his own in the world he's been thrust into.

Iron Will was made by Walt Disney Studios, and it took in over $20 million at the box office. It took an already heroic story from the history books (or at least based off of the events of one year's Iditarod race) and then breathed life into it for the audiences to see. Viewers could follow the harrowing tale of Will as he became a sensation in the papers, surprising even seasoned Iditarod veterans as he and his team of dogs ran and ran, through snow, sleet and plummeting temperatures that should, by all rights, have killed them. But, as the name of the film implies, Will found inside himself a core of iron that let him just keep on going to the finish line.

PG
| 1994 | 1 hr 48 min | 6.6/10 | 56/100
Cast
Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, August Schellenberg
Director
Charles Haid
Produced By
Patrick J. Palmer, James Ployhar, Robert Schwartz, George Zepp
Language
English
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Also directed by Charles Haid

Also starring Mackenzie Astin

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