Chris Nashawaty
June 10, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Iron Will

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
MacKenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, Brian Cox, David Ogden Stiers
director
Charles Haid
genre
ActionAdventure, Kids and Family

We gave it an B+

Ethan Hawke-look-alike Mackenzie Astin plays Will Stoneman who, in 1917, enters a treacherous 500-mile dogsled race from Winnipeg to St. Paul for a $10,000 prize. Chock-full of rugged and unspoiled winter landscapes (unfortunately diminished on a TV screen) and set to a sweeping score, Iron Will is part The Natural, part The Waltons at the Iditarod. And while this family film is as sappy as a Vermont maple, it’s still a real heartwarmer. B+

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