Young, beautiful, talented Alexis Winston comes from nowhere to become a figure skating superstar. But her rise to stardom isn’t easy. She has to push herself, reinvent herself, and most painfully of all, leave her hometown boyfriend behind. When a tragic fall leaves her blind, she needs someone to believe in her, to love her; someone to convince her she has the strength to skate and dream again. This heartwarming, inspirational, emotional remake of the 1978 Oscar® nominated romantic film (Best Original Song, "Through the Eyes" of Love") stars American Figure Skater Taylor Firth and features skating stars Molly Oberstar, NBC News Olympics Correspondent Andrea Joyce and Olympic Medalist Michelle Kwan. Experience the power and joy of true love…on and off the ice.
A remake of the 1978 Oscar-nominated film Ice Castles
, this 2010 film is a story about relationships and a love of ice-skating. Taylor Firth is American figure skater Lexi, a small-town skater whose last-minute decision to perform at invitationals earns her a once-in-a-lifetime chance to train with Boston coach Aiden (Morgan Kelly), compete at nationals, and maybe even make it to the Olympics. Lexi makes the difficult decision to leave her father (Henry Czerny) and boyfriend Nick (Rob Mayes) behind in order to travel to Boston and pursue her dream. She works harder than she's ever worked in her life, in hopes of unseating nationals favorite Carrie Turner (Molly Oberstar) and making coach Aiden proud. Meanwhile she struggles to stay connected with Nick and make sense of who she really is and what she wants in life. A freak accident puts Lexi's future as a skater at risk but eventually leads her to look within to discover an inner strength she never knew she possessed. This film combines some of Marvin Hamlisch's most moving music from the original movie, including Best Original Song nominee "Through the Eyes of Love," with more contemporary music by David Williams. Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan makes a brief appearance in the film, as does NBC Olympics correspondent Andrea Joyce. Bonus content includes a 12-minute featurette on the making of the film, with interview footage of director Donald Wrye, actress Lynn-Holly Johnson (who played Lexi in the 1978 version), Taylor Firth, Molly Oberstar, Rob Mayes, choreographers David Wilson and Sandra Bezic, and many others. There are also four deleted scenes. While this remake lacks the impact of the original film, in part because it follows a host of powerful skating movies, including the original Ice Castles
and the 2005 Ice Princess
, this 2010 Ice Castles
is nonetheless a powerful drama about following one's dreams and finding one's inner strength. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi