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Rugged Gold

Art Hindle , Graham Greene , Michael Anderson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Art Hindle, Graham Greene, Jill Eikenberry
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TNS3IQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,581 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inspired by a true story and based on the adventure novel, Rugged Gold follows Martha Martin's (Golden Globe® winner Jill Eikenberry) courageous journey in the Alaskan wilderness. A widowed socialite raising Lloyd, her son, Martha finds love again with Don, a rugged outdoorsman who convinces her to move north. When Lloyd and Don go missing during a dangerous earthquake, Martha is forced to endure an Alaskan winter on her own. Carried by her unwavering will to live, Martha's tale of survival is an uplifting experience for the entire family. Co-starring Dances With Wolves' Graham Greene.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring March 4, 2012
This is a true story and a testimony to the indomitable spirit of one woman. Raised in high society, she courts and marries a gold miner from Alaska. Removed from her familiar life style, she finds herself in the rough, alien environment of Alaska's pre-state frontier Territory.

Learning to cope isn't easy at first. With time though Martha venerates the title 'pioneer woman' with characteristic independence and enthusiasm that typifies frontier settlers.

While adapting to her new home she became seriously wounded during an earthquake while her husband at the same time becomes injured and unable to return home. To make matters worse, she faces a winter alone and pregnant. Unaware of the fate of her husband and completely isolated from another human being she successfully prepares for winter and deliveres her child alone.

Finding courage in her Christian faith, she survives the winter holding on to a hope that her husband would return to her after the ice leaves. Over time she discovers a deep abiding love for the wild frontier she calls home.

I highly recommend this film to women who love true adventure stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugged Gold May 3, 2011
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I have a rare copy of "O' Rugged Land of Gold" which this movie was made. I viewed the movie when it first aired on TV and since then have watched the video and DVD versions, and read the book, many times over. This is the wonderful true story about Martha Martin and how she and her son came to live in Alaska with her new husband. Martha endured many hardships that were conquered through self-taught survival skills. This is probably Jill Eikenberry's best movie role.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha Martin was the pen name of Helen Bolyan April 7, 2013
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The book that this movie is based off of, O Rugged Land of Gold, was written by my great grandmother (under the pen name Martha Martin, real name was Helen Bolyan). Lloyd's name is really Clyde, my grandfather. I asked him after the movie first came out and we watched it, if he was as much of a brat as he was portrayed in the movie and he told me he was always a good boy. But the twinkle in his eye made me think otherwise :-)

My grandfather was born in 1915. The book states that my great grandmother complied events from her life to write the story. The movie loosely portrayed the book, for example the set it in the 50s. My dad was born in 43, so my grandpa couldn't have been a little boy in the 50s :-) There really was a mine. It's located on the Chichagoff Island. You can read how it came to be here:


Keep in mind the movie was filmed in New Zealand, there are no possums in Alaska :-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY LOOSLEY BASED on a true story! July 30, 2013
By Jmo67
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This movie is supposed to be "based on a true story" but very loosley based I would say! If you have never read the book this movie might be ok at best. The book "O Rugged Land Of Gold", set in the early 1900's not midcentury like portrayed in this movie. There is so little actual truth to this movie that is like another story altogether. The main character (Jill Eikenberry) acting is morose and unbelieable. The son (Lloyd) is disrespectful to adults and lied for his mother which she thanked him for! Pathetic excuse for a family movie, whether you have read the book or not. I loved the book though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent wilderness survival tale July 13, 2014
The story portrays a socialite, rich woman who meets an Alaskan gold prospector and their struggles to make a life in the harshness of the Alaskan frontier. When her son goes missing and her husband goes off to find him, the woman undergoes the greatest test of her entire life, as for months she fends for herself, deals with injuries and has a baby.

While the movie is good and does an excellent job at keeping your interest, even if you hadn't seen on the credits that this is a family channel movie, you'd know it as it's quite obviously a low budget cable movie. One can't help but wonder what might have transpired for the story had there been a bigger budget. Perhaps we could have also seen her husband and son's struggle to survive after they became lost, since it's mentioned at the end that her husband had even worse injuries and an even greater difficult path to survival with only her son to help keep them both alive. I certainly would have enjoyed seeing that right alongside the woman's struggle rather than ONLY seeing her difficulties.

Also, if the husband and son had such a perilous experience and it was the son who kept the husband alive, why at the end does the son look like he's just been playing in the snow for a couple hours? His leather fringe jacket had a couple more fringe strands broken off than before, but that's it. Otherwise he looked fine, while the husband looked like death warmed over. But hey, it's a made for cable movie, so there's bound to be inconsistencies. 3.25 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3, 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bad movie April 2, 2014
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Loved the book, tolerated the movie. It missed the whole point of the book, which was a woman surviving in the wilderness. Better than no movie, I guess, but I was very disappointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars True story, true courage March 5, 2014
By Heather
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This is a great family-friendly movie about endurance, love, and the surprise of finding you're stronger than you thought you were.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugged Gold
I have already given a rating and description of this DVD. It follows the book some but I would advise people to read the book also. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Geraldine M. Mahan
4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT MOVIE
This held your attention from the very beginning to the very end. I admire this woman and know there aren't' many who could go through this ordeal.
Published 7 months ago by Mary A. Ringberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Movie
We love this movie. Really shows how a person can overcome and survive anything, Beautiful Alaska scenery. Touches your heart in many ways.
Published 7 months ago by beverly r. batchelor
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.
Saw this movie over a year ago and don't really remember it too well. I did enjoy it, though. Better than many DVD's I have seen.
People were quite complete and believable.
Published 7 months ago by DUPUISJUDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugged Gold
I saw this movie on TV and looked everywhere to purchase it. This is the best movie about love and faith in God. How to survive in the wilderness when odds are against you. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peggy A. Hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars Surviving the odds!
An amazing true story of survival. I loved every minute of it and the scenery was beautiful. A captivating movie.
Published 8 months ago by Debbie P.
3.0 out of 5 stars buy at your own risk
Incredible scenery throughout the movie. Unfortunately that's all I found redeeming. The acting was poor, at best, and the story was impossible to believe. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Scott S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This is a good, family movie. Exciting, keeps you on the edge of your seat on parts. Good, clean, family entertainment.
Published 11 months ago by Jo Ann Gullett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is based on a true story. Amazing what we will do to survive. I really admire this lady for facing the unknown with courage. I can watch this over and over again.
Published 11 months ago by P. Fitzpatrick
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