The Snow Walker 2003 PG CC

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When the plane carrying Charlie Halliday, a maverick bush pilot and a sick, young, Inuit woman crashes hundreds of miles from civilization, they are at the mercy of nature's worst.

Starring:
Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

The Snow Walker

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Adventure
Director Charles Martin Smith
Starring Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk
Supporting actors James Cromwell, Kiersten Warren, Jon Gries, Robin Dunne, Malcolm Scott, Michael Bublé, Brad Sihvon, Greg Spottiswood, Samson Jorah, William MacDonald, Mariano Aupilardjuk, Peter Henry Arnatsiaq, Peter Ipkornerk, Yvo Samgushak, Michael Wallace, Albert Kimaliakyuk
Studio First Look
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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It was a very good, touching movie -- good acting, good story.
S. Henderson
Really liked the movie...good story, you wanted the ending to go on further then it did but I still enjoyed it.
Brian Booher
I recommend this story to anyone who loves life, nature, the spirit of life, and learning and survival.
Suzanne

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264 of 277 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2005
Format: DVD
This wonderful film is based upon the short story, "Walk Well, My Brother", which appears in an anthology of short stories titled, "The Snow Walker", written by Canadian icon, Farley Mowat. The story takes place somewhere near the Artic in 1953 and opens with a shadowy figure traipsing slowly across a frozen wasteland. The film then flashes back to a time three months earlier in a settlement called "Yellow Knife", located somewhere in the Northwest Territories of Canada. A raucous sort of place, the viewer is introduced to a young and handsome, former World War II fighter pilot named Charles Halliday (Barry Pepper). He is a free living, arrogant, hot dogging young gun, who now flies over the frozen wastelands of the far north, working as a bush pilot for a man named Shepherd (James Cromwell).

While making a routine delivery in a desolate area, he is met by a small family of Inuit with a seemingly tubercular daughter (Annabella Piugattuk)) who clearly needs medical attention. They request that Johnny take her to the hospital in Yellow Knife but Johnny refuses to do so. When they bribe him with some valuable ivory tusks, he has a change of heart, taking the young woman on board. Unfortunately, the small aircraft experiences technical difficulties, and they crash in the frozen tundra, a couple of hundred miles from civilization, but are physically relatively unhurt by the crash.

Thinking that he would do better on his own, Charlie divests himself of the young woman, leaving her with some supplies but believing that he is consigning her to her death. He is a young man with little respect for the Inuit people. He simply does not see the value in their culture, which he does not understand, and marches off into the bleak wilderness on his own.
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The 2003 Canadian film is one of those independent films that I call a "gem". It's a simple story. Set in 1953 in northern Canada, a bush pilot, played by Barry Pepper, agrees to fly a seriously ill young Inuit woman, who seems to have tuberculosis, to a town where she can get medical attention. He's reluctant to do this but her family bribes him with a pair of walrus tusks. Played by first-time actress Annabella Piugattuk, this Intuit woman is outstanding in her role, as she helps the pilot to survive after their plane crashes and also teaches him some valuable lessons about life.

Yes, this is a hackneyed story with no real surprises. But under the expert hand of writer/director Charles Martin Smith, the film comes out better than the sum of its parts. I found myself completely drawn in and also learned a lot about survival in the frozen north. I applaud the director's decision to use an authentic Inuit actress in the main role which made the film seem real. It was well-paced with just enough tension to keep me wondering what would happen next.

This is a fine film and I definitely recommend it. And it is especially good to watch during a summer heat spell.
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I was completely absorbed by this movie, which features a bush pilot (top of the food chain) and a sick Eskimo girl (bottom of the food chain) brought together when he agrees to transport her to a hospital in return for two ivory tusks.

The the plane crashes and his change of course was not reported. They are down in the middle of a vast tundra with no hope of being found, and their positions are reversed. The movie plays this out slowly and capably, but it becomes clear within the next 30 minutes that he will live or die because of her Earth knowledge, and everything he knows about flying, technology, and the "other world" is useless.

This is not so much a love story but rather a story about the enduring value of humanity, and of human respect for and knowledge of the Earth. The ending is spectacular, I will not spoil it by revealing it here. Totally uplifting and definitely provokes reflection. One of my favorite "serious" movies.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2005
Format: DVD
This wonderful film is based upon the short story, "Walk Well, My Brother", which appears in an anthology of short stories titled, "The Snow Walker", written by Canadian icon, Farley Mowat. The story takes place somewhere near the Artic in 1953 and opens with a shadowy figure traipsing slowly across a frozen wasteland. The film then flashes back to a time three months earlier in a settlement called "Yellow Knife", located somewhere in the Northwest Territories of Canada. A raucous sort of place, the viewer is introduced to a young and handsome, former World War II fighter pilot named Charles Halliday (Barry Pepper). He is a free living, arrogant, hot dogging young gun, who now flies over the frozen wastelands of the far north, working as a bush pilot for a man named Shepherd (James Cromwell).

While making a routine delivery in a desolate area, he is met by a small family of Inuit with a seemingly tubercular daughter (Annabella Piugattuk)) who clearly needs medical attention. They request that Johnny take her to the hospital in Yellow Knife but Johnny refuses to do so. When they bribe him with some valuable ivory tusks, he has a change of heart, taking the young woman on board. Unfortunately, the small aircraft experiences technical difficulties, and they crash in the frozen tundra, a couple of hundred miles from civilization, but are physically relatively unhurt by the crash.

Thinking that he would do better on his own, Charlie divests himself of the young woman, leaving her with some supplies but believing that he is consigning her to her death. He is a young man with little respect for the Inuit people. He simply does not see the value in their culture, which he does not understand, and marches off into the bleak wilderness on his own.
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