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Ice Castles

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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

Special Features

  • Landing the Jump: Behind-the-Scenes featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Taylor Firth
    • Directors: Donald Wrye
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Spanish, English
    • Dubbed: Portuguese, French, Thai, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      Parental Guidance Suggested
    • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
    • Run Time: 95 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B002WY65V0
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Ice Castles" on IMDb

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    By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on February 1, 2005
    Format: VHS Tape
    Heartwarming and inspirational drama, starring the lovely Lynn-Holly Johnson (THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS) and Robby Benson (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), and featuring the Oscar-nominated theme song "Through the Eyes of Love" by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager.

    Alexis `Lexie' Winston (Lynn-Holly Johnson) is a promising young 16-year-old ice skater, living in Iowa with her widowed father (Tom Skerritt). She receives her training from Beulah (Colleen Dewhurst) a former ice skater, now the owner of the ice-rink and bowling alley. Beulah knows that Lexie won't achieve her full potential until a proper trainer takes her on. So when renowned coach Deborah Mackland (Jennifer Warren) offers the chance of a lifetime to Lexie, she leaves small-town life behind and begins her quest to become a champion ice skater...until a freak accident shatters her dreams.

    Now with the help of her father and Beulah, and the guidance of her boyfriend Nick (Robby Benson), Lexie sets out to overcome her adversity and skate one last time...

    Filled with excellent performances and the soaring, emotional music of Hamlisch, ICE CASTLES is a satisfying movie experience. Colleen Dewhurst and Tom Skerritt provide exceptional supporting performances. Lynn-Holly Johnson, in her movie debut, gamely rises to the challenge in the demanding role of Lexie. Robby Benson turns in a solid performance as Nick. Only Jennifer Warren, as coach Deborah Mackland, seems cold and aloof (though this is mainly due to the character).

    ICE CASTLES is highly-recommended!
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    I have been enchanted by Lynn-Holly Johnson's bubbly personality and amiable charm ever since I saw her skate across the ice rink in the 1981 James Bond movie FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. While the majority of Bond fans seem to dismiss her role as an oversexed, yet naive ice skater as nothing more than simple eye candy, I thought she delivered an incredible performance and was one of the most attractive of all the Bond women.
    So, perhaps it is no surprise that I love the movie ICE CASTLES (made three years before she became a Bond girl), what is a surprise is that it took me almost 30 years to see it.
    So, when it appeared under my Lynn-Holly Johnson TiVo wish-list I set it to record knowing only that it features Johnson in a lead role and involved ice skating. Yet, over an hour into sitting down to watch it I was once again entranced by Johnson and the unfolding human drama and hoping the movie would never end.
    Yes, I am a sucker for tear-jerkers, especially when they tug so forcibly at the emotions. I expected to enjoy Johnson's performance, what I was not expecting was to get so caught up in the story.
    Johnson plays Alexis `Lexie' Winston, a promising 16-year-old ice skater, living in Iowa (which as an aside provided extra interest for me, having lived there as an exchange student.)
    Trained initially by small-time trainer Beulah (played by Colleen Dewhurst), Lexis jumps at the chance to take her dream of skating glory to the next level by accepting a coaching offer from world-renowned trainer Deborah Mackland (Jennifer Warren.) That is until an emotional Lexie takes to a late unsupervised ice skating session that results in an accident that leaves her blind.
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    "Ice Castles " is a heartwarming, emotional story about triumph over tragedy and love conquering all. When Lexie Winston (Johnson) a talented figure skater with her mind set firmly on the five rings is blinded in a freak accident, her career appears over, and she hides herself from the world, unwilling to face or accept what has happened to her, but bolstered by the love, support, and faith of her childhood sweetheart Nick (Benson), her father (Skerritt), and her first coach (Dewhurst), she makes a triumphant return to life, and in extension, to figure skating. Excellent performances, excellent scenery, and excellent skating make this movie a perennial family favourite which can never be watched without shedding tears.
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    Ok, it's 25 years later. We're all older, jaded, and not so mushy-gushy anymore. Nuff said. I remember vividly the day I saw this at the Alpine Theater in Brooklyn during a very rainy day in 1978. I had started skating in 1976 after Dorothy Hamill captured the gold. My mother's secret crush on Robby Benson led us to the theater. (I think that was the only time we agreed on a moive--EVER.) The message--despite the feathered hair, bell bottoms, and over-eager acting--is a positive one. When great people with strong beliefs come together for one goal? Amazing things will happen. And it's not completely untrue that blind people don't skate. There is a skating club for the legally blind. Brian Boitano works with them. One more thing: yes, that's Lynn Holly-NOT a body double-doing all those skating moves: she was a silver medalist in the Novice division of the US Nationals in 1974. After skating on what turned out to be a hairline fractured leg, she gave up competing and became a featured performer with Ice Capades. She also skates in "For Your Eyes Only", but that's another review...Ice Castles is a quiet gem brought gorgeously back to life via DVD. Even if you're not a skater, go get it. Love and miracles? Hey, it could happen! ;-)
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