Winter People

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Romance

An old-fashioned tale of family, community, tradition, honor, and romance set against a harsh but beautiful American landscape, WINTER PEOPLE is an interesting failure, an attempt to recapture the look and feel of the wide-screen Technicolor melodramas of the 1940s and 50s. Set during the Depression, it opens as the widowed Wayland Jackson (Kurt Russell)...read more

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An old-fashioned tale of family, community, tradition, honor, and romance set against a harsh but beautiful American landscape, WINTER PEOPLE is an interesting failure, an attempt to recapture the look and feel of the wide-screen Technicolor melodramas of the 1940s and 50s. Set during

the Depression, it opens as the widowed Wayland Jackson (Kurt Russell) and his daughter are stranded in the Appalachians, where they seek shelter in the cabin of strong-willed single mother Collie Wright (Kelly McGillis), who lives isolated from her family rather than reveal the identity of her

infant son's father. Falling in love with Collie, Wayland decides to stay on, but in the process gets caught in the perpetual feud between her family and the vicious Campbell clan. WINTER PEOPLE has the elements of a classic film, but fails to flesh them out; instead, the script is a series of

broadly drawn episodes in which the characters remain ciphers, the relationships are sketchy, the central romance is perfunctory, and the feud between the families lacks development. Director Ted Kotcheff fails to draw focused performances from his cast, but he does succeed impressively with his

visuals, using the wide-screen frame and remarkable landscape to deliver some breathtaking images and to define his characters and themes.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: An old-fashioned tale of family, community, tradition, honor, and romance set against a harsh but beautiful American landscape, WINTER PEOPLE is an interesting failure, an attempt to recapture the look and feel of the wide-screen Technicolor melodramas of… (more)

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