Winter People


1h 50m 1989
Winter People

Brief Synopsis

In a North Carolina mountain town, a widowed father and a woman with a complicated family dynamic fall in love.

Film Details

Also Known As
The
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
1989
Production Company
Aggie Pharo; Donald Aros; Sean Rush
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Carter County, Tennessee, USA; Banner Elk, North Carolina, USA; California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

Romantic drama about a passionate affair between two Blue Mountain locals which shakes up the whole community.

Crew

Frans J Afman

Other

William Alford

Special Effects Assistant

Lee Archer

Boom Operator

Donald Aros

Cable Operator

Richard Arrington

Makeup

Keith Bauer

Animal Trainer

Keith Bauer

Stunts

Charles Roscoe Beck

Song

Steve Beeson

Production Accountant

Mark Berger

Sound

Chuck Allen Birkmeyer

Animal Trainer

Steve Bridge

Camera Operator

Elizabeth Brown

Other

Charles Buchanan

Art Director

Alan Bullard

Grip

Reid Burns

Color Timer

Shari Cartun

Accounting Assistant

Robert C Cheney

Technical Advisor

Albert Cho

Production Assistant

John Coffey

Swing Gang

Luis Colina

Foley Editor

Daniel Craven

Apprentice

Jeff Dashnaw

Stunts

Chrissie Davis

Production Assistant

Frank Davis

Production Assistant

Scott D. Davis

Dolly Grip

Richard Dearborn

On-Set Dresser

Bonita Dehaven

Makeup Assistant

Patrick Dodd

Adr Editor

Lynn Dodson

Electrician

Eddy Donno

Stunt Coordinator

Denise Dugally

On-Set Dresser

Robert Earnhardt

Electrician

Rusty Edmonson

Electrician

Billy Edwards

Props

John Ehle

Source Material (From Novel)

Elle Elliott

Hair

Frank Eulner

Assistant

Jon Falkengren

Grip

David Fay

Dolly Grip

Mark Fincannon

Casting

Ron Foreman

Production Designer

Jackie Fouche

Wardrobe

Leigh French

Adr

Richard Galkins

Animal Trainer

Herbert Gambill

Projectionist

Greg Gault

Stunts

Shawn Gergel

Production Assistant

Carl Gibson

Key Grip

W Frank Godwin Jr.

Assistant Camera Operator

Fritz Jon Goforth

Rigging Gaffer

Robert J Goldstein

Location Manager

David John Golia

Camera Operator

Kelley Gore Jefferson

Makeup Assistant

Robert Gravenor

Sound Mixer

Ricky Green

Animal Trainer

John B Griffin

Location Manager

Bonnie Grossblatt

Production Coordinator

Ann Hampton

Wardrobe

Dennis Harper

Dolly Grip

Sandra Haskell

Script Supervisor

Ruth Hasty

Assistant

Doug Holgate

Assistant Camera Operator

Robert Hubert

Key Grip

Thomas J Huff

Stunts

Stephen L Humphrey

Special Effects Assistant

Craig Huston

Assistant Director

David James

Photography

Carl Johnson

Electrician

Ken S Johnson

Music Editor

Jamie Johnston

Stand-In

Julie Jones

Production Accountant

Bridget Kelly

Wardrobe Assistant

Leslie Kimes

Animal Trainer

Lisa Kirk

Assistant

Ann Kroeber

Sound Effects Editor

Kim Kurumada

Production Manager

Lee Large

Other

Fred Larsen

Wrangler

Tom Lawson

Construction Coordinator

Ron Leamon

Wardrobe Supervisor

Larry Lennert

Other

Peggy Lesser

Other

Moshe Levin

Assistant Camera Operator

Alan Levine

Production Manager

Henry Lewis

Costumes

Paul Lewis

Production Manager

Roger Lewis

Other

Steve Livingston

Music Editor

David Logie

Caterer

Erik Maehl

Electrician

Tim Magaraci

Electrician

Barbu Marian

Assistant Camera Operator

John Marston

Production Assistant

Steve E Martin

Animal Trainer

Mike Mcdonnell

Stand-In

Don Merritt

Boom Operator

Randall R Milazzo

On-Set Dresser

Karl Miller

Animal Trainer

Donna Mitchell

Stand-In

Tim Monich

Dialect Coach

Stacy Moore

Animal Trainer

Leslie Morales

Set Decorator

Bruce Moriarty

Assistant Director

Ruth Morley

Costume Designer

Ron Moser

Construction Coordinator

Shawn Murphy

Music

Chuck Murray

Production Supervisor

Vincent Nappo

Electrician

Mary Nauheimer

Costumes

George Neil

Electrician

Nick Nelson

Gaffer

Roger Allen Nelson

Other

Thom Noble

Editor

Beth Nufer

Stunts

John Nutt

Dialogue Editor

Mark Overton

Electrician

Cris Thomas Palomino

Stunts

Lillian Pan

Assistant

Mike Pantages

Gaffer

David Parker

Sound Effects

James J. Passanante

Other

Jeff Passanante

Construction Coordinator

Dana Payne

Swing Gang

Diana Pellegrini

Foley Editor

Stephen Perry

Electrician

Denny Peterson

Animal Wrangler

Denny Peterson

Stunts

K C Peterson

Wrangler

Rex Peterson

Animal Trainer

Victor Petrotta

Property Master

Aggie Pharo

Production Insurance

Linda Pickett

Craft Service

Randy Pickett

Craft Service

Craig Pinkard

Transportation Captain

Pam Plummer

Casting

Gene Poole

Special Effects Assistant

Richard Prince

Assistant Director

Francois Protat

Director Of Photography

R Joe Pure

Electrician

C Alan Rawlins

Grip

Robert Roda

Assistant Director

Kathleen Ross

Production Coordinator

Sean Rush

Cable Operator

Tim Ryan

Grip

P Scott Sakamoto

Assistant Camera Operator

William Salyer

Hair

Bob Samuels

Assistant Camera Operator

John Sanders

Production Assistant

Steve Santosusso

Stunts

Roger Sassen

Gaffer

John Scott

Music

Debbie Scutari

Production Coordinator

Leslie Shatz

Music

Tamra Shelley

Stand-In

Larry C Shepard

Other

Lee Siler

Transportation Captain

Michael Silvers

Dialogue Editor

Paul A Simmons

Costumes

Patti Small

Accounting Assistant

Carol Sobieski

Screenplay

Carol Sobieski

Production Supervisor

Carol Sobieski

Producer

Robert H. Solo

Producer

Tom Southwell

Storyboard Artist

Barry Spikings

Producer

Alan Splet

Sound Editor

Stephen St John

Camera Operator

Lynn Stalmaster

Casting Director

Lonnie Stewart

Grip

John K. Stirber

Special Effects Supervisor

Vicki Sylvester

Music Coordinator

Albert Tessitore

Props

Jim Thornsberry

Transportation Coordinator

Jacquie Thurston

Swing Gang

Jay Tobias

Assistant Director

Leslie Tokunaga-dell

Production Assistant

Noel Tomlinson

Production Assistant

Thomas Trovato

Electrician

John Verbeck

Sound Editor

Paul Vigil

Special Effects Assistant

Madelynn Von Ritz

Hair Assistant

Ramey Ward

Production Coordinator

Jennifer Warnes

Song

Jennifer Warnes

Song Performer

Jimmy Webb

Song

Robert Weiland

Other

Kathy Weygand

Script Supervisor

Kevin Whitlow

Grip

George Wilbur

Stunts

Mike Wilmot

Special Effects Assistant

Ralph Wilson

Production Assistant

Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

Assistant

Pamela J Yuen

Assistant Editor

Tom Zapata

Assistant Director

Deborah Zimmerman

Assistant Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
The
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
1989
Production Company
Aggie Pharo; Donald Aros; Sean Rush
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Carter County, Tennessee, USA; Banner Elk, North Carolina, USA; California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Articles

Winter People -


In 1989, after three consecutive successes with Witness (1985), Top Gun (1986) and The Accused (1988), Kelly McGillis was an in-demand actress. Hollywood then did what it does best: Desperately try to replicate past success instead of moving in a new direction. Winter People (1989), based on a novel by John Ehle, must have seemed like a sure thing. McGillis would be playing the single mother of a son living in a rural community out of touch with the outside world, just like in Witness. Instead of Harrison Ford taking refuge with her, it would be Kurt Russell, and instead of the Amish, it would be an Appalachian community. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work. No thanks to an almost non-existent marketing campaign, the movie practically came and went without notice.

Director Ted Kotcheff was brought on as director and he's a solid choice. A veritable jack of all trades with genres, he was coming off of a decade of big box office with North Dallas Forty (1979), First Blood (1982) and Weekend at Bernie's (1989). Like I said, a jack of all trades with many different genres. But with Winter People, it's either the story or the setup but whatever it is, Kotcheff doesn't get the same life from the uncivilized surroundings as he did from the mountains of First Blood. It looks good and does little wrong, but it just doesn't do much in the way of doing anything compelling.

It's a shame because of all the talent involved. Kurt Russell had grown into a serious dramatic actor after a decade of kid's movies and, as said before, McGillis was already recognized as a real talent with the chops to carry any movie on her own. It's almost as if no one gave Kotcheff, Russell and McGillis anything to work with because the very idea that it was sort of like Witness would surely be enough to work. And there are things that do work. The movie looks great, filmed on location in North Carolina and set in the 1930s: the sets, costumes and vistas all feel just right. But the actors don't have the kind of chemistry necessary to pull it beyond that.

So what went wrong? Well, the screenplay simply doesn't provide the story, words or actions that Kotcheff, Russell, and McGillis need. Or maybe the source material itself wasn't enough from the start. It looks great, and everyone does good work, but in the end, the story itself keeps holding everything back from every truly coming alive.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Producer: Robert H. Solo
Screenplay: Carol Sobieski, based on the novel by John Ehle
Editor: Thom Noble
Cinematography: Francois Protat
Music: John Scott
Production Design: Ron Foreman
Art Direction: Chas. Butcher
Set Decoration: Leslie Morales
Costume Design: Ruth Morley
Cast: Kurt Russell (Wayland Jackson), Kelly McGillis (Collie Wright), Lloyd Bridges (William Wright), Mitchell Ryan (Drury Campbell), Jeffrey Meek (Cole Campbell), Don Michael Paul (Young Wright), Lanny Flaherty (Gudger Wright), Eileen Ryan (Annie Wright), Amelia Burnette (Paula Jackson), David Dwyer (Milton Wright), Bill Gribble (Skeet Campbell)

By Greg Ferrara
Winter People -

Winter People -

In 1989, after three consecutive successes with Witness (1985), Top Gun (1986) and The Accused (1988), Kelly McGillis was an in-demand actress. Hollywood then did what it does best: Desperately try to replicate past success instead of moving in a new direction. Winter People (1989), based on a novel by John Ehle, must have seemed like a sure thing. McGillis would be playing the single mother of a son living in a rural community out of touch with the outside world, just like in Witness. Instead of Harrison Ford taking refuge with her, it would be Kurt Russell, and instead of the Amish, it would be an Appalachian community. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work. No thanks to an almost non-existent marketing campaign, the movie practically came and went without notice. Director Ted Kotcheff was brought on as director and he's a solid choice. A veritable jack of all trades with genres, he was coming off of a decade of big box office with North Dallas Forty (1979), First Blood (1982) and Weekend at Bernie's (1989). Like I said, a jack of all trades with many different genres. But with Winter People, it's either the story or the setup but whatever it is, Kotcheff doesn't get the same life from the uncivilized surroundings as he did from the mountains of First Blood. It looks good and does little wrong, but it just doesn't do much in the way of doing anything compelling. It's a shame because of all the talent involved. Kurt Russell had grown into a serious dramatic actor after a decade of kid's movies and, as said before, McGillis was already recognized as a real talent with the chops to carry any movie on her own. It's almost as if no one gave Kotcheff, Russell and McGillis anything to work with because the very idea that it was sort of like Witness would surely be enough to work. And there are things that do work. The movie looks great, filmed on location in North Carolina and set in the 1930s: the sets, costumes and vistas all feel just right. But the actors don't have the kind of chemistry necessary to pull it beyond that. So what went wrong? Well, the screenplay simply doesn't provide the story, words or actions that Kotcheff, Russell, and McGillis need. Or maybe the source material itself wasn't enough from the start. It looks great, and everyone does good work, but in the end, the story itself keeps holding everything back from every truly coming alive. Director: Ted Kotcheff Producer: Robert H. Solo Screenplay: Carol Sobieski, based on the novel by John Ehle Editor: Thom Noble Cinematography: Francois Protat Music: John Scott Production Design: Ron Foreman Art Direction: Chas. Butcher Set Decoration: Leslie Morales Costume Design: Ruth Morley Cast: Kurt Russell (Wayland Jackson), Kelly McGillis (Collie Wright), Lloyd Bridges (William Wright), Mitchell Ryan (Drury Campbell), Jeffrey Meek (Cole Campbell), Don Michael Paul (Young Wright), Lanny Flaherty (Gudger Wright), Eileen Ryan (Annie Wright), Amelia Burnette (Paula Jackson), David Dwyer (Milton Wright), Bill Gribble (Skeet Campbell) By Greg Ferrara

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States April 1989

Released in United States on Video October 26, 1989

Released in United States Spring April 14, 1989

Began shooting October 26, 1987.

Completed shooting December 29, 1987.

Released in United States April 1989 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Opening Night Gala) April 13-27, 1989.)

Released in United States on Video October 26, 1989

Released in United States Spring April 14, 1989