Winter People (1989)




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Set in the Appalachians during the Depression, this drama follows the events that take place when Wayland Jackson (Kurt Russell) falls in love with Collie Wright (Kelly McGillis) and becomes involved in the family feud that is sparked by the existence of Collie's illegitimate son.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
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Nelson Entertainment

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Kurt Russell
as Wayland Jackson
Kelly McGillis
as Collie Wright
Lloyd Bridges
as William Wright
Mitchell Ryan
as Drury Campbell
Amelia Burnette
as Paula Jackson
Eileen Ryan
as Annie Wright
Lanny Flaherty
as Gudger Wright
Don Michael Paul
as Young Wright
David Dwyer
as Milton Wright
Jeffrey Meek
as Cole Campbell
Bill Gribble
as Skeet Campbell
Wallace Merck
as Harmon Campbell
Walker Averitt
as Margaret Campbell
Dashiell Coleman
as Jonathan Wright
Barbara Freeman
as Mavis McGregor
Gary Bullock
as Mr. McGregor
Ivan Green
as Mr. Crawford
Lucile Dew McIntyre
as Mrs. Crawford
Judy Simpson Cook
as Gudger's Wife
James Eric
as Bartering Man
Rebecca Koon
as Bartering Woman
Dick Parkinson
as Campbell Man #1
Stacy Moore
as Campbell Man #2
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Critic Reviews for Winter People

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

One of these days, maybe Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis will look back at Winter People and laugh.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Winter People is the kind of movie where you sit there asking yourself questions that apparently never occurred to the filmmakers.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

An overearnest story about feudin' mountain families that's good for little more than a few hoots at its own expense.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film is shot in 'Scope, but the effort is essentially wasted by dull center framing that makes the format superfluous.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Touching, and excellently performed

November 18, 2003

A plodding period drama with its fair share of ludicrous plot twists.

Full Review… | April 21, 2003
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Winter People

Competently photographed. Couldn't tell what was going on half the time, we end up in places the filmmakers never led us. We're just inexplicably there on the other side of the cut. The synopsis given on WikiPedia is more enlightening than anything that actually occurs in the film. The best part of this movie is the end-title ballad, the Jimmy Webb-penned "Lightning in a Bottle", sung beautifully by Jennifer Warnes, this version is reportedly Webb's favorite recording of the song, and one can easily hear why. Which makes it a shame that the soundtrack album is out of print and regularly goes for $100 used!

John Lasher
John Lasher

Great story about hardship, love and sacrifice. I've watched it several times. Good cinematography and great cast. I recommend it.

michael echelbarger
michael echelbarger

Slow moving drama, and not particularly cast well. Technically it is good. The photography is nice. Uninspiring and downright boring at times. perhaps different actors in the lead roles would have made a difference.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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