Winter People

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Winter People
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
Produced by Robert H. Solo
Written by John Ehle (novel)
Carol Sobieski (screenplay)
Music by John Scott
Cinematography François Protat
Edited by Thom Noble
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • April 14, 1989 (1989-04-14)
Running time
110 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,023,282

Winter People is a 1989 romantic drama film directed by Ted Kotcheff. It stars Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis.

The film is based on the novel by John Ehle. Wayland Jackson, a widower with a young daughter, moves to a small, impoverished mountain village in North Carolina, circa 1934. They are taken in by Collie Wright, a single mother, and she and Wayland soon fall in love.


Into a small, poor Appalachian Mountains community in the Great Depression era arrive a young widower, Wayland Jackson, a clockmaker, and his 12-year-old daughter.

Wayland becomes respectfully acquainted with Collie Wright, a single mother of a newborn child. As he becomes more familiar to the villagers, Wayland tries to persuade them that he could build a beautiful clock for the public square. His proposal is met with considerable skepticism before he is given the town's consent.

He is attracted to Collie, but his life and hers are threatened by family members from the evil Campbell clan, one of whom is the father of Collie's baby and intent on getting his child back in any way, even if it means murdering the couple. Cole Campbell is found dead, whereupon his relatives demand that Wayland and Collie now owe them a life and therefore must give them the child.



Winter People has an overall approval rating of 13% on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]


  1. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

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