The Snow Walker

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  103 min.
Release Date: March 5, 2004
DVD: June 15, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 4.28
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Cast: Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk, James Cromwell, Michael Bublé


It's the summer of 1953 and bush pilot Charlie Halliday—brash ladies man and war veteran—is flying a routine job in the Queen Maude Gulf on the Arctic Ocean when he encounters a small band of Inuit people who plead for his help. They are traveling with a sick young woman ("... tuberculosis," Halliday thinks) and they want Halliday to fly her to a hospital. At first he refuses, but when they offer him a bribe of two beautiful walrus tusks, he reluctantly agrees.

During the flight, the aircraft's engine suddenly explodes. The plane nose-dives towards certain death before Halliday can pull her up. But it's not enough; a float catches the waves of the glacial lake, hurling the plane high in the air before it comes crashing down only yards from shore. Though miraculously surviving the crash, Halliday is overwhelmed with a sense of doom when he finds they are stranded hundreds of miles from civilization on the rugged and barren arctic tundra with a broken radio and only a handful of supplies. Halliday sees his companion, the enigmatic Kanaalaq, as a savage whose presence is sure to be a burden. With winter fast approaching, he realizes they will both surely perish.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Actors Barry Pepper and Annabella Piugattuk; director Charles Martin Smith (landed immigrant); producers Rob Merilees and William Vince; filmed in Merritt, British Columbia, Churchill, Manitoba and Rankin Inlet; based on the short story "Walk Well My Brother" by Farley Mowat.

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Studio: Lions Gate Films
Producer(s): Rob Merilees, William D. Vince
Screenplay: Charles Martin Smith

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  • 5 stars "This is one of the all time great movies. Annabella Piugattuk was the star with awesome acting and sense of humor. I've watched this movie several times and appreciate it more each time. I keep checking and hoping Annabella will show up in more movies."
  • 5 stars "i couldn't sleep one night and was flipping through channels when i saw "the snow walker" was just starting, i was really engaged from beggining to end, the message of moral behind it is priceless and valuable, people can learn a lot from this film and the performance of the actrees was outstanding hope she continues making films, congrats Annabella."
  • 4 stars "Four and a half stars - so very moving .. thank you to the director and to the two leading actors. Extra: especially my thanks to to Annabelle."