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Silver Wolf

A boy seeks to protect an injured wolf from the vengeance of a powerful local rancher.

Genre - Family

Director(s) - Peter Svatek

Writer(s) - Michael Amo

Cast - Michael Biehn, Roy Scheider, Shane Meier and Kimberley Warnat

Blue Rider's Role - Executive producers and bridge financier

Distributor(s) - Blue Rider Entertainment, Fox Family Channel, York Entertainment, VCL Communications and SBP (Argentina)

Release Date - 1998

Synopsis - Combining the action and excitement of snowboarding and skijoring in the spectacular Canadian Rockies, this suspenseful yet heartwarming family adventure tells of young Jesse McLean (Shane Meier) and his love for an injured wolf.

After surviving a terrifying skiing accident which takes his father's life, Jesse finds comfort and nurtures a bond of trust and love with a wolf whom he shelters from the dangers of the forest.

Now living at his Uncle Roy's (Michael Biehn) cabin, Jesse tends to Silver's wounds and tries to come to terms with his father's death. Trouble arises, however, when the local ranching community learns about Silver. Jesse risks everything to protect his new friend from the vengeance of the town's most prominent rancher, John Rockwell (Roy Scheider), who finally forces them to seek refuge in the very mountains where they first met. When the rancher pursues and discovers Jesse and Silver deep within the wilderness, Jesse is all that stands between the determined wolf-hunter and the life of his loyal friend.

Award for Silver Wolf:
This Family Channel Premiere won the prestigious Star Boy Award at the 18th Oulu International Children's Film Festival in Finland.

Critics' Kudos:
Scott Weinberg, Apollo Movie Guide: "A family flick that offers nice messages in [an] entertaining style. It features some amazing outdoor photography and snowboarding sequences."

Writing at eFilmCritic, Weinberg added: "Shane Meier shows some fairly strong chops in [the] lead role, Kim Warnat shows a lot of charm and screen presence and Roy Scheider is worth the rental alone."

Kaliopi Triantafyllakis, Jam!Movies: "Silver Wolf involves the excitement of snowboarding and skijoring, a freewheeling competition in which a dog is harnessed to a human who uses skis and poles instead of a sled. Michael Biehn is the best actor in the Silver Wolf cast. Every scene with his nephew is filled with genuine feelings and emotions, especially when he wants to give Silver Wolf to a zoo, but knows it would hurt Jesse. Meier also puts on a heartwarming performance as Jesse, best depicted when he first finds the wounded wolf and won't let his uncle shoot him. Kids will likely enjoy the movie's warm-hearted intentions. This film does contain many excellent ski and snowboard sequences, filmed high on Cypress Mountain."

Viewers' Ratings:
At the Internet Movie Database (as of March 8, 2007), 84.4% of the 141 people who evaluated Silver Wolf gave it positive ratings. All demographic groups liked it a lot, rating it 6.1 or better our of 10. Most enthusiastic were women aged 45 and older (rating it 9.8 out of 10), girls 17 and younger (9.5) and women 18-29 (6.9).

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards
Director is Peter Svatek (Witchboard III: The Possession, Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon, The Rendering, Sci-fighters; won Oulu International Children's Festival "Starboy Award" for Blue Rider's Silver Wolf and was nominated for Fansporto Best International Fantasy Film Award for Bleeders).

Writer is Michael Amo (Zeyda and the Hitman, Wind at My Back; Gemini Award nominations for Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story and Blessed Stranger: After Flight 111).

Stars Michael Biehn (Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Grease, The Abyss, Tombstone, Grindhouse, The Rock; won an award and two nominations for Aliens; 41 other films and TV projects); Roy Scheider (Jaws, The Punisher, The Rainmaker, 2010, Jaws 2, Marathon Man; Oscar noms for The French Connection and All That Jazz; two other awards and six other nomintions for works including Blue Thunder, The Myth of Fingerprints and King of Texas; 52 other films and TV projects) and Shane Meier (Unforgiven, Man of the House; Screen Idol Award for The Matthew Shepard Story).

The cast also includes Kimberley Warnat (Freddy vs. Jason, Going the Distance) and Lynda Boyd (Best in Show, I Spy; Gemini nomination for Cold Squad and Leo nom for Reflection).

Executive Producers: Jeff Geoffray (The Hollywood Sign, Night of the Demons, Behind the Red Door, Home of the Giants and 24 other films and TV projects) and Walter Josten (Around the World in 80 Days, O Jerusalem, Shergar; Emmy for The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie; 30 other films and TV projects).

Producers: Deboragh Gabler (Kill Me Later, Crackerjack 2; Emmy for Bang Bang You're Dead) and Gary Howsam (Cord, Crime Spree, Back in the Day, Queen's Messenger).

Original Music by Rob Carli (My 5 Wives, Cord; five Gemini Award Best Score noms for External Affairs, At the Hotel, Terry, Open Heart and Hemingway vs. Callaghan).

Cinematography by Curtis J. Petersen (Ski School, Sabotage, The Proposal and Global Heresy).

Film Editing by David Legault (Dead Like Me, Shut Up and Shoot) and Denis Papillon (won Eddie Award for Hiroshima, Genie Award nom for Louis 19, le Roi des Ondes and Jutra Award nom for The Baroness and the Pig).

Production Design and Art Direction by Kathryn Hatton (Jake 2.0, Shattered Image, Cheats, Andromeda).

Costume Design by Michelle Hunter (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Air Bud: Strikes Back, Convergence).

Internet Movie Database entry for Silver Wolf

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