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Ice Castles

 

Welcome to another installment of “It Came from the Bargain Bin”. This week we are focusing on certain stars that were prevalent at one time but are no longer a thought. If you were born between the sixties to the mid-seventies you know that there are many of these stars out there. Actually, no matter when you were born you know that there are many “flashes in the pan” as they say, but this week’s star was, at one time, huge. This week’s one time star was considered to be a future silver screen legend at one time. At a time when superbly feathered hair was not a blemish upon your masculinity but, quite the contrary, made you more attractive to girls. From David Cassidy to Jim Bray of “Roller Boogie” (look him up), the more effeminate you appeared the more desirable you were to the opposite sex. This week’s feature star had that seventies Dynamite! Magazine cover-boy look and according to many at the time, the acting chops, to be a legitimate star and he was, just not past the early eighties. I am referring to the one and only Robby Benson. Mr. Benson was a star of the once popular made for T.V. movies like “The Death of Richie” in 1977 about a confused teenager that turns to drugs (like most made for T.V. movies back then) to 1984′s “Harry and Son” whom he starred in along with Paul Newman who played his widowed father that constantly struggles to keep together the fractured relationship he has with his with his son Howard (Robby Benson) and his daughter Nina (Katherine Borowitz). Harry and Son is actually a pretty good movie but it is not this week’s selection. I know, enough of Robby Benson’s movie bio already, right. This week’s selection is the 1978 drama that many Gen X’s (1965-1982) and yes, the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) remember whether we like it or not…………

Ice Castles

 

Starring: Robbie Benson, Lynn-Holly Johnson, and Tom Skerritt

Writers: Donald Wrye and Gary L. Baim

Director: Donald Wrye

Reviewed by: Joe Sikes

Nick Peterson (Robby Benson) has just dropped out of college to pursue a career in pro hockey and to support his ultra-talented figure skating girlfriend Alexis (Lynn-Holly Johnson), who just might have what it takes to be a star. When Nick arrives he finds that Alexis is in the middle of a tug o’ war between her widowed father Marcus Winston (Tom Skerritt) who is concerned for her well-being and what early fame can do to her and her coach Beulah Smith (Colleen Dewhurst) who supports Alexis’ dream of becoming a figure skating champion adamantly.

After seeing Alexis perform at a local competition, professional coach Deborah Mackland (Jennifer Warren) makes an offer to coach and take Alexis to the heights of figure skating that Alexis and Beulah have been dreaming about. On the same day that “Lexie” receives the fantastic news about her dream come true she is told by Nick that he has been offered a tryout by The Minnesota North Stars and that he will be away for a heartbreaking period of time. Soon after Lexi convinces her Dad to let her pursue her dream she and Nick as well find out that the road to professional success is a road of loneliness and brutal honesty. Little do Nick and Lexi realize that the true test of their love and perseverance is right around the corner?

 

Okay, for those of you who have seen Ice Castles you are well aware of the tremendous amount of corniness displayed in this movie. From the painfully corny Ice Castles theme song (Through the Eyes of Love) to the predictable ending, there is no shortage of melodrama here. That being said, the acting is pretty solid and the story survives somehow. Whether it’s the role of the consummate hard ass Beulah Smith played by Colleen Dewhurst or it’s the convincing portrayal of a pain-stricken father played by Tom Skerritt, Ice Castles is a film that rises above the corniness that very well could have trapped it under ice. I give Ice Castles 2 out of 3 Guys. Oh yeah, and Robby Benson wasn’t half bad either. See you next week and hope you had a happy holiday.

 

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  • Griff January 6, 2013, 10:16 am

    This sounds like the Cutting Edge with D.B. Sweeney. Finger painting? :-D

  • Joe January 6, 2013, 7:35 pm

    The Cutting Edge definitely stole some plot-line from Ice Castles but there was an actual remake of Ice Castles in 2010 and like many remakes I don’t know why. But Mark, you and I both know that D.B.’s got nothing on the great Robby Benson.
    That drunk in the bar almost saved that movie. Nice work with the quote.

  • Adam January 7, 2013, 8:50 am

    I try not to watch any movie about ice skating that does not involve the Hanson Brothers.

    • Joe January 7, 2013, 10:19 am

      That is a good rule to live by , aye.

  • wordschat January 7, 2013, 10:06 am

    Robbie Benson was the McDreamy of his day for sure. I remember the Death of Richie. Now I’m not sure if it was Ice Castles or Cutting Edge that the male lead in a practice for ice dancing literally tosses the girl over the board. Never forgot that.

    • Joe January 7, 2013, 10:25 am

      Hey wordschat,
      Benson and McDreamy is a good comparison. I vaguely recall the Death of Richie I can’t seem to differentiate one Benson afterschool special from the other. I don’t recall a girl getting tossed over the board in practice but that does remind me of a Chris Farley SNL skit where he played a figure skater and David Spade played Scott Hamilton doing the commentary, hilarious! Thanks for the post and have a great week.

  • wordschat January 7, 2013, 10:50 am

    Geez I remember that SNL sketch too. I’m going to IMDB Benson now. Matt Dillon shows up now and then but he has been forgotten as much as Ralph Machio (except during DWTS). Stay Gold Joe.

    • Joe January 7, 2013, 11:18 am

      You as well Pony Boy

      • Tracy January 10, 2013, 10:17 am

        We’ll do it for Johnny man.

        • Joe January 10, 2013, 3:33 pm

          Another classic quote from The Outsiders and another stellar role played by Matt Dillon. Don’t F with Dallas Winston. The Soc’s learned that the hard way and so did Dallas Winston, unfortunately, in the end.

      • Tracy January 10, 2013, 10:20 am

        Robbie Benson may have been the shit back then….but he didn’t hold a candle to Marc Singer, The Beastmaster……although that other flick he did If You Could See What I Hear…yeah, that wasn’t the best.

        Another solid post Joe. Always amazed at what gets pulled from the Bin!

        • Joe January 10, 2013, 3:40 pm

          Thank you, Tracy
          I would love to see a fight between The Beastmaster and Robbie Benson. All the hockey training in the world couldn’t help ol’ Robbie in that battle. I haven’t seen “If You Could See What I Hear” but it sounds like I’m not missing much although you never know if it might come from The Bin in the future. Thank you again, Tracy. Always looking forward to your posts. Have a great weekend and stay gold, of course.

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