In 1986 director Rob Reiner adapted Stephen King’s novel, Stand by Me, for the screen … a tale of four boys on a coming-of-age journey. A dead body, bullies and other adventures kept us riveted to the action on the screen.
Now comes another coming-of-age saga from director Charles Minsky … which is decidedly more dangerous than just taking a long hike down the railroad tracks. The film is titled Skating to New York (based on a short story by Edmond Stevens) and it will be heading to DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 17 (after a limited theatrical run) courtesy of Well Go U.S.A.
Casey (Connor Jessup — The Saddle Club, Falling Skies) is the goalie for the local high school team, who — as the film opens — is distracted by events unfolding in the stands and misses the save on the winning goal. His four friends/teammates, Rudy (Wesley Morgan), Boney (Dylan Everett), Jimmy (Matthew Knight) and Rudy’s younger brother, Art (Gage Munroe), rally to his side. The game is tough and the loss hurts, but growing up in this small Canadian town is even tougher.
As teenagers often do — and Casey and his buddies are no different — they hit upon an idea to put the memory of the game (and its aftermath) behind them. They will do the impossible, skate across Lake Ontario to New York on the other side in the dead of winter.
Their challenge is to skate 22 miles across a frozen lake, that is always in motion, in near whiteout conditions and open to the elements during the entire trek. They can die from exposure and they must always be on guard during the crossing to avoid patches of thin ice, which can be instantly fatal! Skating to New York will leave you breathless!