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The Other Side of the Ice

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Sprague Theobald

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About the Movie

In 2009, Sprague Theobald and his family set sail for the infamous Northwest Passage, the Arctic sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Since 1906 a staggering number have died trying. From Newport, RI, through the Arctic and down to Seattle, it would be a five month, 8500 mile trek filled with deadly danger from ice and severe weather. Reuniting his children and stepchildren after a bad divorce more than fifteen years earlier, the family embarked with untold hurts, and unspoken mistrusts. Mother Nature's fury, and personality clashes threatened to tear the crew apart. The Other Side of the Ice a film of survival, adventure and ultimately redemption.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 4.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This tedious chronicle has the interest level of a home movie of a vacation with bickering and yammering left intact. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Mar 7, 2013

Fresh: The dramatic goings-on... lack dynamism. The seascapes, however, continually astound. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Mar 14, 2013

Rotten: It all quickly proves wearisome, despite the occasional visual glories provided by shots of the magnificent icy vistas and frolicking polar bears. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 11, 2013

Rotten: Too much of the movie is just people being crabby (or, later, dumb!) in fascinating places, which is less enthralling than the places themselves. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Mar 6, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Beautiful and touching! I want to sail the Northwest Passage!

Not only is this movie visually stunning, kind of like Werner Herzog's ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, it also tells a really moving story about family conflict and love. Highly recommend!

The Other Side of the Ice

Great! Must See Documentary. Just researched and found the filmmaker received an Emmy for his previous documentary on the America's Cup. The footage of this documentary spectacular. With the history that not many previous attempts to complete this passage were successful, i was embracing that "all" would be safe and this attempt different. All three children in his life were on board. Past family wounds surface in the tight quarters for the long haul and I won't give out the rest of the details. A great adventure.

The Other Side of the Ice

I am so impressed by this documentary and found myself being drawn into an intimate and understated portrait of a family coming together after years of separation and estrangement. Imagine being isolated on a 57' vessel in one of the most challenging environments anywhere in the world. Surrounded by the dramatic beauty and power of nature, where few have transited successfully. The family and crew must put aside past disappointments and heartache to focus on survival. In the process, relationships are transformed and a new basis for going forward is established. Seldom do we have an opportunity to witness such an honest and sensitive portrayal of a man and his family's innermost feelings in a state of transition.

The Other Side of the Ice
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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