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Anything to Survive (1990)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 5 February 1990
A father and his children are caught by a storm while sailing in Alaska. When they get shipwrecked, things go from bad to worse.


Zale Dalen


Elmo Wortman (book), Jonathan Rintels
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Robert Conrad ... Eddie Barton
Matt LeBlanc ... Billy Barton (as Matthew Le Blanc)
Ocean Hellman Ocean Hellman ... Wendy
Emily Perkins ... Krista
Tom Heaton ... Dave
William B. Davis ... Dr. Reynolds
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A divorced father and his three children, while sailing from Prince Rupert, get caught in a storm. After being shipwrecked and isolated on an island, they try and find a way home from the bitter Alaskan coast. However, after ten days, with the situation becoming increasingly desperate, the father must make an agonizing decision. One that could cost his children's lives. Written by Mark Andrew Radford <s2194044@cse.unsw.edu.au>

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Non-Alaskans Should Not Judge This Film
16 August 2009 | by bentleyraySee all my reviews

I lived in Juneau, Alaska in 1978-79, the winter that this originally happened to the family in the film. A friend read a newspaper article about it to me and I cringed. The accident happened during the worst February we had had since I could remember, and I was born and raised there. They were actually stranded for the entire month, not a few days or a couple weeks, and the fact that they survived amazed me. I don't know of anyone in these dire circumstances that would NOT "whine" a bit.

Granted, this film took some poetic license as all films based on true stories do. I felt that Matt LeBlanc was a poor choice for the son. He looked nothing like the rest of the family. But in spite of that, I was impressed with the performances and the way the family clung together. This is not a film for the weak hearted. The reality of it was all too real for me, as I knew first hand the sub-zero temperatures and high gale winds that were present at the time of this accident. Only true Alaskans would ever have survived this experience and my heart goes out to the family to this day.

All in all, the film was excellent at portraying the harsh circumstances the family faced. That was not made up. The relationships that they shared were also well portrayed. I have often wondered how they all were today, what, if any, lasting affects the experience had on them. As far as films based in Alaska, this was perhaps the most true to life of any I have seen. Excellent film.

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