Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 1984
Country: United States
Run Time: 95 minutes


WILDROSE is the second deature filmed by director John Hanson and others who participated in the production of "Northern Lights." "Northern Lights" won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight in 1979 and was shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Set in the Lake Superior, Mesabi Iron Range of Minnesota, WILDROSE is an unconventional love story that explores social issues and women's rights in addition tot he romance of the 2 independent protagonists. Lisa Eichhorn ("Yanks," "Cutter's Way," "The Europeans") plays June Lorich, a lode driver in the mining town. A job shift to pit crew duty results in confrontations with male co-workers who resent women working in their field. June is a strong woman who must overcome anxieties about her unemployed, alcoholic former husband and her new affair with Rick Ogaard (Tom Bower, of "Ballad of Gregorio Cortez"). A fisherman turned miner, Rick works in the pit with June and admires her tough spirit. The landscape dramatically contrasts the open pit mines with the verdant northern forests that loom over the mining towns build on their edge. The environment and the faces of the inhabitants are captured in stunning and authentic images. John Hanson destroys stereotypes, finding "the universal in the particular," and looking for it "in parts of America most movies don't."

". . .A strikingly well-crafted picture bolstered by strong central performances. . .extraordinary, vivid camerawork. . .a truly distinctive entertainment way from the mainstream." -Variety

John Hanson, Eugene Corr (based on a stroy by Hanson and Sandra Schulberg)

Sandra Schulberg

Peter Stein

Arthur Coburn

Principal Cast
Lisa Eichhorn, Tom Bower, Jim Cada, Cinda Jackson

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