The Leading Edge (1987)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - New Zealand   |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

Fans of outdoor adventures amid breathtaking scenery and, in particular, fans of dangerous athletic stunts and skiing will particularly enjoy this straightforward New Zealand film. In the story, a world-class skier from Telluride, Colorado accepts an invitation to ski the uncrowded slopes of New Zealand. There, he gets involved in such local pastimes as skiing on active volcanos and glaciers, and he enters into a local skiing competition that is to winter sports what the Iron Man competition is to summer sports: they ski, climb mountains, race kayaks, and then race on foot to the finish line. Hearty outdoor "I dare you" stuff, with nary a villain or an internal conflict in sight; those desiring more emotionally involved films should look elsewhere for their entertainment. The director's 1977 ski documentary, Off the Edge, was nominated for an Academy Award that year, so he knows how to film skiing.