In this heart-pounding action-adventure, two buddies abandon their blue-collar world to become ski instructors in Aspen, Colorado. There, they discover the electrifying playground of the rich and famous -- experiencing fir... more »sthand extreme skiing, wealth, and seduction. Surrounded by temptation, and Aspen's alluring lifestyle, the two friends soon face the toughest challenge of their lives ...« less
Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC Reviewed on 8/14/2013...
Good movie with awesome ski and snow scenes. Good story and great acting. 4 1/2 stars.
LAURIE P. from SANTA FE, NM Reviewed on 2/12/2012...
Lots of fun and great extreme skiing done by the late Doug Coombs. Love the vintage ski outfits!!
S A A. (Learned2Heal) Reviewed on 10/23/2009...
Great ski shots in this movie and the acting is not as painful as one might expect, except for Teri Polo, who could not act her way out of a paper bag. But, even she has her redeeming characteristics, as she looks like a female young James Spader lookalike. Very weird! It feels like you're looking at James Spader with a long blond wig on. Even down to her facial expressions.
Paul Gross is easy on the eyes and a passable actor. Peter Berg would be sexy too, but his character is kind of a loser, goof-ball sort who nevertheless, I am sure, holds his own appeal for plenty of women who like that type. Finola Hughes plays the same role I have seen her play in countless movies since her stint with John Travolta in Staying Alive. The snooty, superior, monetarily and/or talent endowed, emotionally unavailable older woman who is looking for some young hunk to amuse her briefly until she gets bored with him and moves on to the next candidate. She plays this role to perfection, as well she should, considering that I have not seen her do any other character, except for her Anna Devane role on General Hospital.
The scenery shots in this movie are worthy of National Geographic. The music is cool and the storyline, although predictable, is not a snooze.
All Movie Guide has it wrong, Dexter is not a writer. TJ is.
Overall, a nice, fun, relaxing, undemanding movie with lots of great scenery. Landscape and human too.
Aspen Extreme....Life Unforgiving
John Weaver | 06/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Dexter Rutecki lived a life that was short and funny and sad and hard and good. Most of the time it was good. It was good the day he died. The snow was deep and pure white. The sun high and cold. He was my best friend."
This film, while some will cry "Predictable", is entirely watchable and utterly enjoyable, almost to the point of sin. Granted, it's not "Chicago", "Phantom of the Opera" (2004 version), "Dances with Wolves", or "Titanic". However, it is certainly not cutting room floor crap either, and WAY better than "Hot Dog" because it doesn't rely on nudity to sell the story. Come to think of it, that's probably why the film wasn't a smash at the box office. YES! That's it! I'm sure of it! No nudity, that remains this film's fatal fault for the vast majority of America.
As for me, this film deals with far more human issues than simply throwing the odd breast on the screen to drawn in crowds. No, this film deals with two friends desire to attain success together (and not in that way).
This is an overall good film if one can manage to see the issues at hand. A man's climb to the top, the value of friendship, and the horror when your world comes crashing down. Then, yes, there is death, remorse, and dealing with all of those feelings in a way that leaves you among the living.
Predictable, yes, but if it wasn't it would either be "too real life" or "depressing". So what if it's predictable. That is why we see films. We watch to either be happy, or sad, or vindicated. Predictability is a good thing. If it wasn't, you'd take your date to what was supposed to be a "chick flick" and need a ride home at the end.
Bravo for predictability and Bravo for Aspen Extreme. It's a fine film and a guilty pleasure sure to be watched countless times over."
Great Movie, Poor transfer
T. Williams | Colorado, USA | 09/09/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I love this movie. Sure, it's a bit ridiculous, but I like the characters, and the skiing footage is great. I'd probably give the movie itself 4 stars, but the DVD production deserves 2 stars, at best.Issue 1: The video transfer is not very good. I did a side-by-side comparison with my VHS version, and the DVD image isn't much of an improvement. The colors are a little brighter, but the image isn't any sharper, and there is even dust evident on the DVD transfer. But what's worse is the letterboxing. I prefer to see all my movies in the original aspect ratio, so I was excited to finally see a widescreen version of Aspen Extreme. However, I was incredibly disappointed to discover that the 1.85-to-1 aspect ratio was achieved by cropping the top and bottom of the VHS image, rather than restoring the sides of the frame.Issue 2: There is no Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. As you would expect from a not-so-popular catalog title, it didn't receive any special sound treatment. All you get is the Dolby 2.0 surround.Issue 3: And finally, as you would expect, this title received no extra treatment in the special features department. Granted, with the ...price tag, you probably weren't expecting much, but if you didn't already know, this is the movie only. There's not even a theatrical trailer.In short, if you already have the VHS version of this movie, don't bother to buy the DVD version. It's not offering you anything you don't already have."
Much better than you'd ever expect
captdoherty | New York | 01/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this movie thinking it would be some shallow t&a movie- but one with great ski sequences (which I why i thought it worth a look). How wrong I was!
Aspen Extreme is one of the rare films about male friendship that gets its right.
It portrays, as few films do, how a close male friend can simultaneously be your emotional anchor and greatest competitor. Dexter and TJ ( the main characters) have that complexity and paul gross and peter berg are great actors- you actually believe they are lifelong friends who need each other, even while they know they may be going in different directions as they get older.
The ski sequences are excellent and teri polo shows why she should have become a major star a decade ago (if there was any justice in the world)
the only negative- fiona hughes was too one dimensional and not on par with the three leads- you never once get the feeling this person is a successful businesswoman!
the plot twist towards the end is a little shocking- but moving and effective. "
One of the best 80's ski films out there!
Chris | Based in CA, All over the World | 03/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you love to ski or snowboard (especially if you love the 80's) you must see this film. It pretty much (along with Hot Dog!) defines the 80's ski scene. Great stunts, good story line and awesome clothes and soundtrack make this the perfect film to enjoy watching after a long day on the slopes (drink in hand of course!)."
My all-time favorite
John Lundell | Rosemount, MN | 12/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, so it might not be that award winning movie that touches millions (or makes millions) - but I'm a skier and I love this film! I would have loved to have done what these guys did - I'm sure many of us skiers would agree. I love the music almost most of all. Some important questions though:1. Will this ever come out on DVD? 2. Does anyone know where a person can get the full score of this film? I have almost all the soundtrack music.I watch this film every fall before ski season to get me pumped up for the upcoming season... then I watch it in the middle of summer and dream of snow and winter. I only wish I could pick up and move to Aspen (or the like)."