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Alaska (1996)

While searching for their missing father in the mountains of Alaska, two siblings come across a baby polar bear on the run from a pair of poachers.

Director:

Fraser C. Heston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Birch ... Jessie Barnes
Vincent Kartheiser ... Sean Barnes
Dirk Benedict ... Jake Barnes
Charlton Heston ... Perry
Duncan Fraser ... Koontz
Gordon Tootoosis ... Ben
Ben Cardinal ... Charlie
Ryan Kent Ryan Kent ... Chip
Don S. Davis ... Sgt. Grazer
Dolly Madsen Dolly Madsen ... Mrs. Ben
Stephen E. Miller ... Trooper Harvey
Byron Chief-Moon Byron Chief-Moon ... Chip's Father (as Byron Chief Moon)
Kristin Lehman ... Florence
Adrien Dorval ... Burly Fisherman
Ed Gale ... Animatronics Bear Cub
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Storyline

Jake Barnes and his two kids, Sean and Jessie, have moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot now delivering toilet paper across the mountains. During an emergency delivery in a storm his plane goes down somewhere in the mountains. Annoyed that the authorities aren't doing enough, Jessie and Sean set out on an adventure to find their father with the help of a polar bear which they have saved from a ferocious poacher. Conflict ensues. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A missing father. A desperate search. An unforgettable adventure.

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and adventure/peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aljaska See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,801,250, 18 August 1996

Gross USA:

$11,567,023
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby | SDDS (re-release) (2001)| DTS (re-release) (2001)| Dolby Digital (re-release) (2001)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Fraser Clarke Heston is the son of Charlton Heston. See more »

Goofs

When the kids are climbing down the icy slope there is a shot of Sean (just before Cubby shows up) where he holds the rope with both his hands In the next shot he's holding his axe instead. See more »

Quotes

Sean Barnes: Dad, you used to fly 747s, and now you deliver toilet paper.
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Great visuals, Entertaining, good actors, but not promoted enough
15 February 2008 | by The_Light_TritonSee all my reviews

If you put A-team's Face, A future b-movie sex icon, and Ben-hur's...Ben-hur together, what do you have? the one and only Alaska.

6 months before, Jake barne's family had a great life in Chicago, until the fateful day that his wife died. then, he and his remaining family, Sean and Jessie Barnes, moved to Alaska to start a new life. while Sean is reluctant to the idea, the family moves anyways, and Sean immediately wants to return to the windy city.

so, Jake takes advantage of his pilot's license and becomes a bush pilot, while Jessie and Sean do whatever they feel like. So Jessie goes kayaking, dating a local native boy, and spends her time doing things a person in Alaska might do, while Sean spends his time playing street fighter: The movie arcade game at the local store. this is pretty much where the movie begins.

This movie, in my opinion, was very good. aside from a family that loved each other, it sported some awesome camera views and great scenery. unlike Grizzly mountain, which had next to no good acting or anything, except for scenery, this movie had decent acting. some parts were as cheesy as a pizza, but it was at least entertaining.

Unfortunately, i don't recall this movie being promoted as a classic or anything like that. which is disappointing because this movie is worthy of that, unlike some of the trash we're all fed these days that gets too much promotion.

and just like the cover says, it all leads up to a real cliffhanger. while other cliffhangers might make you laugh (Ultraviolet ring any bells?) this one will have you on the edge of your seat.

8/10


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