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Mystery, Alaska (1999)

This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

Director:

Jay Roach

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... John Biebe
Hank Azaria ... Charles Danner
Mary McCormack ... Donna Biebe
Burt Reynolds ... Judge Walter Burns
Colm Meaney ... Mayor Scott Pitcher
Lolita Davidovich ... Mary Jane Pitcher
Maury Chaykin ... Bailey Pruitt
Ron Eldard ... 'Skank' Marden
Ryan Northcott ... Stevie Weeks
Michael Buie ... Connor Banks
Kevin Durand ... 'Tree' Lane
Scott Grimes ... 'Birdie' Burns
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Bobby Michan
Brent Stait ... Kevin Holt
Leroy Peltier Leroy Peltier ... Ben Winetka
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Storyline

When Mystery, Alaska's (amateur) hockey team accepts a challenge to play the New York Rangers, the entire population must put their petty differences aside, and band together, as their small town becomes the centre of a nationally televised event. Written by Ranger Mode

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Taglines:

A Small Town on the Outskirts of Greatness.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,102,191, 3 October 1999

Gross USA:

$8,891,623

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,891,623
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Russell Crowe's character, John Biebe, wears number 10 and is team captain in the game against the New York Rangers. Crowe said Ron Francis inspired him to wear number 10 in the film after they met. Francis wore number 10 during his NHL career and captained the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins. See more »

Goofs

When Janice Pettiboe arrives at town hall and gets out of her car, she talks to Chuck and the mayor, both of whom also speak, but hers is the only breath that can be seen due to the cold. See more »

Quotes

Donna Biebe: Every ex-player turned coach says that they prefer coaching over playing. Why would they all say that?
John Biebe: Because they can't play.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ben Affleck/Fiona Apple (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Company of History
Written by Marc Dauer and Jay Schwartz
Performed by Five Easy Pieces
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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No mystery here, just a great movie
6 September 2004 | by michaelsibley416See all my reviews

In a place where the sheriff is captain, the grocer is the marquee player, a high school senior who is the rising star of the team, and the town judge is the coach comes a hockey team from a small town on the outskirts of greatness.

Russell Crowe leads all-star cast that included Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, Lolita Davidovich, Ron Eldard, Colm Meaney, Maury Chaykin and Burt Reynolds in "Mystery, Alaska." Full of hope, pride and determination, "Mystery, Alaska" will capture the hearts of the audience. A 13-year tradition in Mystery where everybody comes together to participate in the Saturday game, a hockey game played every Saturday, draws the interest of the National Hockey League and the New York Rangers.

Azaria comes to propose this challenge to the townspeople of Mystery. After some debate at a town meeting, the mayor accepts the challenge to play the New York Rangers; the players must put their personal feelings aside to win the game. This game between the team from Mystery and the Rangers becomes a David and Goliath match-up, which ultimately comes down to which team can outduel the other first. Can the team from Mystery rise to the challenge given by the New York Rangers?

Crowe is an actor that has brought integrity to his roles such as Officer Bud White in "L.A. Confidential." Crowe, who received critical praise as Bud White, brought the same amount of integrity to "Mystery, Alaska," as soft-spoken Sheriff John Biebe. Burt Reynolds, who has starred in Boogie Nights and received an Oscar nomination for his role as Jack Horner, portrayed hard-nosed Judge Walter Burns in "Mystery Alaska." Reynolds role as Judge Burns turned out to be very impressive since it seemed that he took his time and enjoyed portraying the small town judge/coach from Mystery.

Co-writers David E. Kelley and Sean O'Byrne as well as director Jay Roach work in conjunction to make one of the best films in 1999. Kelley, who has enjoyed success as producer of "The Practice," "Ally McBeal", "Chicago Hope," "L.A. Law" and "Picket Fences," has brought originality to the film. This film allows the audience to sit back, relax and focus on putting themselves in the movie.

"Mystery, Alaska" is a highly recommended film that should be seen by everybody because it was performed by a talented cast, well-put together by the writers and director, has a great plot, and noteworthy performances by the actors.


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