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Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 12 December 1992
The real-life struggle to contain the environmental and financial damage caused to Alaska by the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez is dramatized.

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Larry Dietrick - State of Alaska
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Dennis Kelso - State of Alaska
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Governor Steve Cowper - State of Alaska
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Michelle Brown - State of Alaska (as Jo-Anne Bates)
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John Janssen - State of Alaska (as Wally Marsh)
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Al Kegler - State of Alaska
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Jim Hayden - State of Alaska
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Jan Jackson - State of Alaska
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Trooper Mike Fox - State of Alaska
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Senator - State of Alaska
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Biologist - State of Alaska
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Frank Iarossi - Exxon
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Don Cornett - Exxon
Remak Ramsay ...
Craig Rassinier - Exxon
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The real-life struggle to contain the environmental and financial damage caused to Alaska by the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez is dramatized. Written by David Stumme <dstumme@rochester.rr.com>

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Dan Lawn - State of Alaska: I knew it. I knew this was coming.
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Top Notch Film, Made-for-Television or Not
16 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

One surprising thing about this film, originally produced for HBO, was the gamble that the casting director used in using two actors usually relegated to the supporting cast - John Heard and Christopher Lloyd - for the starring roles. The gamble paid off magnificently - I don't think I've seen better performances from either of these two men; they really are the real-life people that they play: Heard as local Alaska wildlife officer Dan Lawn, and Lloyd as Exxon executive Frank Iarossi. The film avoids the usual glossy made-for-TV movie-of-the-week style to become a much more incisive film with a big-budget feel about the subtle business and political maneuvering that follow a tragedy such as the Exxon tanker crash in Valdez, Alaska. Kudos to the excellent cinematography of Alaska. I also appreciated the fact that this film was fair in portraying a business executive as a human and sympathetic character rather than the swiny caricature common in so many other films. The filmmakers deserve a congratulations for doing their homework to make each aspect of the film ring true.


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