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Release Date:
25 October 1996 (USA) See more »
Where land is power and revenge is obsession.
Set during the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800's. In his efforts to gain control of a small mining town... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Caan ... Sean McLennon

Christopher Lambert ... Hudson Saanteek (as Christophe Lambert)

Catherine McCormack ... Sarah

Burt Young ... Reno
Morten Faldaas ... Smiley
Jacques François ... Colonel Henry Johnson
Mary M. Walker ... Haina
Renny Hoalona Loren ... Cheelik
Frank Salsedo ... Nakki
Don Backhurst ... Native American
Roddy 'Two Eagle' Randall ... Native American
Reidar Sørensen ... Bjorn Svenson (as Reidar Sorenson)
Pedea Torget ... Jesper
Hilde Grythe ... Hannah
John Cassady ... Jim Hanson
Audun Meling ... Raferty
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Lindberg
Kalle Øby ... Bartender (as Kalle Oby)
Torgils Moe ... Magnusson

Nicholas Hope ... Sheriff Lamont
Frank Krog ... Big Tim
Harald Brenna ... Iron Mike
Stephen Sinclair ... Auctioneer
Simon Lay ... Pete
Åsmund Brede Eike ... Gwill (as Asmund Brede Eike)
Norman Charles ... Tonga
Øyvind Lie Thommesen ... Graves (as Oywind Lie Thommesen)
Mikkel Gaup ... Ross
Nicholas Cairis ... Sergeant Lewis
Makka ... The Wolf
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arild Svensgam ... American miner

Luan Bexheti ... (uncredited)
Bjorn Ungersness ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Nils Gaup 
Writing credits
Heck Allen (novel "The North Star") (as Will Henry)

Gilles Béhat (story) (as Giles Behat) and
Philippe Schwartz (story)

Sergio Donati (screenplay) and
Lorenzo Donati (screenplay) and
Paul Ohl (screenplay)

Maria Giese  uncredited

Produced by
Conchita Airoldi .... co-producer
Petter J. Borgli .... co-producer (as Petter Borgli)
Linda Chabert .... associate producer
Dino Di Dionisio .... co-producer (as Dino de Dionisio)
Anne François .... producer
Christopher Lambert .... executive producer (as Christophe Lambert)
Luke Randolph .... co-producer
Jean-Pierre Rosenberg .... associate producer
Janice Shapiro .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bruce Rowland (American version)
John Scott (European version)
Cinematography by
Bruno de Keyzer  (as Bruno De Keyser)
Film Editing by
Michael A. Hoey 
Kant Pan 
Casting by
Julie Wiggen 
Jeremy Zimmermann  (as Jerry Zimmerman)
Production Design by
Ben Morahan 
Art Direction by
Billy Johansson 
Set Decoration by
Bo B. Randulff (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Mimi Lempicka 
Makeup Department
Julie Clark .... assistant makeup artist
Veslemøy Fosse Ree .... makeup artist (as Veslemay Fosse Ree)
Didier Lavergne .... makeup artist
Production Management
Catherine Adart .... post-production manager
Josselyne Bucciali .... production manager
François d'Artemare .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arne Dahr .... third assistant director
Olivier Horlait .... first assistant director
Magnus Waal .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fridrik H. Mar .... property master
Pål Petersen-Bergvik .... set dresser (as Pal Petersen Bergvik)
Marius von Schack .... props
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... foley recordist
Harry Barnes .... sound effects editor
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Ad Stoop .... boom operator
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor
Ian Voigt .... sound
Special Effects by
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Sam Conway .... special effects
Aksel Rødseth .... special effects (as Aksel Rodseth)
Tim Willis .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Thomas Duval .... digital compositor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects supervisor
Martin Grace .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Morten Andreassen .... electrician
Daniel Leterrier .... camera operator
Morten Magnussen .... key grip
Roland Savage .... camera operator
Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen .... still photographer (as Odd Steiner Tollefsen)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ingvild Eiring .... costumer
Editorial Department
Michael A. Hoey .... additional editor
Xavier Loutreuil .... first assistant editor
Paul Parsons .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Bruce Rowland .... conductor: American version (uncredited)
John Scott .... conductor: European version (uncredited)
Other crew
Carina Brattvik .... production coordinator
Aslaug Konradsdottir .... script supervisor
Brian Thomas .... weapons handler

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Also Known As:
"North Star" - France (original title)
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Rated R for some violence and language
90 min | Argentina:89 min | UK:88 min | USA:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Factual errors: The Army Officer who comes to Nome to declare martial law is wearing the crossed sabers on his hat; those of a cavalry officer. The hat badge is upside down. The hilts of the sabers should be in the lower half, not the upper. The blade tips belong at the upper half.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not as good as I'd like it to be, 18 August 2009
Author: FightingWesterner from The Lonesome Prairie

North Star is unique for a European western in that it's set in Alaska, far from the sun baked deserts of the southwest. Everything else is disappointingly typical.

Caan plays a black-hearted land baron in 1899 Alaska who's systematically murdered and cheated his way into being the owner of the largest goldmines in the area. He tries to kill Lambert, a half Eskimo who had the good sense to file a claim on his people's sacred (and gold rich) cave.

It isn't boring but a chase movie where Christopher Lambert squares off against James Caan and Burt Young in a savage frontier battle for survival should have generated more heat than this, especially being that this is co-written by Sergio Donati, who also helped pen For A Few Dollars More and Once Upon A Time In The West!

It's pretty straight forward and unpretentious but it made me wish it were more compelling. The characters were pretty cardboard, though Caan seems to be having some fun swinging back and forth between greedy and treacherous to insane and out of control.

Also, everyone appears to be under-dressed. This movie takes place in Nome, Alaska during a snowstorm but everyone's dressed like it's Fall.

Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson were better in Death Hunt, watch that one first!

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