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The North Star -- James Caan and Christopher Lambert star in this epic adventure set in Alaska about a half-Indian, half-Caucasian trapper who refuses
to mine an Alaskan gold lode he owns.
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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
Leigh Gilbert .... construction manager
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
Dag Eliassen .... stunt double: Christopher Lambert
Martin Grace .... stunt coordinator
Anita Topnesvåg .... Stunt double for Catherine McCormack: Model
Anita Topnesvåg .... stunt double: Catherine McCormack: stunt double
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
Bjørn Fjærestad .... actor 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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Revealing mistakes: In the beginning of the movie, Sean McClennon (James Caan's character) states that "non-citizens" have no right to claims. Alaska was not even a US territory at the time, so in fact, Sean McClennon had no right to any claims as well.See more »
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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Good sets, no tension, no performances = no enjoyment, 29 June 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Businessman Sean McLennon is the president of the miners union. He has banned all non-Americans from staking claim to the land. Moreover he is killing off people in order to then buy their claims at auction. However when his men only wound Saanteek and kill an old Indian, Saanteek returns to take revenge on McLennon and to protect his land.

Why did I bother to tape this film? The film industry is a funny thing isn't it – James Caan was at his peak in Godfather and Rollerball, while Lambert had his `peak' with Highlander – but now they both wind up in this, although for Lambert he hasn't fallen too far. The story here is very basic and starts out very dry. Unfortunately it stays that way. The characters never get interesting and the plot never ever gets any tension involved at any level. The way the ending is forced into a face off is clumsy and typical of the whole film.

Caan is OK because he never seems to take it totally seriously – certainly the plot `twists' around his character are impossible to accept without laughing. Lambert is terrible – he seems to be saying all his lines through gritted teeth as if he has his jaw wired up! The rest of the cast are also poor but the leads being bad distract from that. The cast is wooden and even then they are put to shame by the wooden sets being better than them. The sets and costumes are good and set the period well – shame the film lets them down.

Overall this is totally lacking in interest, plot, characters and any sort of action or tension whatsoever. It's not total rubbish it's just made with no conviction, no passion and is worse than bad – it's just barely mediocre.

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