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Director:
Writers:
Heck Allen (novel)
Gilles Béhat (story) ...
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Release Date:
25 October 1996 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Where land is power and revenge is obsession.
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
A Winter Western with a rushed ending See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Editorial Department
Michael A. Hoey .... additional editor
Xavier Loutreuil .... first assistant editor
Paul Parsons .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer
Bruce Rowland .... conductor
John Scott .... conductor
 
Other crew
Carina Brattvik .... production coordinator
Aslaug Konradsdottir .... script supervisor
Brian Thomas .... weapons handler
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"North Star" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence and language
Runtime:
90 min | Argentina:89 min | UK:88 min | USA:88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Goofs:
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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Reno:Where is Hudson Saanteek?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Winter Western with a rushed ending, 2 February 2013
Author: Wuchak from Ohio/PA border

"North Star" was released in 1996 but went unnoticed at the box office. It's a Western that takes place in Nome, Alaska, (but shot in Norway) during the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800s. James Caan plays the love-to-hate villain who denies mining claims to foreigners and attempts to kill a half-breed Indian (Christopher Lambert) for the claim to a cave filled with gold, which the natives use in their ceremonies. The half-breed ends up abducting the villain's woman, played by the beautiful Catherine McCormack (who you might remember as Wallace's doomed wife at the beginning of "Braveheart").

As others have pointed out, there are elements of other Westerns here, like "Death Hunt," "Valdez is Coming," "The Far Country" and "Dances With Wolves (20th Anniversary Edition)," but that's to be expected and, besides, it's one of the few fully Winter Westerns that I can think of (of course, films like "Will Penny," "Jeremiah Johnson" and a few others have some fairly long Winter sequences).

While Caan's villainy is too over-the-top for my tastes (although he does it well), I found "North Star" to be a well-done Western up until the final 15 minutes or so. Like I mentioned above, it really dawned on me while viewing that this was the first Western I ever saw that focused exclusively on Winter conditions. The locations, sets and cast are all first-rate even while the story-telling has somewhat of a TV-movie vibe. But those last 15 minutes just throw the entire film off. It's like the filmmakers either rushed the ending to just complete the project or perhaps they weren't confident with the closing footage and awkwardly tried to "make it work" in the editing room. Either way, it shows.

Still, it's a worthwhile modern Western that attempts something unique even while being a pastiche of the genre.

GRADE: C+

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