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Jake Barnes and his two kids, Sean and Jessie, have moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot now delivering toilet paper across the mountains. During an emergency ... See full summary »


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Jake Barnes and his two kids, Sean and Jessie, have moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot now delivering toilet paper across the mountains. During an emergency delivery in a storm his plane goes down somewhere in the mountains. Annoyed that the authorities aren't doing enough, Jessie and Sean set out on an adventure to find their father with the help of a polar bear which they have saved from a ferocious poacher. Conflict ensues. Written by Jason Ihle <>

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A missing father. A desperate search. An unforgettable adventure.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and adventure/peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Аляска  »

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,801,250 (USA) (16 August 1996)


$11,567,023 (USA) (15 November 1996)

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1.78 : 1
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Young stars Thora Birch and Vincent Kartheiser did their own stunts, after having gone though a month of intense training sessions with the movie's sports consultants. See more »


When the kids are climbing down the icy slope there is a shot of Sean (just before Cubby shows up) where he holds the rope with both his hands In the next shot he's holding his axe instead. See more »


Jessie Barnes: My guess is, he's out shooting the rapids, or wrestling a grizzly bear. You know, just being that Alaskan mountain man we know and love.
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Breathtaking scenery...
16 January 2004 | by (Victoria, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is visually stunning. In a nutshell this movie is about a father who is a pilot and delivers toilet paper around the Alaskan wilderness. His plane crashes and his kids go out to search for him after being angry at the authorities for not doing enough to find their father. They free a cute little polar bear cub who has been caught by a poacher and the polar bear helps them find their lost father. The storyline isn't anything special and basically we have all seen a movie like this many many times. You know the..'kids go out to rescue mother/father/uncle/grandpa and get into lots of life threatening situations with cute animal in toe, but everything is a just fine and dandy in the end'.

Was good to see Dirk Benedict who played Jake Barnes in Alaska, in something as I loved him in The A Team all those years ago. Thora Birch plays the part of Jessie Barnes his daughter and does the kind of acting job that we have come to expect from her... excellent. Vincent Kartheiser plays Sean Barnes the typical anx ridden/angry teenager who comes good and to the aid of his father.

If you like visually beautiful movies and don't need them to be intellectual masterpieces, then watch Alaska

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