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Alaska (1996)

While searching for their missing father in the mountains of Alaska, two siblings come across a baby polar bear on the run from a pair of poachers.

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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 <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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

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Adventure | Family

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

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14 August 1996 (USA)  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$11,567,023 (USA) (15 November 1996)
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The bear cub was found by Heston in a Swedish zoo and was called Agee. It was born in January 1995 and had to be trained. The bear worked well with the two co-stars. See more »

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At the end of Sean and Jesse's Rapid run in their canoe, Sean says "We did it" but his lips don't move. See more »

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Charlie: Nice landing, Jake, that's a stiff cross wind.
Jake Barnes: Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
Charlie: I bet you didn't say that when you were flying 747s for a living...
Jake Barnes: Yeah, I could say anything I wanted, as long as I didn't spill any drinks in first class.
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A Stunning and Breathtaking Journey of Visual Delight.
16 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

If it were only for the splendid and breathtaking scenery i would still recommend this movie. However this film also delivers on the emotional level and follows a journey of transformation as beautiful as the visual aspects.

A single father apts for a change after losing his wife by moving to Alaska with his two children to become a bush pilot. His son is resentful at best, ungrateful, and unappreciative of the vast and stunning riches Alaska has to offer. When their father's plane goes down and rescue efforts fail, they begin a spiritual journey that will forever change their lives. The son, Shawn, played by Vincent Karthieser, soon comes to terms with the death of his mother, the love for his father, and the respect and appreciation for Alaska. Thora Birch, an actress with a promising future, provides the level-headed and sensible approach to the journey in contrast to her brother's cockiness and arrogance which provides for great chemistry between the two.

Along with the natural beauty and landscapes just about every other aspect associated with Alaska is present from: poaching, bushpilots, kayaking, rustic cabins, rock climbing,, moutaineering, camping, and the northern lights along with Cubby, a baby polar bear who tags along and even provides for some tear jerking moments and light hearted humor.

Overall this is a great movie for the entire family or for one with a fascination with the wonders and beauty of the last frontier. It truly evokes a sense of appreciation delivered in a manner without the concept of strong language, violence, and nudity, the three marketing schemes of the industry. It is a fantastic adventure, with great camera angles, stunning visuals and a powerful message. Very well done IMHO.


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