Alaska (1996)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family  |  14 August 1996 (USA)
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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 »


(as Fraser C. Heston)
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Chip's Father (as Byron Chief Moon)
Burly Fisherman
Animatronics Bear Cub


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.


Adventure | Family

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the initial opening scene we see Jake Barnes flying his Super Cub south over glaciers and high rocky mountains, a feature only seen in the geography of South Alaska. When he checks in via radio, he confirms his location as being one in south-central Alaska. We then see him flying over a group of polar bears. Polar bears are only found along the northern coast of Alaska and Canada and on the Arctic Sea, not in the mountains of south Alaska (almost 1000 miles away). See more »


Ben: When I was a boy, you had to hunt a bear with just a spear, and you took his spirit or died trying.
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Referenced in Movie Nights: We Wish You a Turtle Christmas (2011) See more »

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Hats off to the makers of a refreshing family oriented movie with a wonderful underlying message. Hollywood needs more films like this!
17 June 1999 | by (The Emerald City) – See all my reviews

Loved the cinematography. Good character development... believable acting, good casting... overall a pleasant film the whole family watch. It's refreshing to see a well made film that doesn't use un-necessary violence, sex or profanity. Hats off to the whole team! Definitely recommend this film for family viewing. And to top it off there is a wonderful underlying message of hope and core family values... a message we all could stand to see and hear. Entertaining, exciting storyline.

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