An intellectual billionaire and two lesser men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down.

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A model has her rich, much older husband come with her to a photo shoot. But when their plane crashes in the middle of nowhere, a strong mind game erupts between the clever husband and the jealous young photographer as they try to get back to civilization. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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They Were Fighting Over A Woman When The Plane Went Down. Now, Their Only Chance For Survival Is Each Other.


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Rated R for language and some adventure gore/violence | See all certifications »

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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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$7,733,445 (USA) (28 September 1997)

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$27,779,888 (USA) (21 December 1997)
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Trivia

Throughout the course of this movie, Alec Baldwin says the word "Charles", which was the first name of Sir Anthony Hopkins' character, at least eighty-seven times. See more »

Goofs

After the flares have been lost, Bob says that he has only 6 matches left. In a later scene he is shown to have wasted a match to light a cigarette. He should have waited until they built a fire for heat or to attract searchers. See more »

Quotes

[moments before the plane flies into a flock of wild birds]
Charles Morse: So what do you value me for, Bob?
Robert Green: I like your style, your wife's pretty cute too.
Charles Morse: So how are you planning to kill me?
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Crazy Credits

Just before the end credits start rolling, a caption appears on the screen: "Twentieth Century Fox and the producer wish to thank Bart the Bear and his trainer Doug Seus, for their contribution to this film." See more »

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Referenced in Crash Point Zero (2001) See more »

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Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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A real sharp edge
22 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A truly superb film. A story of survival. Not of the fittest but of the most dedicated and resourceful. Essentially a two character interplay, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin are perfectly cast with intense portrayals of their characters. The supporting cast is minimal but makes for a tasty side dish with Harold Perrineau, Elle Macpherson, and veteran actor L.Q. Jones as a venerable weathered sly fox. Written by David Mamet, whose magnificent style is evident throughout, and directed by Lee Tamahori the film delivers a unique array of action, dialogue. and symbolism. Added also is a magnifcent and haunting score by Jerry Goldsmith. Tribute must also be given to Bart the bear, his trainer. and the Animatronic bear which provided some terrific action sequences. A shame this film did not garner any awards. Recommended highly.


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