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Mystery, Alaska (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  1 October 1999 (USA)
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This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

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When Mystery, Alaska's amateur hockey team accepts a challenge to play against the New York Rangers, the entire population must put their petty differences aside and pull together as their small town becomes the center of a nationally televised event. Written by Ranger Mode

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A Small Town on the Outskirts of Greatness

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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1 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's Hockey Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,102,191 (USA) (1 October 1999)

Gross:

$8,888,143 (USA) (24 December 1999)
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Trivia

At the end of the film, the recruited players are going to play for the Binghamton Rangers, the AHL affiliate for the New York Rangers at that time. The franchise is still in operation, however it is now the AHL affiliate for the Ottawa Senators. See more »

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The copyright date at the end of the picture is MCMXCVIX. This is an impossible number. It should be MCMXCIX (1999). See more »

Quotes

[John is jealous after seeing his wife and Charles Danner laughing together in the stands, while John was busy trying to coach the team. Donna doesn't understand why he is upset]
Donna Biebe: John?
John Biebe: You've been smilin' a lot lately.
Donna Biebe: [smiling, still puzzled] Excuse me?
John Biebe: Ever since he came back. Charlie. You been smilin' a little more.
Donna Biebe: [finally understanding] John. That was high school.
[He walks a few steps, kicking the snow to reveal the frozen pond below. Then he kicks at the ice again and speaks metaphorically]
John Biebe:
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No Mystery - Just Great Movie-making
8 September 2004 | by (Portland, Maine) – See all my reviews

Mystery Alaska was one of the best comedies to come along in 1999. In the best ensemble film fashion a truly eclectic cast forms the very core of the story that is Mystery, Alaska. Hank Azaria turns in a spectacular performance as "the ugly duckling" – a character not too popular who escaped the town for fame and fortune in television sports. He garners the small town some big time noteriety when the announces that the New York Rangers will challenge a game against the locals pond hockey team. Typical small town chaos ensues as all prepare for the big event.

Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Lolita Davidovich, Ron Eldard, Colm Meaney, Mary McCormack all turn in fine performances contributing nicely to the oddities inherent in any small town.

While the story can seem a bit forced formulaic, David Kelly's script and Jay Roach's directing bring a freshness and satisfaction that made this one of 1999's best sleepers.

A most watchable feel good movie.


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