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Mystery, Alaska (1999)

 -  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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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

This movie was originally going to be filmed in Rossland, British Columbia - the future location of Miracle (2004) - and was going to be known as "Face Off." Eventually they decided to use Canmore, Alberta, and went with the current name. See more »

Goofs

At the end, the two players from Mystery are drafted by the Rangers and are being sent to the AHL's Binghamton (NY) team. While currently Binghamton is the Ottawa Senators farm team, the team was the farm team of the NY Rangers from 1990-1997. When the film was shot (1999), there was no team playing in Binghamton. See more »

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Donnie Shulzhoffer: Hey, you know where a guy can get a rub and a tug around here?
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Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.6 (2006) See more »

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Lightning Strike Me Down
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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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