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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bailey Pruitt
'Skank' Marden
Stevie Weeks
Connor Banks
Bobby Michan
Kevin Holt
Leroy Peltier ...
Ben Winetka


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.


Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's Hockey Project  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The metal "goaltender" that John ('Russell Crowe (I)') uses for shooting practice is painted to look like former Montreal Canadiens goalie and NHL Hall Of Famer, Ken Dryden. See more »


When the Rangers first arrive in Mystery and are passing by the Mystery players they appear to be much taller and larger than the Mystery players, which is also noted by several of the Mystery players. When the two teams shake hands at the end of the game, the players on both teams appear to be roughly the same height and build. See more »


Bailey Pruitt: Big doings here in Mystery. Price World wants to build a store here, and now the New York Rangers are coming to town.
Judge Walter Burns: Mr Pruitt, I don't want to hear anything more about a hockey game in this courtroom. I told you about this.
Bailey Pruitt: I'm sorry your honor, I'm fat.
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No mystery here, just a great movie
6 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

In a place where the sheriff is captain, the grocer is the marquee player, a high school senior who is the rising star of the team, and the town judge is the coach comes a hockey team from a small town on the outskirts of greatness.

Russell Crowe leads all-star cast that included Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, Lolita Davidovich, Ron Eldard, Colm Meaney, Maury Chaykin and Burt Reynolds in "Mystery, Alaska." Full of hope, pride and determination, "Mystery, Alaska" will capture the hearts of the audience. A 13-year tradition in Mystery where everybody comes together to participate in the Saturday game, a hockey game played every Saturday, draws the interest of the National Hockey League and the New York Rangers.

Azaria comes to propose this challenge to the townspeople of Mystery. After some debate at a town meeting, the mayor accepts the challenge to play the New York Rangers; the players must put their personal feelings aside to win the game. This game between the team from Mystery and the Rangers becomes a David and Goliath match-up, which ultimately comes down to which team can outduel the other first. Can the team from Mystery rise to the challenge given by the New York Rangers?

Crowe is an actor that has brought integrity to his roles such as Officer Bud White in "L.A. Confidential." Crowe, who received critical praise as Bud White, brought the same amount of integrity to "Mystery, Alaska," as soft-spoken Sheriff John Biebe. Burt Reynolds, who has starred in Boogie Nights and received an Oscar nomination for his role as Jack Horner, portrayed hard-nosed Judge Walter Burns in "Mystery Alaska." Reynolds role as Judge Burns turned out to be very impressive since it seemed that he took his time and enjoyed portraying the small town judge/coach from Mystery.

Co-writers David E. Kelley and Sean O'Byrne as well as director Jay Roach work in conjunction to make one of the best films in 1999. Kelley, who has enjoyed success as producer of "The Practice," "Ally McBeal", "Chicago Hope," "L.A. Law" and "Picket Fences," has brought originality to the film. This film allows the audience to sit back, relax and focus on putting themselves in the movie.

"Mystery, Alaska" is a highly recommended film that should be seen by everybody because it was performed by a talented cast, well-put together by the writers and director, has a great plot, and noteworthy performances by the actors.

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