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Snow Dogs (2002)

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When a Miami dentist inherits a team of sled dogs, he's got to learn the trade or lose his pack to a crusty mountain man.



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Dr. Rupert Brooks (as Sisqo)
Olivier (as Jean-Michel Pare)
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Ron Small ...


When Miami dentist Ted Brooks learns that his birth mother has passed away and that he was named in her will, he travels to Alaska to claim his inheritance. Rather than the large chunk of change that many people would expect, Ted instead receives his mother's pack of rowdy sled dogs and her property. Although the dogs seemingly have it in for Ted, he decides to keep the dogs and race them in the local race, the Arctic Challenge, spiting a mountain man who wants the dogs. What follows is a comedy detailing Ted's adventures in learning to run the sled dogs. Written by Anna <>

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Get ready for mush hour!

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Rated PG for mild crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Winterdance  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,814,259 (USA) (18 January 2002)


$643,681 (Italy) (8 November 2002)

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Many of the dogs in this movie later went on to appear in the film Eight Below (2006). See more »


When the VW being pulled by the dogs passes the truck, the man inside waving his hand is not 'Cuba Gooding Jr'. See more »


Thunder Jack: The dogs, where are they?
Ted: They're eating the house.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the names of cast and crew members have a dog house instead of the letter A, bones instead of I and paws instead of the letter O. These three symbols also accompany the end credits, only this time they keep to the sides of the screen instead of filling in for letters. See more »


References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »


Time, Love And Tenderness
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Michael Bolton
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Not "Winterdance" but not bad...
5 January 2002 | by (Lexington KY) – See all my reviews

This film has virtually NOTHING to do with Gary Paulsen's gritty book "Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod" though he is credited with "suggesting" the idea for the movie. Essentially it's an amusing "fish-out-of-water" tale about a Miami dentist (Cuba Gooding Jr.) who inherits an Alaskan dogsled team, complicated by the fact he really doesn't like dogs. The filmmakers have relied heavily on the sunny persona of Gooding and a great deal of physical comedy for audience appeal. There are also solid support from grizzled screen veteran James Coburn and the ever-elegant Nichelle Nichols of "Star Trek" fame. I enjoyed the movie & so did most of the kids I saw in the theater. Don't know what that says about my taste in movies...

One caveat: if you are severely allergic to pseudo-singer Michael Bolton, you might break out in a "Time, Love and Tenderness" rash!

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