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Eight Below (2006)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  17 February 2006 (USA)
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Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
D.J. ...
Timba ...
Max - a Dog
Koda ...
Maya - a Dog (as Koda Bear)
Jasmin ...
Maya - a Dog
Apache ...
Buck ...
Noble ...
Troika ...


In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission while his dogs fight for survival. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Most Amazing Story Of Survival, Friendship, And Adventure Ever Told. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some peril and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Antarctica  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,968,601 (USA) (17 February 2006)


$71,403 (Chile) (16 June 2006)

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The movie is set in 1993, but when the characters are drinking Fresca, the bottles have white labels. Fresca did not adopt a white label until 2005. See more »


[first lines]
Jerry Shepard: All right, Coop. A hundred and five degrees. What do you say?
Charlie Cooper: 1-0-5? I can go more.
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during the credits "Dedicated to the memory of Koreyoshi Kurahara, director of Antartica" (Nankyoku monogatari) See more »


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It's about the dogs.
15 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The acting in this movie is weak. Now that I got that out of the way, let me tell you why this film is worth watching: the outdoor photography and the dogs. This movie contains some of the most impressive outdoor cinematography that one can hope or expect to see in a Hollywood movie. This movie shows the awesome and forbidding beauty of icebergs, ice flows and glacier-covered mountains. Compared to these magnificent edifices of nature, man is rendered almost utterly insignificant, a mere dot in a wilderness of ice that is almost endless. Indeed, the scenery is spectacular. That's one interesting part of the movie. But the main part of the movie are the dogs - eight of them. This movie offers a wonderful story about eight brave and stalwart creatures that are determined to survive in the polar wilderness. Having been abandoned by their owner, the dogs must fend for themselves, and they do so, by staying together, working as a team, looking out for each other and caring for each other. They set an example for us humans to follow. That's why this is a movie that's not about us, but about those wonderful dogs.

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