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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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Eight Below. Inspired by a true story. 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)


$81,593,527 (USA) (26 May 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eight Below is based on a true story. See more »


The Otter airplane is obviously powered by a turbine engine with an elongated nose and a turbine exhaust pipe, but the sound is that of a piston engine. 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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Crazy Credits

during the credits "Dedicated to the memory of Koreyoshi Kurahara, director of Antartica" (Nankyoku monogatari) See more »


References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »


Mukilteo Hula
Written and Performed by Kirk Francis (as Kirk H. Francis)
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User Reviews

A throw back to the Disney adventure films of old
20 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is one that I found I could sit back and enjoy the scenery, the stark beauty of the Antartic, and the personalities of the dogs and humans.

I do wolf education with my husky-wolf mix and it was exciting to see the dogs use their strong senses to survive in the harsh land. Their loyalty to the family mirrored that of a wild wolf pack and showed where the intelligence of domestic dogs was honed and refined in the long ago battles of survival.

Huskies and Malemutes look at home in that element because they were bred to work and survive in like conditions. These two near primitives could really do what these actors did and survive. It was refreshing to me to see humans show the same dedication and love for the dogs that dogs give to their human family members every day. It would be hard for actors to really be able to show all that those of us who treasure our dogs would feel if we had to leave them behind but he did a credible job.

I am glad to have been able to see this movie and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did IRON WILL and his huskies.

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