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
In real life, 15 sled dogs were abandoned, and only 2 survived. See more »
The Otter aircraft used in the flying scenes has been converted to a turbine (jet prop) engine, as visually confirmed by the ultra-long nose and the 4 bladed paddle propeller. The movie engine sound effects are those of a standard reciprocating (gasoline) engine, which would have a very short round nose and a 3 blade prop. See more »
Beautifully orchestrated spin off of the movie Antartica which was done in 1983. I thought the photography was great and the terrain that was shown for the locations is much like the Antarctic.
What made the movie extra special for me was the fact that I wintered over in the Antarctic in 1958 and was there when the Japanese came back to the Showa Base and found the 2 dogs that had survived the past 12 months. Very incredible and heartwarming story. There is a monument to the dog team in the form of statues at the base of the Tokyo Tower to honor them. I was fortunate to see it in 1992.
The dogs in Eight Below were so well trained and you form an immediate bond with them. The movie can be seen and enjoyed by all ages. A must have for my film library.
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