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Eight Below (2006)

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

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17 February 2006 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,403 (Chile) (9 June 2006)

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$71,403 (Chile) (16 June 2006)
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Based on a Japanese expedition to the South Pole in 1958, in which the party was faced with extreme weather conditions. See more »

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In the tent scene containing Jerry and Davis. Davis hands him a picture of his family, soon after Jerry hands it back and starts playing with the dog yet in the next scene he hands the picture back again. See more »

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[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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Version of Antarctica (1983) See more »

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Coming Back Home
Written by Daniel Weetman, Shannon Williams, Barnaby Weir, Richard Christie
Performed by The Black Seeds
Courtesy of Black Seeds Ltd.
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AMAZING STORY....one of the best of the year
27 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just getting back from seeing 8 below, i am completely blown away by several elements.

Firstly, right away you get glimpes of STUNNING scenery that continue throughout the whole film. Beautiful artic landscapes frame the main story line and on the big screen, it really takes your breath away.

The movie also is really able to give anyone an idea of what its like to be in the artic, and really gave a clear picture of what being an explorer was like. This added to the appeal of the movie, because its not something most of us get to experience.

Although the acting has been in some cases been criticized, I believe the actors fulfilled their purpose within the movie. They were able to play their roles, without distracting from the dogs, which of course, is the most important part. Paul Walker clearly comes across as a strong animal lover, and displays this well. He becomes relatable to any animal lovers, who will utimatly love this movie. As for the others, the fulfilled their jobs, which is what matters. The character of "Cooper" gave great comic relief, and "Katie" acted out the predicable love story line well.

But of course, the most important aspect of this movie was the dogs. I can hardly even begin to describe what a wonderful job they did. The tricks preformed (as a dog lover and trainer) were some with great difficulty. Ultimately, the way the dogs interact with each other and are so compassionate, you really connect with them. The only way to really experience this is to GO. the movie is AMAZING and a wonderful family film. Although a part or two may be slightly scary, its still an amazing picture for ALL to enjoy, it completely blew all of us a way.


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