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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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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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In real life, 15 sled dogs were abandoned, and only 2 survived. See more »


When the dogs offer the injured Maya a seagull, the amount of snow on her head changes from shot to shot, then disappears completely. 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 »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #37.3 (2007) See more »


Erin's Song
Written and Performed by Curt Sobel, Gary Schreiner
Courtesy of Palisades Music Production
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Enjoyable For All
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife and I went to go this flick in the theater and I would say we were the only folks there without children. We went because we are the proud owners of two huskies ourselves. I urge anyone that is interested in dogs, animals, huskies, Antarctica, whatever, to see this movie. I must say for a Disney movie, it's not as childish as one may think, and there are definitely a few tear-jerking parts for different reasons. I have already noticed the desire growing amongst folks to have huskies in the past year or so, and I bet this movie will only positively influence that. Huskies can be a handful, but they are one of the coolest/smartest breeds you'll ever encounter. I just hope folks will go to Husky Rescue groups, before shelling out hundreds of dollars for breeders. Minor adjustments I would have made are focusing a little more on the dogs survival and less on Paul Walker's mission to get funding. Also, the dogs definitely did not not "talk" as much as our two huskies do : )

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