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Five of the world's best snowboarders are taken to the mountains of Alaska for some outrageous "Big Mountain" rides.

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Credited cast:
Shawn Farmer ...
Terje Håkonsen ...
Himself (as Terje Haakonsen)
Nick Perata ...


Five of the world's best snowboarders are taken to the mountains of Alaska for some outrageous "Big Mountain" rides.

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The story of the snowboarding revolution.


Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and a momentary drug reference | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

2 December 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$438,615 (USA) (2 December 2005)


$739,690 (USA) (16 December 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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In The Fade
Written by Joshua Homme & Mark Lanegan
Performed by Queens of the Stone Age
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Excellent Snowboarding Flick!
3 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It puts you in a great mood. There is one amazing scene after another of snowboarders doing insane freestyle and big mountain riding. The mix of the new generation riders (Shaun White, Hannah Teeter, and Travis Rice) with Terje from the 90's and Shawn Farmer from the early days of snowboarding (late 70's through 80's) gives you the full spectrum of different riding styles. The movie jumps back and forth from these 5 big names doing a trip together in Alaska searching for some back country riding to the documenting of snowboarding's history. I feel the two different focuses kept it more interesting and made the movie more enjoyable. I don't think the movie was too over the top in its effort to promote snowboarding nor do I think it exaggerated its impact on the ski resorts or the world. It seemed balanced, realistic and factual from my own knowledge of snowboarding which dates back to the early 90s. If you're a soccer mom that watches Oprah and soaps most of the time this may not be very exciting to you but if you have a love for sports, the outdoors and some excitement you should be able to enjoy this very easily like I did.

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