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North Star (1996)

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Set during the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800s. In his efforts to gain control of a small mining town, Sean McLennon is buying up every mining claim that becomes available, usually ... See full summary »

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Nils Gaup

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Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry), Gilles Béhat (story) (as Giles Behat) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Sean McLennon
Christopher Lambert ... Hudson Saanteek (as Christophe Lambert)
Catherine McCormack ... Sarah
Burt Young ... Reno
Morten Faldaas Morten Faldaas ... Smiley
Jacques François ... Colonel Henry Johnson
Mary M. Walker Mary M. Walker ... Haina
Renny Hoalona Loren Renny Hoalona Loren ... Cheelik
Frank Salsedo Frank Salsedo ... Nakki
Don Backhurst Don Backhurst ... Native American
Roddy 'Two Eagle' Randall Roddy 'Two Eagle' Randall ... Native American
Reidar Sørensen Reidar Sørensen ... Bjorn Svenson (as Reidar Sorenson)
Pedea Torget Pedea Torget ... Jesper
Hilde Grythe Hilde Grythe ... Hannah
John Cassady ... Jim Hanson
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Storyline

Set during the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800s. In his efforts to gain control of a small mining town, Sean McLennon is buying up every mining claim that becomes available, usually after the deaths of the previous owners at the hands of McLennon's "assistants". One of the miners targeted by McLennon, a half-Indian hunter named "Hudson Saanteek", manages to escape his hired thugs, and comes back into town looking to re-establish his claim and get revenge. McLennon and his men have the advantange of numbers and weapons, but Saanteek has his survival skills, and knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Where land is power and revenge is obsession.


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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Italy | Norway

Language:

English | Inuktitut

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tashunga See more »

Filming Locations:

Maridalen, Oslo, Norway See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The Army Officer who comes to Nome to declare martial law is wearing the crossed sabers on his hat; those of a cavalry officer. The hat badge is upside down. The hilts of the sabers should be in the lower half, not the upper. The blade tips belong at the upper half. See more »

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Reno: Where is Hudson Saanteek?
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Not as good as I'd like it to be
18 August 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

North Star is unique for a European western in that it's set in Alaska, far from the sun baked deserts of the southwest. Everything else is disappointingly typical.

Caan plays a black-hearted land baron in 1899 Alaska who's systematically murdered and cheated his way into being the owner of the largest goldmines in the area. He tries to kill Lambert, a half Eskimo who had the good sense to file a claim on his people's sacred (and gold rich) cave.

It isn't boring but a chase movie where Christopher Lambert squares off against James Caan and Burt Young in a savage frontier battle for survival should have generated more heat than this, especially being that this is co-written by Sergio Donati, who also helped pen For A Few Dollars More and Once Upon A Time In The West!

It's pretty straight forward and unpretentious but it made me wish it were more compelling. The characters were pretty cardboard, though Caan seems to be having some fun swinging back and forth between greedy and treacherous to insane and out of control.

Also, everyone appears to be under-dressed. This movie takes place in Nome, Alaska during a snowstorm but everyone's dressed like it's Fall.

Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson were better in Death Hunt, watch that one first!


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