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Alaska (1996)

While searching for their missing father in the mountains of Alaska, two siblings come across a baby polar bear on the run from a pair of poachers.

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Fraser C. Heston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Birch ... Jessie Barnes
Vincent Kartheiser ... Sean Barnes
Dirk Benedict ... Jake Barnes
Charlton Heston ... Perry
Duncan Fraser ... Koontz
Gordon Tootoosis ... Ben
Ben Cardinal ... Charlie
Ryan Kent Ryan Kent ... Chip
Don S. Davis ... Sgt. Grazer
Dolly Madsen Dolly Madsen ... Mrs. Ben
Stephen E. Miller ... Trooper Harvey
Byron Chief-Moon Byron Chief-Moon ... Chip's Father (as Byron Chief Moon)
Kristin Lehman ... Florence
Adrien Dorval ... Burly Fisherman
Ed Gale ... Animatronics Bear Cub
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Storyline

Jake Barnes and his two kids, Sean and Jessie, have moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot now delivering toilet paper across the mountains. During an emergency delivery in a storm his plane goes down somewhere in the mountains. Annoyed that the authorities aren't doing enough, Jessie and Sean set out on an adventure to find their father with the help of a polar bear which they have saved from a ferocious poacher. Conflict ensues. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A missing father. A desperate search. An unforgettable adventure.

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aljaska See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,914,992, 18 August 1996

Gross USA:

$11,829,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,829,959
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby | SDDS (re-release) (2001)| DTS (re-release) (2001)| Dolby Digital (re-release) (2001)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Thora Birch and Vincent Kartheiser did their own stunts, after a month of intense training sessions with the movie's sports consultants. See more »

Goofs

Moments before the crash sequence of Jake's airplane, as he looks out the window, you can see the altimeter showing 8,380 feet in the foreground. The shot of the altimeter showing him looking directly at it shows around 2400 feet), moments later when apparently plummeting out of the sky, his altimeter is rapidly counting down from over 8000 feet again. See more »

Quotes

Jessie Barnes: My guess is, he's out shooting the rapids, or wrestling a grizzly bear. You know, just being that Alaskan mountain man we know and love.
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A Stunning and Breathtaking Journey of Visual Delight.
16 July 2000 | by gossamer138See all my reviews

If it were only for the splendid and breathtaking scenery i would still recommend this movie. However this film also delivers on the emotional level and follows a journey of transformation as beautiful as the visual aspects.

A single father apts for a change after losing his wife by moving to Alaska with his two children to become a bush pilot. His son is resentful at best, ungrateful, and unappreciative of the vast and stunning riches Alaska has to offer. When their father's plane goes down and rescue efforts fail, they begin a spiritual journey that will forever change their lives. The son, Shawn, played by Vincent Karthieser, soon comes to terms with the death of his mother, the love for his father, and the respect and appreciation for Alaska. Thora Birch, an actress with a promising future, provides the level-headed and sensible approach to the journey in contrast to her brother's cockiness and arrogance which provides for great chemistry between the two.

Along with the natural beauty and landscapes just about every other aspect associated with Alaska is present from: poaching, bushpilots, kayaking, rustic cabins, rock climbing,, moutaineering, camping, and the northern lights along with Cubby, a baby polar bear who tags along and even provides for some tear jerking moments and light hearted humor.

Overall this is a great movie for the entire family or for one with a fascination with the wonders and beauty of the last frontier. It truly evokes a sense of appreciation delivered in a manner without the concept of strong language, violence, and nudity, the three marketing schemes of the industry. It is a fantastic adventure, with great camera angles, stunning visuals and a powerful message. Very well done IMHO.


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