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Mystery, Alaska (1999)

This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

Director:

Jay Roach

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... John Biebe
Hank Azaria ... Charles Danner
Mary McCormack ... Donna Biebe
Burt Reynolds ... Judge Walter Burns
Colm Meaney ... Mayor Scott Pitcher
Lolita Davidovich ... Mary Jane Pitcher
Maury Chaykin ... Bailey Pruitt
Ron Eldard ... 'Skank' Marden
Ryan Northcott ... Stevie Weeks
Michael Buie ... Connor Banks
Kevin Durand ... 'Tree' Lane
Scott Grimes ... 'Birdie' Burns
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Bobby Michan
Brent Stait ... Kevin Holt
Leroy Peltier Leroy Peltier ... Ben Winetka
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Storyline

When Mystery, Alaska's amateur hockey team accepts a challenge to play against the New York Rangers, the entire population must put their petty differences aside and pull together as their small town becomes the center of a nationally televised event. Written by Ranger Mode

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Taglines:

A Small Town on the Outskirts of Greatness.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,102,191, 3 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,888,143, 26 December 1999
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Russell Crowe's character, John Biebe, wears number 10 and is team captain in the game against the New York Rangers. Crowe said Ron Francis inspired him to wear number 10 in the film after they met. Francis wore number 10 during his NHL career and captained the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins. See more »

Goofs

At the end, the two players from Mystery are drafted by the Rangers and are being sent to the AHL's Binghamton (NY) team. While currently Binghamton is the Ottawa Senators farm team, the team was the farm team of the NY Rangers from 1990-1997. When the film was shot (1999), there was no team playing in Binghamton. See more »

Quotes

'Birdie' Burns: [to the doctor as Stevie is recovering in the locker room after being knocked out on the ice] How's he doing?
Dr. Henry Savage: Well, he's a little happy.
[Stevie tries to stand up and wobbles]
Dr. Henry Savage: No, no, easy son!
Stevie Weeks: [Dazed] I'm okay.
[to Birdie]
Stevie Weeks: Birdie. I'm sorry. I didn't even get the condom on. It was 'cause of your sister's breasts. They're perky!
'Birdie' Burns: [Punches Stevie in the face]
Dr. Henry Savage: [sighs] Well, he's out again.
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.8 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

New York, New York
Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Produced by George S. Clinton
Performed by Louis Price
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Can't get enough hockey!
5 May 2005 | by Travis_MoranSee all my reviews

There are now over 100 reviews of this movie. And I guess my little blog won't matter much. But I love this movie. Anyone who is into hockey will surely fall in love with this movie.

Watch out for some of the language if you're going to have younger kids watching.

The first time I saw this I was maybe 13 or 14 and I remember my buddy (our goalie no less) telling me to relax. I guess I had my fists clinched all during the game hoping the Rangers would lose.

Sorry if I sound biased. But I AM! Anything smelling of hockey grabs my interest. (Pun intended. As anyone who has been in a locker room knows that hockey players REEK) But, seriously, this movie was a lot better than most hockey movies. I actually like this movie more than "Miracle" which is another of my favourites.

So my thoughts are, if you like hockey even a little bit you better check this one out if you haven't already.


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