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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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Trivia

Similar to Insomnia with Al Pacino made three years later in 2002, the premise of both movies is it is set supposedly in Alaska. Due to high production costs however, both movies were entirely filmed in Canada. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the game against the NY Rangers, the back of Banks' jersey is covered in ice. In a subsequent scene, his jersey is clean. See more »

Quotes

'Skank' Marden: I play hockey and I fornicate, 'cause those are the two most fun things to do in cold weather.
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Connections

References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wanna Drive the) Zamboni
Written by Martin Zellar
Performed by Gear Daddies
Courtesy of 'Polydor Records [us]'
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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a pleasant surprise
26 May 2006 | by billscccSee all my reviews

I had no idea at the time that I would enjoy a movie about hockey, and I was right, because this movie had nothing really to do with hockey.It's a great character based movie about a small town that makes it big and the reason the town makes it big is because of it's people. It's a great rocky type movie that makes you root for a small town and it's wonderful characters. Russell Crowe is excellent as well as the entire cast and a great turn by Burt Reynolds as the town judge and coach. This is a very well crafted, witty , warm and realistic and just a charming movie overall. Don't let the hockey fool you, this is a movie about people and a quite enjoyable movie I may add.


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