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Kevin of the North (2001)

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A man must participate in the Iditarod dog race across Alaska to inherit property from his legendary grandfather, but ends up getting much more than he bargained for.

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Bob Spiers

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William Osborne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Skeet Ulrich ... Kevin Manley
Natasha Henstridge ... Bonnie Livengood
Leslie Nielsen ... Clive Thorton / Cab Driver
Rik Mayall ... Carter
Lochlyn Munro ... Ned Parker
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Riskind
Robin Nielsen Robin Nielsen ... Mailman
Gina Stockdale Gina Stockdale ... Customer
Benita Ha ... Airline Clerk
Ted Friend Ted Friend ... Anchorman
Rondel Reynoldson ... Waitress
Brendan Beiser ... Race Official #1
Allan Morgan Allan Morgan ... Race Official #2
Laurence De Valera Laurence De Valera ... Junk Yard Man
Campbell Lane ... Starter
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Storyline

Kevin Manley, a poor Canoga Park travel agent, is dismayed that he hasn't yet accomplished anything meaningful in his life, he arranging trips for others he knows he will never go on himself. He gets to kill two birds with one stone in quitting his job to travel to Anchorage, Alaska, for the reading of his grandfather Walter Manley's will. Kevin, the sole heir, learns that he will only inherit the estate if he completes the 1,000 mile Iditarod dog sled race, which starts in two days. After finding one specific possession belonging to his grandfather, Kevin decides to attempt the race against the odds, not so much for the estate, but more just to prove to himself that he is a "Manley" worthy of his grandfather's family name. He quickly learns that someone is trying to prevent him from completing that race. His first thought as to that person is a fellow competitor Bonnie Livengood, the granddaughter of his grandfather's former business partner, the two who eventually had a falling out.... Written by Huggo

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The Longest, Toughest, Most Hilarious Dog Sled Race Ever!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor including language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | UK | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chilly Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Anchorage, Alaska, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 23,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes from the start of the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska at the beginning of the film, are footage from the actual Ceremonial Start of the real Iditarod race. See more »

Goofs

At 55:04 you can see a crew members hand put more snow on the boots when Kevin is head first in the snow See more »

Quotes

Kevin Manley: You know, if someone said to me that I would be in a snow shelter with a beautiful woman, I would've said...
Bonnie Livengood: Shut up!
Kevin Manley: Yeah, or "Get outta here".
Bonnie Livengood: Kevin, I'm tired, I'm cold, and I'm hungry.
Kevin Manley: Horny?
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Master of the Vessel: Alaska...SLAPPER See more »

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References Braveheart (1995) See more »

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Indian Love Potion
Written by Harvey Summers
Performed by Alexandra Tongue
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What Was The World Missing? An Iditarod Comedy? YEAH!
12 January 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

Chilly Dogs AKA: Kevin Of The North is about a young travel agent named Kevin Manley (Skeet Ulrich) in Canoga Park who receives an inheritance in Alaska. He promptly quits his job and heads up north to to collect on what, no doubt, will be a large sum and he will no longer have to worry about finances again.

Upon getting to Alaska, he learns of a clause his grandfather put in his will (tired cliché anyone?) and has to participate in the Iditarod Dog Race to prove his is man enough to accept his grandfathers inheritance.

There he meets Clive Thornton (Leslie Nielsen), a beautiful young blond (Natasha Henstridge) and the town bully (Lochlyn Munro). All three have their own reasons for wanting Kevin to fail and, thus, he must overcome many obstacles just to make it to the race itself. I'm not sure why I'm spending so much time on the plot, itself, it's merely there for the jokes but that's the surprise. Lately, Lesley Nielsen movies have been pretty darn unfunny and while this movie is not that good, it is pretty funny. Leslie's character Clive was the funniest with his snide comments that you have to be paying attention to to catch. Easily the funniest character in this movie and much better than his next movie Men With Brooms, which was horrible no matter how you look at it. But don't get me wrong, it's no Naked Gun either- far from it, but it gets the job done.

Natasha Henstridge plays Bonnie Livengood, whom they later find out their grandfathers had a horrible history with one another, which hurts their relationship as well. Natasha plays the lead female here very well and I enjoyed her performance in it.

Skeet Ulrich, as Kevin Manley, reminded me so much of Matthew Broderick with his voice, it was amazing, albeit unintentional I'm positive. However, I have never seen him in the clown role before and I think he did fine, considering Will Ferrell or Jim Carrey probably were not in the budget for this one (It's always been a dream of mine for Carrey and Nielsen to make a movie together).

Lochlyn Munro played Ned Parker, the town jerk. He was all right here but could probably be cast better. He didn't seem like a real threat to Kevin at any point and every time I saw him on screen I couldn't get his scene with Julian (John C. McGinley) taking a bath with him in Wagon's East out of my head.

Given the circumstances and what I was expecting to see (explains why it sat on my DVD rack for almost a year) I was pleasantly surprised. 7/10


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