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On the Ice (2011)

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In Barrow, Alaska, teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq find their bond tested when a seal-hunting trip goes wrong, resulting in the death of their friend.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josiah Patkotak Josiah Patkotak ... Qalli
Frank Qutuq Irelan Frank Qutuq Irelan ... Aivaaq
Teddy Kyle Smith Teddy Kyle Smith ... Egasak
Adamina Kerr Adamina Kerr ... Michelle
Sierra Jade Sampson Sierra Jade Sampson ... Uvlu
John Miller John Miller ... James
Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford ... Aaka
Veron Kanayurak Veron Kanayurak ... Roscoe
Billyjens Hopson Billyjens Hopson ... Jens
Jay Rapoza Jay Rapoza ... Max
Allison Warden Allison Warden ... Sigvaun
Denae Brower Denae Brower ... Darlene
Tara Sweeney Tara Sweeney ... Dora
Tasha Taaqpak Panigeo Tasha Taaqpak Panigeo ... Charlene
Jerica Aamodt Jerica Aamodt ... Ellie
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In the isolated, frozen town of Barrow, Alaska, Iñupiaq teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq have grown up like brothers in a tight-knit community defined as much by ancient traditions as by hip-hop and snowmobiles. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with their friend James, a tussle turns violent, and James is killed. Panic stricken, terrified, and with no one to blame but themselves, Qalli and Aivaaq lie and declare the death a tragic accident. As Barrow roils with grief and his protective father becomes suspicious, Qalli stumbles through guilt-filled days, wrestling with his part in the death. For the first time in his life, he's treading alone on existential ice. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, some drug content and violence

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Na lodzie See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrow, Alaska, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,257, 24 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,526, 29 April 2012
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Filmed and set in the city of Barrow, Alaska, most of the actors were actually civilians of the town. See more »

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Sigvaun: Qalli! You have to help him. You can't let him get caught. He loves you so much.
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wonderful
11 June 2013 | by twincitytonySee all my reviews

contains some of the best acting i have seen in 40 years bar none, some of the scenes the fear and anguish is palpable. this is a must see movie,This is done with non-professionals, its amazing. Hollywood should be in fear of the skill and naturalness of this presentation. The dialogue is perfect there is not a phony or contrived scene in the movie my hats off to the director and the talent coordinator to find the gems who are in this film. Set in the frozen north, its a dismal landcape to say the least. How long could I last in this land is something that was in the back of my mind the whole time. This is not a place for the faint of heart. You make the smallest mistake up here and your dead. You find out this when the young teenagers are discussing where to hunt.You leave this film with a new perspective on your own life


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