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 Post subject: Alaska (1996)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:29 am 
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Directed by Fraser Clarke Heston
Produced by Andy Burg
Written by Andy Burg,Scott Myers
Music by Reg Powell
Cinematography Tony Westman
Editing by Rob Kobrin

Studio: Castle Rock Entertainment
Distributed by Columbia Pictures (theatrical)
Warner Bros. (DVD)
Release date(s) August 14, 1996

Cast:
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 ... Chip
Don S. Davis ... Sergeant Grazer
Dolly Madsen ... Mrs. Ben
Stephen E. Miller ... Trooper Harvey
Byron Chief-Moon ... Chip's Father (as Byron Chief Moon)
Kristin Lehman ... Florence
Adrien Dorval ... Burly Fisherman
Ed Gale ... Animatronics Bear Cub


3 Nominations: Young Artist Award (1997)
Nominated for Best Family Feature - Drama
Best Yest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor (Vincent Kartheiser, Nominated)
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress (Thora Birch, Nominated)

Plot: (IMDB)
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

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska (1996)
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ALASKA is a sorely underrated family movie, with beautiful locations and a great little cameo from Heston as a bad guy.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska (1996)
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The character's name is interesting... Jake Barnes. It is also the name of the hero of Hemingway's novel 'The Sun Also Rises'. Any Hemingway connection in the plot?

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska (1996)
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That's very interesting Tizzyd, well spotted. The only connection I can think of is that Charlton Heston really admired Hemingway, and even read THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, which is available to buy. Chuck's partner in crime in ALASKA is Duncan Fraser, who worked with Heston on the cartoon version of BEN-HUR.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska (1996)
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tizzyd wrote:
The character's name is interesting... Jake Barnes. It is also the name of the hero of Hemingway's novel 'The Sun Also Rises'. Any Hemingway connection in the plot?


tizzyd,
I contacted Fraser Heston the other day and asked him your question. Today he sent me a brief reply

"Never occurred to me, but I can ask the writers Andy Burg and Scott Myers. They're very literary guys so its possible"


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska (1996)
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As far as I can go, it occurs to me that Jake is a somewhat Hemingway-sort-of hero. He may not be particularly comparable to any specific character in a Hemingway novel, but in an overall sense, he is a man who is not 'great' or perfect, rather ordinary yet has a tough sense of survival as whatever he is, against the forces of circumstances, life and nature. He undergoes challenges and trials...his loneliness after the death of his wife, his attempt to engage himself in action even after retirement, using his former experience as a pilot, his struggles through the Alaskan landscape -- show him as a comrade of Nick Adams or Santiago in some ways. But the sad fact is, Chuck was not doing this role!

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska (1996)
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Heston would have played this role in the 1950's, Judah, round about the time he made SECRET OF THE INCAS.


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