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Mystery, Alaska (1999)

Mystery, Alaska (1999)

Mystery, Alaska

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Critic Consensus: The lack of hockey action and authenticity left critics cold.

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The remote and isolated Mystery, Alaska-a little town on the outskirts of greatness--- may look cold and unexciting from the outside, but inside, behind closed doors, Mystery has all the sex scandals, hidden secrets, prying eyes and political hypocrisies of any urban den of iniquity. And, it has a darn good hockey team. In a town where everybody knows everybody else's business, a human interest story in a national magazine suddenly thrusts the village into the world spotlight. When the town's amateur hockey team accepts the challenge of a face-off against the New York Rangers, the entire population must put petty rivalries behind them and prove there is no mystery, in Hollywood Pictures' drama, "Mystery, Alaska."more
Rating: R (for language and sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David E. Kelley, Sean O'Byrne
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 9, 2000
Runtime:
Buena Vista - Official Site

Cast

Russell Crowe
as John Biebe
Hank Azaria
as Charles Danner
Mary McCormack
as Donna Biebe
Burt Reynolds
as Judge Walter Burns
Colm Meaney
as Mayor Scott Pitcher
Lolita Davidovich
as Mary Jane Pitcher
Ron Eldard
as `Skank' Marden
Ryan Northcott
as Stevie Weeks
Kevin Durand
as `Tree' Lane
Scott Grimes
as `Birdie' Burns
Judith Ivey
as Joanne Burns
Maury Chaykin
as Bailey Pruitt
Michael Buie
as Connor Banks
Jason Gray-Stanford
as Bobby Michan
Brent Stait
as Kevin Holt
Leroy Peltier
as Ben Winetka
Adam Beach
as Galin Winetka
Cameron Bancroft
as `Tinker' Connolly
Michael McKean
as Mr. Walsh
Rachel Wilson
as Marla Burns
Beth Littleford
as Janice Pettiboe
Megyn Price
as Sarah Heinz
Stephen Hair
as Jack Danby
Joshua Silberg
as Michael Biebe
Terry David Mulligan
as Dr. Henry Savage
Rod Jarvis
as Referee
Mike Myers
as Donnie Shulzhoffer
Jim Fox
as Himself
Doug McLeod
as Himself
Betty Linde
as Mirabelle Houle
Randall Arney
as TV Director
Gary Murdoch
as Bodyguard
Genevieve Fraser
as Student Charlotte
Taylor Smith
as Student Tommy
Brenda Shuttleworth
as Deputy Betty Fisher
Michael Auger
as Gordon Herrod
Shaun Johnston
as D.A. Dollof
Karen Gartner
as Jury Foreman
Bruce Nozick
as NHL Lawyer
Gerry Becker
as Players' Union Lawye...
L. Scott Caldwell
as Judge McGibbons
Steve Levy
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Mystery, Alaska

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (31)

More hockey and less quirky drama might have saved this yawner.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Director Jay Roach has filmed possibly the first hockey match bereft of a single semiaerial shot.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

There is no denying Kelley's ability to write a funny one-liner or pen a poignant speech, but this frustrating film has the potential to be much more than it is, especially with the collection of able actors on hand.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Kelley is obviously aware that to make the move from TV to films he must fill his scripts with greater depth and density.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Overpopulated with characters.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Hockey film leaves you cold.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mystery, Alaska

½

Ever since I saw the previews for it a couple of years ago, I knew I had to see "Mystery, Alaska." One thing that surprised me was that my mom even liked it and she HATES watching any kind of sports. Another thing, I haven't ever been that much of a hockey fan myself. In my whole life, I probably haven't watched enough hockey to account for more than two whole NHL games. I'm an NBA and MLB fan instead. However, I liked "Mystery, Alaska" A LOT!
An amateur, but very skilled hockey team from a small town in Alaska called Mystery, get national attention after a former resident writes an article praising them. Surprisingly, this earns the now not so mysterious team from Mystery, Alaska, a game against THE New York Rangers. Will the Mystery team that is led by the town sheriff (Russell Crowe) and is coached by the town's strict judge (Burt Reynolds), have a chance against professionals who get paid millions of dollars to play the game they love?

Let me make it short, I have never been a hockey fan in my life, but I really enjoyed this movie a lot, and my mom doesn't like any sports, and she even liked it. Even if you're not a hockey fan in the least sense or even a sports fan, give "Mystery, Alaska" a shot. It doesn't have any spectacular special effects or anything fancy, and that's good because it didn't need it. But let me tell you, this movie never gets boring the whole time and it features great acting from everybody, especially Burt Reynolds and Russell Crowe. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. I liked this movie and I don't even like hockey.

stormyweather980
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

½

I love ice-hockey in comedy film since Slap Shot and The Mighty Ducks series, but this is a hilarious tale of romance, passion and the ultimate power play.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

It was the usual sports movie. The underdog takes on the top dog.

superclerk25
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

Mystery, Alaska Quotes

"Skank" Marden: No, no... We're sleeping together, for God's sakes.
Mary Jane Pitcher: Skank, we're commiting adultery!
– Submitted by John P (4 years ago)
"Tree" Lane: I'm a big guy!
– Submitted by John P (4 years ago)
Stevie Weeks: I'm a premature ejaculator!
– Submitted by John P (4 years ago)

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