Mystery, Alaska (1999)



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

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (28)

Mystery, Alaska is sweet, pleasant, low-key, inoffensive and unnecessary.

December 31, 1999
At the Movies
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.

December 31, 1999
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Conveys some of the thrill and ferocity of ice hockey while skillfully folding together multiple personal dramas.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Raucously funny.

December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Mystery, Alaska has affection and understanding for small-time life.

December 31, 1999
Denver Post
Top Critic

Mystery operates under the basic set-up of the jock flick but fills in the spaces with a loose sense of humor and smart human interest.

December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mystery, Alaska


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.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


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

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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