Mystery, Alaska


Mystery, Alaska

Critics Consensus

The lack of hockey action and authenticity left critics cold.



Total Count: 81


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User Ratings: 32,212
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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."

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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 Lawyer
L. Scott Caldwell
as Judge McGibbons
Steve Levy
as Himself
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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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4
  • Conveys some of the thrill and ferocity of ice hockey while skillfully folding together multiple personal dramas.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Raucously funny.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Sean P. Means
    Top Critic
  • Mystery, Alaska has affection and understanding for small-time life.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Mystery, Alaska

  • Jun 16, 2011
    Here's a mystery for you: "Why are sports movies so boring?" Oh wait, that's no mystery. The reason is that sports, in general are boring enough without someone trying to back it up with whatever dramatic storyline you can possibly relate to the sport at hand. I can't believe that no one is doing a sports drama that deals with parkinson's, which is more compelling and realistic than most of the stuff these people come up with. I don't care if you think your wife doesn't love you just because she laughed at her high school boyfriend, Russell. Ironically, this film really isn't that boring. Hey, it's all paced pretty smoothly to me after "Tin Cup", which was basically over 2 hours of Kevin Costner doing pretty much nothing other than lightly tapping a ball into a hole with a club. But seriously though, while the film is certainly more exciting than most sports flicks, it does still have slow spots and like most slow films, it's vulnerable to other flaws. Here, these flaws include a mild lack of development, a somewhat inconsistant sense of humor, a deal of fall-flat jokes, some vile dialogue, (I'm not a whimp, I'm just saying that what Crowe's character's wife sarcastically said to express her excitement about the town getting a Zamboni was some ol' high school freshman bull) a bit of an out-of-place score, ceesiness, melodrama, forced plot points, predictability, a lot of cliches and an atmosphere that's too clean for the mature content. Still, as flawed as the film is, it remains pretty decent. For this, we have to thank a decent storyline, some nice cenimatography, fair performances and a solid and heartwarming ending, Hallmark-tastic though it may be. Ultimately, "Mystery, Alaska" is a cliched, melodramatic and gratuitously mature mess, but the well-ended story and performances are compelling enough to make it a decent watch.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    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 O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2008
    ok hockey movie one of the few times rusell crowe didnt get on my nerves
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2007
    It was the usual sports movie. The underdog takes on the top dog.
    Jason S Super Reviewer

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