Mystery, Alaska (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Canada/USA, 1999.  Baldwin/Cohen Productions, Hollywood Pictures, Rocking Chair Productions.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Surefire crowd-pleaser about an amateur hockey team in a small town in the far north, who get the chance of a lifetime when a major league team comes to play with them as a publicity stunt engineered by returning native Hank Azaria. Russell Crowe plays the burly, softspoken star player of the team who has no idea the kinds of behaviour will emerge from his fellow townsfolk with this kind of attention, while  has a wonderful role as his wife, constantly dealing with being a woman in a hockey town. Cast members , , Burt Reynolds and  do extremely well, and the film ends with a feelgood happy ending that will have the whole family cheering.  makes a cameo in this film by his Austin Powers director Jay Roach.

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