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Alaska (1996)

Thora Birch , Vincent Kartheiser , Fraser Clarke Heston  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thora Birch, Vincent Kartheiser, Dirk Benedict, Charlton Heston, Duncan Fraser
  • Directors: Fraser Clarke Heston
  • Writers: Andy Burg, Scott Myers
  • Producers: Andy Burg, Carol Fuchs, Gordon Mark, John Stronach
  • Format: Subtitled, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I1L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alaska" on IMDb

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Two teenagers journey into the Alaskan wilderness to rescue their father, a bush pilot whose plane has crashed.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alaska : Decent Adventure Fare January 18, 2005
By Yendor
ALASKA is a good ol', straight forward, adventure film reminiscent of the type of programming shown on THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY tv anthology show back in the 60's and 70's. Good,solid, family entertainment with great location shots of the Alaskan wilderness. While delivering supplies, bush pilot Jake Barnes' (Dirk Benedict) plane is downed during a snow storm. Then, his son and daughter, Sean and Jessie, (Vincent Kartheiser and Thora Birch) take it upon themselves to find him and trek through the remote Alaskan wilderness and rivers. They run into two poachers (Perry and Ben) and let loose an illegally captive baby polar bear. The cub immediately 'adopts' the two kids as his new friends and follows them on their trek. Not too complicated, but entertaining nontheless with some narrow escapes and decent action sequences along with some light emotional scenes. Good to see actor Dirk Benedict (A-TEAM, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) doing some work along with veteran Charlton Heston in an uncharacteristic villian role as one of the poachers. He's probably in the film because his son Fraser C. Heston directed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and unbelievable at the same time November 30, 2003
This movie tells the story of two young people, Jessie and Sean, who have moved to Alaska with their father after their mother's death. Jessie is making the best of the move, but Sean is very unhappy that he has been uprooted from his home in Chicago. When their father's plane crashes during what was to have been a routine flight, Jessie and Sean decide to rescue him. What follows is totally unbelievable, but there is some exciting action during the rescue and the scenery is spectacular. Mostly designed as a children's movie, the scenery is probably the best part for adults.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great adventure for little adveturers January 9, 2002
By A Customer
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Sure this isn't an epic film that will rival the "Ten Commandments;" and knowing the Republican mind of gun toting Charleston Heston I am sure that this was an effort to keep his kid, the director of the film, off the dreaded bread lines in east L.A. But all in all this is a film that has kept my six year old grandson and my eight year old grand daughter glued to the TV/VCR when they come over the house for some fun times. I have a formidable collection of kids' videos, but the one that has just about worn out because it has been viewed so often is our copy of Alaska. This is a soft story of a crisis in a kid's world that challenges the kids involved to rise above it, and eventually with patience, time, ingenuity, and perseverence the problem is solved. What more do we want to have our children and grandchildren see happen? Too much realism destroys dreams, and dreams are what make things happen. Besides Charlton portrays a gun toting bad guy and that is worth the price of the video to see.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Rebecca
Format:VHS Tape
ALASKA is a great "FAMILY MOVIE". And it may sound a little "lame" and "unrealistic" to some people but it's a movie that most kids will enjoy...even adults. ALASKA is about a brother and a sister who's family moved to a tiny island in Alaska after their mother died. Their father becomes a delivery pilot and goes off one day to deliver toliet paper, not knowing that there's a huge storm coming up (this is, of course, after the son and father just had a huge fight and after the son told the father he wished his father had died instead of his mother). When his jet plane crashes into the Alaskan wildnerness - actually into a huge mountain - and the kids realize that their father is missing. Even though the police say he's dead the next day because they can't find him, the son insists that his father is still alive and goes out to search for him...followed by his sister, who at first doesn't agree with his searching but goes after him anyway, claiming that she's the only one who knows how to survive out there. Anyway, while out searching, the two kids meet two poochers traveling alone. They find the poochers' camp site and find the polar bear cub, who's mother had been killed by the poochers. After they set the cub free, the baby cub starts following them as they go on in search for their father.
ALASKA is a really great film, although like in many kids' movies, it's pretty predictable. Still, the casting is great with excellent acting. Also, the setting of the film looks very realistic...the scenary for the movie is amazing! (I don't know if they actually filmed the movie in Alaska...but it sure does look that way!) So even if you don't really care much for seeing this movie, you should at least check out the scenary of the movie because the scenary is incredible! Once again, a great film for all ages.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight Adventure film. January 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
When a Pilot (Dirk Benedict) Crash landed in the mountains of British Columbia, there`s no way, he could contact someone to help him or getting out of the mountain. When the father kids (Vincent Kartheiser & Thora Birch) are sure, they could help thier father, while they are followed by a Orphaned Cup. When an Animal Hunter (Oscar-Winner:Charlton Heston) is seaching for the Cub and Wanting the Kill the Animal.
Directed by Fraser Clarke Heston (Needful Things) has made an entertaining (At times unbelivable) adventure for the whole family, This film has gorgeous Panoramic shots of Glaciers and Forests are all in a Plus. This is a very underrated film. The young and old will have a good time with this. DVD is also in Widescreen and it has Pan & Scan format. Super 35. Grade:B.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie
One of the better movies we have watched in a while. Some of the plot was not real believable but it did all tie together for a good fun movie.
Published 6 days ago by Dennis Trussell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie. It shows some great scenes of Alaska. It also shows character growth. The movie does contain one swear "h", but other than that, it is a great family... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Goyette
5.0 out of 5 stars For Kevin
This movie is for my grandson. He loved it. He talks about all the time. That is all I have to say right now.
Published 2 months ago by Paula Woolever
5.0 out of 5 stars A great family movie
Their Mom has died and Dad sweeps them away to the far north. The daughter thrives and the son whines, at least that's the way it begins. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a good family movie...entertaining!
I appreciated being able to choose a movie to watch with my grandkids that we could just enjoy together with no need for vigilance to mute the bad words or tell them to hide their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by True
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Movie
This is an adventurous family movie that is sure to warm your heart. You will be glad you watched it!
Published 4 months ago by Petunia
5.0 out of 5 stars Our two tweens loved it!
The movie kept my husband's and my attention, along with our tweens, who thought it was very exciting! A good family movie, but not for toddlers or younger.
Published 4 months ago by Tara S
1.0 out of 5 stars Put this back in the deep freeze
This tale wanted to be a family movie, but it just never had enough details come together to make it click. The story was stretched too far to make it believable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pooke
3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful scenery
FunMovie For The Family. Beautiful Scenery. The Kids Enjoyed The Bear Scenes. Not Scary At All. Suspensful Moments At Times.
Published 4 months ago by shi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for the kids and family!
I am a 26 year old father of 4 and both the kids and i enjoy watching this movie. We even got the 14 year old nephew engaged.
Published 4 months ago by jamesrmedeiros
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