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Christopher Lambert (1957) is best known for his "Highlander" films but personally I thought his best performance was as Tarzan in "Greystoke" (1984). To younger viewers he is best known for his work in "Mortal Combat" (1995). He won the French Oscar in 1986 for "Subway". He says "the main purpose for doing what I'm doing is the passion in the work." Lambert plays a half breed who is trying to protect the land for his clan.
James Caan (1940) is best known as Sonny Corleone, the role for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1973. Over more than 100 roles he's been nominated for a Golden Globe 4 times and for an Emmy once. From 2003 to 2007 he had his own TV series, "Las Vegas". Caan plays a greedy land owner.
You'll remember Catherine McCormack's stoic yet beautiful face from "Braveheart" (1995) where she played the doomed wife of Mel Gibson. McCormack plays Caan's girlfriend who is kidnapped by Lambert (reminiscent of "Valdez is Coming").
The marvelously funny and simultaneously tough Burt Young (1940) plays Caan's henchman.. We know him best from the "Rocky" films for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1977. Young has been in more than 100 films, including notable roles in "The Killer Elite" (1975) and "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984). FWIW - Young was up for the role of Sonny Corleone, but Caan got it.Read more ›
The movie is not spectacular, and it has been noted by others that Lambert's acting skills are notab;y less than those of Keanu Reeves. Caan's bad guy is played annoyingly smirky, and Burt Young does nothing to expand beyond his usual generic tough guy range. That being said, there is some nice photography of the frozen northern wild which is pleasing to the eye. Speaking of which, Catherine McCormack is also pleasant to look at, though ultimately I have to admit that the story is not terribly engaging.
Directed by Norwegian Nils Gaup and filmed in Norway with a largely Norwegian cast, NORTH STAR seems to get a little preachy on the racism side of things, which I don't mind as long as there is a story to back it up. Unfortunately, this movie falls considerably short.
Jeremy W. Forstadt
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I don't see that many "Caan" movies that are of the Western genre but this one is interesting. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Douglas S. Gordon
i like outdoor movies and this one is one of those type of show i like stories about Alaska outdoorsPublished on February 4, 2013 by mike
"North Star" was released in 1996 but went unnoticed at the box office. It's a Western that takes place in Nome, Alaska, (but shot in Norway) during the Alaskan gold rush of the... Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Wuchak
I enjoyed the setting of this movie, a frozen Alaskan wilderness and gold mining boom town making a unique backdrop for a western. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This is a really hard to watch movie. It has no redeeming qualities. Nothing works in this film. The best thing going for it is the length... only 89 minutes,Published on July 9, 2011 by Sinbad
There are just too many silly elements here. The plot mixes the melodramatic "noble savage" schmaltz of "Dances with Wolves" (complete with a somewhat mystical sled dog to fill in... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Patrick Alexander
Great price on a very enjoyable flic. Since it was not availible for rental the price is very reasonable.Published on September 5, 2010 by LO77203
I'm not a Western genre fan usually, but sometimes my husband coerces me into watching one with him. I was happy I sat down and spent the time on this one. Read morePublished on June 10, 2007 by E. F. Lewis
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