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Full Screen Edition
Actors: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Wendy Crewson
Director: Frank Marshall
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
Walt Disney Pictures presents EIGHT BELOW, the thrilling tale of incredible friendship between eight amazing sled dogs and their guide Jerry (Paul Walker). Stranded in Antarctica during the most unforgiving winter on the p... more »
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Al F. (Librarian2012)
Reviewed on 10/11/2014...
Not being an animal lover, I still found this movie entertaining and well worth the time to view it. The scenes in the movie are breathtaking and the director did a great job of making the viewer believe this was truly filmed in Antarctica. This is a moving tale of a dogs' survival skills and the devotion one can have for their pets. It was a dog e dog weekend for me for I also watched Firehouse Dog, another great movie about a dog.
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Joyce W. (Jwag) from SCOTTVILLE, MI
Reviewed on 11/24/2012...
Very good movie about several huskies and how they had to be left alone in the elements and what it took for them to survive. Excellent movie.
Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 4/20/2011...
OK, I admit it. I'm a sap. And there is no 12 step program for it, because my family would surely pack my bags and shuttle me off for the program.
I don't dole out 5 stars very often, but EIGHT BELOW is just wonderful. Paul Walker, Jason Biggs and Moon Bloodgood are great friends and the best at what they do as part of a science station in Antarctica. Paul Walker is a guide who relies upon his team of sled dog huskies and has a special relationship with the dogs. They're his babies!
After an accident on the ice, the station must be evacuated for medical attention for two of the team. They are forced to leave the beloved dogs behind to face the horrors of an Antarctica winter with no supplies.
Will the dogs survive in the wild? When the Walker crew make it back before the dogs die? Will Deidra ever drop her box of Puffs and stop sobbing in front of the movie screen?
EIGHT BELOW is amazing. The story is simple enough for the whole family to see, but with enough adult banter to entice the parents. And the doggies!! They're so cute!! You gotta see this movie!!
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Keri S. (irnivek) from LOVELL, WY
Reviewed on 2/20/2011...
Ok, I love dog movies. So of course I really enjoyed this movie. Granted it is a little cheesy in some parts, but the fact that it was based on a true story and had a bittersweet happy ending are enough to overlook the less than perfect dialog. My daughter (5) buries her face in a pillow when the leopard seal jumps out of the dead whale. A little bit of mild language. I thought Paul Walker did a great job of portraying a dog-loving man struggling with his loss. Would recommend this movie to all dog lovers out there.
A great movie -- and here's why I think so......
Richard L. Pangburn | Bardstown, KY USA | 02/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Inspired by the Japanese movie (released in the United States as ANTARTICA), which was based upon the true story of a 1958 Japanese expedition, the real antecedent of this movie is Egerton R. Young's marvelous memoir of his dogsled team, first published in 1902. This was the first book to detail the different personalities among dogs and the first to describe their work ethic and sense of responsibility.
Jack London acknowledged his debt to Egerton Young's memoirs (among other sources) which he took to craft the dogsled team in THE CALL OF THE WILD, something missing in the various incarnations of the novel on film. EIGHT BELOW captures the real intelligence of siberian huskies (well, two of them are malamutes) better than any movie I've ever seen. Sure, this is just a movie and tricks were used to make it appear that these dogs do what they seem to do. But huskies do smile, laugh, worry, think, and bond--and if you don't agree, then you just don't know them.
Yes, there are some sentimental and maudlin moments in this film, but there is also a sense of naturalism and a declaration of personal responsibility. An adventure film that is rare and welcome and worth seeing again.
The musical score is beautiful and nicely edited to fit the mood of each scene, ambient but not overwhelming. Both humans and dogs are underplayed, and it struck me as a movie for adults who can use their imagination to fill in the gaps in understated dialogue and character development. The beauty of the scenery is often breathtaking.
It was a nice touch that one of the dogs, the oldest, is named Jack, and one is named Buck. Buck was also the name of the protagonist in THE CALL OF THE WILD and Jack was the name of Egerton Young's real dog upon which Buck was based. Of course it may be just a coincidence.
The other dogs include the twins, Truman and Dewey (a Democrat and a Republican), Shorty, Max, Shadow, and sweet Maya, the lead dog. Dog people will have no trouble distinguishing between them.
Those who love this film might be also interested in Egerton Young's MY DOGS OF THE NORTHLAND, Jack London's THE CALL OF THE WILD, edited and annotated by Daniel Dyer, and Gary Paulsen's WINTERDANCE: THE FINE MADNESS OF RUNNING THE IDITAROD."
Great Family Adventure Movie! More like 4 1/2 stars
scherf.com | Las Vegas, NV USA | 02/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent family movie about an Antartica adventure. Although Jason Biggs of American Pie is in it, this time he's the usual goofball but without any stupid humor and not one bad word anywhere in the film. It's safe family entertainment. The story is about a scientific post in Antartica that uses eight Huskies to get around with selds in the snow-barren wilderness of the South Pole. Trouble starts for the dogs when Winter arrives early and the dogs have to survive by themselves which is documented in the film as is also the human aspect of leaving the dogs behind to fight for themselves. The scenery and photography is breathtaking and it is a well-made Disney movie. It is based on a true story and that makes it even more interesting. Don't compare this film to Snow Dogs as this film is not a comedy and the location, storyline and premise are completely different. Aside from the dogs as heros, Paul Walker plays the human hero and he plays the role of an expedition guide very believably. Some concepts of the human psyche which may have been intended to be communicated in this flick, clearly miss the mark as these are not communicated, but it doesn't matter ... it's a clean family movie which the juniors as well as dog lovers will really appreciate and enjoy. Also, a lot about the behavior and kindness/faithfulness of the four-legged friends is shown. My wife liked this film very much and she said the DVD once released is a definite buy. Although this movie is two hours long and there are some slow passages, the two hours don't seem like two hours at all. This film is about a very real adventure and it's well worth watching it."
Credit Where Credit is Due: The Real Stars of a Fine Movie
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 09/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"EIGHT BELOW is a satisfying film on every level: the story is excellent (based on fact), the script is good, the direction by Frank Marshall is tight and fast paced for a two hour film, the scenery is spectacular and the cast is committed and well chosen. But the real stars of this film are the eight wondrous dogs who for much of the film carry the entire story of being on their own in the Antarctica winter for five plus months - and for the most part surviving through bonding and obvious devotion to each other. They are splendid - beautiful to watch in action and touching to observe in their interaction. But the dogs alone could not have made this happen without the other true stars of the picture - the dog trainers. They deserve mention, so here they are: Michael Alexander and Sally Jo Sousa are the main trainers and are well supported by Tammy Blackburn, Tracy Gardhouse, Thomas L. Gunderson, Rowan Harland, Trish Judd, Dea Valentin Kristensen, Grace McLeod, Scott Rowe, Andrew Simpson, Cherie Smith and Tim Williams. There! The kudos go to them and their names are buried in the credits.
The story is one of dedication and devotion of a group of sledders in the Antarctica who take researchers, such as Doctor McLaren (Bruce Greenwood) who is looking for a meteorite from Mercury, on their missions. The main dog lover and trainer is Jerry (Paul Walker in one of his best performances) and he is assisted by Katie (Moon Bloodgood) and Coop (Jason Biggs). When Jerry is out with the eight dogs taking Doctor McLaren to fine his meteorite, a major storm arises and the dogs and the two men barely make it back to the station, McLaren suffering a broken leg and saved by the bravery of the dogs and Jerry. The crew must evacuate and Jerry insists the dogs be taken out with them, but he is promised that the pilot Katie will return for them, a deed which goes unkept because of the severe weather. The dogs are left to fend for themselves and Jerry is heartbroken, making every feasible attempt to rescue them. By films ends we have witnessed the miracle of survival of the dogs and a demonstration of the profound bonding between man and animal.
This film may seem slight from the photo on the DVD, but it is one of those family oriented films that breaks barriers and delivers on a grand scale some very important emotional content. The cast is excellent (the dogs of course being the main characters). The production values are superb except for a strangely mawkish score by Mark Isham. Well worth your time and attention. Grady Harp, September 06"