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At Theaters: 10/1/1999 On Video: 5/9/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 049909
Studio: Hollywood Pictures Inc.
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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.

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Drama - Mystery, Alaska is a comedy-drama about small-town residents and their love of hockey. Hockey fans might be most likely to enjoy the film, especially the scenes of hockey game action. Many others will find the pacing far too slow, with too much focus on extraneous characters.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Russell Crowe (L.A. Confidential)
Hank Azaria (Great Expectations, Celebrity)
Mary McCormack (True Crime, Private Parts)
Lolita Davidovich (Jungle 2 Jungle)
Director: Jay Roach (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
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PROFANITY: Strong and extremely frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Graphic sexual motions, no nudity
VIOLENCE: Sports violence, a shooting
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene of drunkenness
ACTION: Hockey game action
COMEDY: Quirky comedy involving eccentric characters
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Poor
After two obscenely bloated hours of MYSTERY, ALASKA, the question may no longer be how David E. Kelley ("The Practice," "Ally McBeal," "Chicago Hope," "Snoops") can be so prolific, but why he doesn't know when to quit. Ostensibly, the film is the story of a tiny Alaskan hamlet whose local-hero hockey team gets to play an exhibition against the New York Rangers. It then proceeds to heap so much extra baggage on the story that it never has a chance of getting off the ground. The first hour of the film is a grinding ordeal, so fragmented and unfocused that it's easy to forget what it's all supposed to be leading up to.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 173 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
22
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
14
Fairly High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
34
Fairly High
88%
30+Adults (M)
39
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
47
High
94%
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Mystery, Alaska -- In this little town on the outskirts of greatness, completely isolated by glaciers and vast, snowy mountains, there are only two things to do when the temperature drops below zero: Stay inside with your spouse (or somebody else's), or get out and learn to skate on a glacier.

The legendary hockey players of Mystery are born on skates. And the weekly hockey game on the local "pond of dreams" is much more than a sport -- it's a ritual celebration attended with religious devotion, the only thing that holds the players together. But then an article in a sports magazine prompts the National Hockey League to send the New York Rangers to challenge these local heroes in a "Rocky"-like, back-to-the-roots-of-hockey exhibition game. The publicity stunt thrusts this tiny town and writer David E. Kelley's and Sean O'Byrne's colorful characters into the national spotlight and promises fame and fortune for everybody.

But the invading corporate circus threatens to destroy the only thing that matters to Mystery: the pure ritual of the local sport. Will the boys of winter transcend the hype and take on the Rangers in a real contest? Or will they become a national joke? The outcome is only a game away.

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