Eight Below is a 2006 American survival drama film based on Antarcticaby Toshirô Ishidô, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Tatsuo Nogami and Susumu Saji. It was produced by Patrick Crowley and David Hoberman, directed by Frank Marshall with music by Mark Isham and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and Jason Biggs.
It was released theatrically on February 17, 2006, by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States. The film is set in Antarctica, but was filmed in Svalbard, Norway, Greenland, and British Columbia, Canada. The film received positive reviews from critics and it earned $120.4 million on a $40 million budget.
- Starring : Paul Walker / Bruce Greenwood
- Genre : Adventure / Drama / Family
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Frank Marshall
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Spyglass Entertainment / Mandeville Films / Winking Productions / The Kennedy/Marshall Company / Vertigo Entertainment
- Distributor : Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures / Buena Vista International / Columbia Pictures / Falcon / Prooptiki / Audio Visual Enterprises / BBC One / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney Channel / Moviemax Family / Veronica / Walt Disney Home Video / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Eight Below movie
Eight Below release date
- February 17, 2006 : Canada
- February 17, 2006 : USA
- March 10, 2006 : Australia
- March 15, 2006 : Philippines (Manila)
- March 18, 2006 : Japan
- March 23, 2006 : Germany
- March 24, 2006 : Israel (limited)
- March 30, 2006 : Israel
- April 13, 2006 : Singapore
- April 20, 2006 : UK
- April 21, 2006 : Ireland
- April 26, 2006 : France
- April 28, 2006 : Spain
- January 24, 2007 : Sweden (DVD premiere)
Eight Below cast
- Paul Walker as Jerry Shepard
- Bruce Greenwood as Davis McClaren
- Moon Bloodgood as Katie
- Wendy Crewson as Eve McClaren
- Gerard Plunkett as Dr. Andy Harrison
- August Schellenberg as Mindo
- Jason Biggs as Charlie Cooper
- D.J. as Max -a Dog
- Timba as Max – a Dog
- Koda as Maya – a Dog(as Koda Bear)
- Jasmin as Maya – a Dog
- Apache as Old Jack – a Dog
- Buck as Old Jack – a Dog
- Noble as Shadow – a Dog
- Troika as Shadow – a Dog
In 1993, Jerry Shepard is a guide at an Antarctica research base under contract with the National Science Foundation. UCLA professor, Dr. Davis McClaren, arrives at the base. He presses Shepard to take him to Mount Melbourne to find a rare meteorite from Mercury. Because of the hazardous conditions of the ice, vehicles traveling to the mountain would likely be too heavy to stay on the surface. Shepard decides that the only way to get to Mount Melbourne is by dog sled.
Shepard and McClaren make it to Mount Melbourne, but are called back to base camp due to an approaching heavy storm. McClaren begs for more time, and Shepard gives him half a day, which is enough time to find a fragment of the meteorite. En route back to base, McClaren slips down an embankment, breaking his leg and falling into freezing water. Shepard uses the lead dog Maya to carry a rope to McClaren and pulls him out. The two battle hypothermia, frostbite and near whiteout conditions as the dogs lead them home. Once there, the entire human crew is immediately evacuated, while the dogs are left behind. Certain that their pilot will return within days for the dogs, Shepard tightens their collars to ensure they cannot get loose and run away. But because of the harsh weather conditions, no rescue can be attempted until the next spring – and by then the dogs will be dead.
Back at home, Shepard tries to secure a plane to return and save the dogs, but no one is willing to finance the risky expedition. Five months later, Shepard makes one last attempt to get back. McClaren realizes the magnitude of his ingratitude and uses the remaining balance of his grant money to finance a rescue mission. Shepard acknowledges that there is almost no chance that any of the dogs have survived this long, but he owes it to his team to go back for them.
After being left behind, the eight sled dogs – lead dog Maya, Old Jack, Shorty, Dewey, Truman, Shadow, Buck, and the young Max, wait in the freezing conditions for Shepard to return. After two weeks without eating, with their spirits dwindling, they sit on the line next to the base. Suddenly, a gull flies near, prompting the dogs into action, and they all begin to break free, one by one. Old Jack, too weak by now, remains attached, and Maya stays to try and free him while the others chase the flock of gulls that have landed nearby. Maya realizes Old Jack has given up, and she reluctantly leaves him behind when he shows no sign of wanting to leave the base. Maya joins up with the other dogs, and they all work together to attack the gulls and manage to kill a few, getting their first food in two weeks.
After nearly two months on their own, having kept their strength up and still traveling, the dogs rest on a slope one night under the southern lights. Fascinated by the display, they run about and play until Dewey slips and falls down an incline, lying injured at the bottom. The team rushes to his side and sleeps with him. In the morning they find he has died. Max, unwilling to leave him, stays behind momentarily while the others head on, and by the time Max heads in their direction, he has lost them.
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