Eight Below

Eight Below

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Director: Frank Marshall

Cast: Frank Marshall, Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood


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Eight brave sled dogs search for the master who is looking for a way to rescue them in this adventure drama. An American geologist (Bruce Greenwood) flies to Antarctica to participate in a project at the United States Research Base, where he teams up with arctic guide Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker) and his…  See more details below


Eight brave sled dogs search for the master who is looking for a way to rescue them in this adventure drama. An American geologist (Bruce Greenwood) flies to Antarctica to participate in a project at the United States Research Base, where he teams up with arctic guide Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker) and his best friend, Cooper (Jason Biggs). The scientist soon discovers that Shepard also has eight other valuable friends -- a pack of sled dogs he's worked with for years, who have rescued him from a number of tight spots. As the three men explore a frozen mountain region, an unexpected accident coupled with a massive storm front forces them to fly to safety, leaving the dogs behind. Shepard is determined to rescue his canine friends, but he has to wait until the weather will allow him to travel back to the mountain, while the dogs struggle against the elements to survive as they attempt to make their way back home. Eight Below was inspired by a true story involving Japanese researchers exploring the Antarctic in 1957; the story was made into the film Nankyoku Monogatari.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
It would be easy to dismiss this movie about dogs stranded in the Antarctic as just another Disney wildlife film, not unlike those the studio churned out during the 1950s and '60s. But Eight Below is a rattling good yarn and not as kiddies-oriented as its trailers would have you believe. An expedition to the South Pole, commissioned by Dr. Davis McClaren (Bruce Greenwood), comes to an abrupt end and requires the immediate evacuation of everyone in the camp. Youthful guide Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker) is forced to leave behind the eight huskies that made up his dogsled team, forcing the canines to fend for themselves while he tries unsuccessfully to mount a rescue effort. Director Frank Marshall juggles two sets of characters -- humans and huskies -- and does an altogether admirable job. The efforts of the stranded dogs to scavenge food and keep from freezing are detailed with remarkable realism, and a combination of scene compositions, camera angles, and ingenious editing makes it appear that the dogs are communicating with each other. The human performers, for their parts, have the advantage of being given dialogue, and they make the most of it. As the film's nominal star, Walker does a better-than-adequate job, but secondary lead Greenwood nearly steals the show with his superior performance as the scientist who regrets leaving the dogs behind -- especially because they saved his life on the trip to the camp -- but sees it as the only real option. At times Eight Below is pretty grim, befitting the predicament of its four-legged protagonists, but all in all it's a stirring and uplifting drama that will entertain adults as well as kids.
All Movie Guide
Embedded in the children's movie Eight Below is a story that appeals to adults. Unfortunately, it emerges only in the first half. Disney's tale of eight sled dogs abandoned during an Antarctic storm, the film definitely starts out with the rhythms of a harrowing adventure. Screenwriter David DiGillio lays the groundwork, offering an insider's look at the world of Antarctic exploration, as well as the unique personality types who make the sourthernmost land mass their area of expertise, among them Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker). Jerry's transportation of a scientist (Bruce Greenwood) to a remote mountain -- a treacherous trip Jerry advises against -- turns into a handful of thrilling set pieces, involving caverns hidden by snow, frigid waters, storms, the threat of frostbite, and a heroic group of exceptionally trained dogs. Combine that with some lighter moments and some gorgeous cinematography, and Eight Below has a great vibe going. It's when the humans must evacuate that the movie wanders into the precious territory of a kiddie film, losing track of that vibe. Whenever director Frank Marshall checks in on the dogs, the jaunty flute music kicks in, and the action tends to take on the whimsy of a talking animal movie. There's also a certain inauthenticity to these passages, since they involve imagining how the dogs might survive in this environment without humans -- a speculative exercise at best. Meanwhile, as Jerry makes repeated attempts to get back to them, even through political channels back in the U.S., his character is sentenced to a lot of frowning and looking forlorn -- a stark contrast from the man of action we saw in the first half. Eight Below exceeds expectations by quite a bit, but it would be even better if the second half could match the first -- and if it were 20 minutes shorter.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with audio commentary by director; "Running With the Dogs: The Making of Eight Below"; Director and producer audio commentary; Director, actor and director of photography audio commentary

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Walker Jerry Shepard
Bruce Greenwood Davis McClaren
Moon Bloodgood Katie
Jason Biggs Charlie Cooper
Gerard Plunkett Dr. Andy Harrison
August Schellenberg Mindo
Wendy Crewson Eve McClaren
Belinda Metz Rosemary
DJ Abdel Max
Timbalada & Os Zarabe Maya
Koda Bear Maya
Jasmine Old Jack
Apache Old Jack
Buck 65 Shadow
Adrian Noble Shadow
Troika Buck
Flapjack Buck
Dino Truman
Chase Rucker Productions Dewey
Chase Rucker Dewey
Babi Floyd Dewey
A. James Ryan Shorty
Carl Jasper Shorty
Connor Christopher Levins Eric McClaren
Duncan Fraser Captain Lovett
Dan Ziskie Navy Commander
Michael Simms Armin Butler
Daniel Bacon Bureaucrat #2
Laara Sadiq Bureaucrat #3
Malcolm Stewart Charles Buffett
Dexter Bell Worker #1
Garry Chalk Boat Captain
Brendan Campbell Waitress
Michael D. Adamthwaite Wharf Boat Captain
Buddy Cain Crew Member
Damon Johnson Jamison
Richard Sali Frank
Alexios A. Panou Howard
Mike Nowak Conductor

Technical Credits
Frank Marshall Director,Executive Producer
C. Mitchell Amundsen Cinematographer
Andrei Andrianko Set Decoration/Design
Deborah Aquila Casting
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Fitch Cady Production Manager
John Clothier Camera Operator
Douglas Craik Camera Operator
Patrick Crowley Producer
David DiGilio Screenwriter
Luc Étienne Asst. Director
Kirk H. Francis Sound Mixer
Don French Asst. Director
David Hoberman Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Christine Iso Executive Producer
Masaru Kakutani Executive Producer
Oakley Lehman Stunts
Todd Lieberman Executive Producer
David R. Markowitz Asst. Director
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Christopher Rouse Editor
Roy Lee Executive Producer
Aaron Sims Art Director
Jeremy Stanbridge Art Director
Marshall Virtue Stunts
John Willett Production Designer
Andy Wilson Camera Operator
Tricia Wood Casting
Jori Woodman Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Eight Below
1. Opening Credits [4:22]
2. Bottom of the Planet [10:34]
3. The Expedition [7:55]
4. Melbourne [7:15]
5. Impending Storm [9:42]
6. Evacuation [14:34]
7. On Your Own [7:09]
8. Deep Winter [5:22]
9. Can't Let Go [12:19]
10. Teamwork [9:11]
11. Hope [9:23]
12. Return to the Base [5:02]
13. One More [9:51]
14. End Credits [7:28]

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Eight Below 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a fantastic movie, its a wonderful story about how people really care about there friends and when someone says they will keep a promise, they do! dogs really are a mans bestfriend. And its true that you have to fight for te things you care about. you will do anything. i recommend you watch this movie and read this book! its the best movie you will ever see about a relationship with man and dog!
clickhere More than 1 year ago
this movie is so fantastic,i got mesmerized by the 8 wonderful dogs....Dogs are really man's best friend and if you watch it,it will really make you teary eyed.....
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie and so did my mom. Why is it hard to imagine dogs with "human intelligence?" Whatever that means! I mean, looking at how we are as humans today on this earth, are we really all that smart? Dogs have displayed remarkable abilities- they constantly amaze us humans and besides, isn't this movie loosely based on a true story? They would have had to had some semblance of smarts in order to have survived! This film was moving and touching and beautiful to watch. Furthermore, it serves as a good guidance to young people to respect, appreciate and be grateful for nature and life in all its forms. And that, is a lesson well worth heeding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie i've ever seen. it's a little chessy but it has all of the major movie catagorys drama, comdy,sadness and can be very scary for part of it. This is the best movie ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie. It was so great! My favorite dogs were Maya, Max, and Shorty. I told all of my friends to watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My aunt and my grandma saw it and told me about it, it sounded interesting. Saw a preview for it on a different movie, it still sounded interesting. Finally, rented and watched it myself. It was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent movie. My 5 y/o son and I watched it together and we LOVED it. It was a very touching movie. Even my son had tears in his eyes! The dogs were so very cute and endearing. Great story line. I would certainly recommend it to everyone. I will be showing this movie to my 1st grade class this fall!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an animal lover (cat's) and I never think to much about dogs but this movie crashes all that. For 8 dogs to take care of each other (2 deceased, 1 wounded) for 5 months is totally incredible. This was superbly done. CUDOS, and tears in various scenes. James Coston =============
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! I watch it over and over. I love dogs so that is why I saw it. The movie is really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just rented this movie last night and it is one of my newest favorites of all time now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes this one is definetly a recent classic for everyone no matter what age you are. Me , my mom , and my 3 year old brother (who's about to turn 4 after Christmas) liked it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And now I'm getting it on DVD for my mom for Christmas. If you need something good and apropriate that you and your whole family can watch together , watch "Eight Below" IT'S A MUST SEE FOR ALL AGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Both kids and adults will love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recived this film for my birthday, and I liked it, but some parts in the film made me sad (I dont ever cry) like when the dog named Dewey falls off the cliff or when Old Jack perishes in the cold, and when Maya gets bitten on the leg by a seal and almost dies from losing blood, otherwise it is a moving film that will be pulling at your heart. I would also consider veiewing it with children 6 and under. It is a dog-lovers must-see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone that can not believe that dogs hunt exactly like this movie depicts, nor do you believe that dogs protect each other the exact way shown here, then when you get to, maybe 4th or 5 th grade and see how wild dogs of Africa hunt in packs.They absolutely protect each other just like the movie. You will learn that they hunt in unison and bring food back to their dens for their young and their protectors as they wait. If this was a true story, I only want to say, when will humans finally realize that even though they are animals, they are so much more loyal, trust worthy and loving. So if thats an animal, you can call me one also. What I thought was fake was, while the professor was taking all of that praise, the reason he was alive, safe, and home, was still left back there,unfed being left to die a slow agonizing, cold, cruel, death. Although I did feel good about the survival of the 6, there were still 2 that suffered. I viewed this movie twice so far, I drew tears twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Woof! This is an outstanding movie. Eight dogs are trained to pull sleds and since they can't have cars where they live they are a dog car and pull their owner to places. One day a doctor comes and they go look for something from space. When they return the doctor has a broken leg and the man has put frost burns around his eyes and has to go to the hospial. Will they dogs surive out in the cold with no shelter food or owner. Get the movie I enjoyed it and you will to.
honey-hapyer More than 1 year ago
this movie is good for the family, and dog lovers.

this movie rocks
librachic More than 1 year ago
this show is so touching,the dogs are so cute too,you have to watch it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this movie but I only have one gripe: the scenes where the dogs display human intelligence and coordinate tactics to catch birds and run off a seal that looks like a frickin dinosaur are the stupidest things this movie could have done. I understand it's a Disney movie but give me a break. Otherwise, this movie was grounded in reality.