Inspired by a true story and the hit Japanese film NANKYOKU MONOGATARI, Frank Marshall's (ALIVE, CONGO) EIGHT BELOW captures a rugged world of ice, snow, and threatening weather that few will ever experience in person. As a guide for a National Science Foundation Research Base in Antarctica, Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker) is perfectly content to spend his time exploring the wilderness with his sled dogs and goofing around with his best buddy, cartographer Charlie Cooper (Jason Biggs). Then UCLA geologist Davis McLaren (Bruce Greenwood) arrives at the camp with plans for a risky expedition: treacherous ice fields make his target destination accessible only by dog sled so late in the season. Soon Shepard, McLaren and the sled dogs--Maya, Max, Old Jack, Buck, Shorty, Dewey, Shadow, and Truman--are on their way in search of McLaren's prize: a meteorite from Mercury.
Unfortunately, an approaching storm forces Shepard and McLaren to return to base early. The return trip proves life-threatening, but the dogs pull through, saving both Shepard and McLaren from certain death. The storm also forces the scientists to leave the research center earlier than planned, and there's no room on board bush pilot Katie's (Moon Bloodgood) plane for the dogs. With the promise that someone will return for them immediately, Shepard leaves his beloved dogs behind. Soon, however, it becomes apparent that the weather has made a return trip impossible. Can the dogs survive in the Antarctic wilderness on their own, or will Shepard get back in time to save them? The dogs emerge as the most intriguing characters in the story, each exhibiting a distinct personality and fierce loyalty. The other major player is the wilderness itself, a beautiful, mysterious world that is rarely depicted on film.
David Hoberman - Executive Producer/1990s
Frank Marshall - American producer
Bruce Greenwood - Actor, 13 DAYS (2000), DOUBLE JEOPARDY (1999)
Adrian Noble - DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER
Dave Digilio - Screenwriter, EIGHT BELOW (2006)
Moon Bloodgood - Star, EIGHT BELOW (2006)
A. James Ryan - Star, EIGHT BELOW (2006)
August Schellenberg - Actor/"Black Robe"
Jason Biggs - Actor
Christopher Rouse - Editor, UNITED 93 (2006)
Mark Isham - Composer, WATERWORLD (1995)
Wendy Crewson - Actress
Paul Walker - American actor, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Theatrical Release: February 17, 2006
"[I]nspired by a real-life story of sled dogs who survived extended subzero abandonment....There's something invigorating about this unpretentious dog tale." -- Grade: B+ - 02/24/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.42-44
"[A]n orgy of canine cuteness." - 02/17/2006 New York Times, p.E24
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here' s an old-fashioned charm to director Frank Marshall's heartfelt tribute to canine courage." - 06/01/2006 Total Film, p.46
"The icy blue-gray locations are nicely captured, and hues are well balanced accordingly." - 07/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.70
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is one of the most rousing and gripping family films to come out of Disney in a long while." - 08/01/2006 Ultimate DVD, p.97