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USA: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs, Gerard Plunkett, August Schellenberg, Wendy Crewson, Belinda Metz, Connor Christopher Levins, Duncan Fraser, Dan Ziskie, Michael David Simms, Daniel Bacon, Laara Sadig, Malcolm Stewart, Dexter Bell, Garry Chalk, Brenda Campbell, Michael Adamthwaite, Buddy Cain, Damon Johnson, Richard Sali, Panou
Director: Frank Marshall
USA & UK: 120 mins
USA Rated: PG for some peril and brief mild language
UK Certificate: PG contains mild peril
USA Release Date: 17 February 2006
UK Release Date: 20 April 2006
"Never underestimate a living spirit's will to survive, especially when they're surrounded by family."
From the coldest, windiest, most untouched wilderness on earth—and inspired by an astonishing true story—comes this thrilling tale of action and adventure, of dogs and men, of friendship and loyalty and of the stirring spirit of tenacity and hope that sparked one of the most incredible survival stories of all time. Set against the backdrop of icy, stormy Antarctica, EIGHT BELOW follows eight surprising heroes stranded at the bottom of the world and the one man who would stop at nothing to bring his true friends home.
The fierce Antarctic winter is just setting in when an intrepid team of explorers and scientists on a research mission—survival guide Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker), his best friend and cartographer Cooper (Jason Biggs) and the rugged geologist Davis (Bruce Greenwood)—just narrowly escape a fatal accident, thanks to their steadfast team of eight skilled sled dogs. Forced to evacuate, the men must leave the beloved dogs behind in the frozen wilds—with a promise they will return. But when the storm of the century approaches, cutting off all means of travel, the dogs are stranded. Now, as the intelligent, courageous dogs—including noble pack leader Maya, rambunctious rebel Shorty and rising young alpha-in-training Max—fight to make it through the most unforgiving winter on the planet, the heartbroken Jerry is driven to mount a seemingly impossible rescue mission, aided by a beautiful and adventurous bush pilot, Katie (Moon Bloodgood).
Held together only by unwavering bonds of friendship, the humans and the dogs alike make a remarkable journey of grit, endurance and belief to find one another again in this spectacular but perilous land.
Walt Disney Pictures presents EIGHT BELOW, in association with Spyglass Entertainment, directed by Frank Marshall, whose films as a director include the epic adventures ALIVE and CONGO and who has produced some of the most popular and acclaimed motion pictures of the era including RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, SEABISCUIT and THE SIXTH SENSE. The screenplay is by David DiGilio and inspired by the real-life story from 1957 that was the basis of the blockbuster Japanese film NANKYOKU MONOGATARI (ANTARCTICA).