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North Star (1996)

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Set during the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800s. In his efforts to gain control of a small mining town, Sean McLennon is buying up every mining claim that becomes available, usually ... See full summary »

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Nils Gaup

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Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry), Gilles Béhat (story) (as Giles Behat) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Sean McLennon
Christopher Lambert ... Hudson Saanteek (as Christophe Lambert)
Catherine McCormack ... Sarah
Burt Young ... Reno
Morten Faldaas Morten Faldaas ... Smiley
Jacques François ... Colonel Henry Johnson
Mary M. Walker Mary M. Walker ... Haina
Renny Hoalona Loren Renny Hoalona Loren ... Cheelik
Frank Salsedo Frank Salsedo ... Nakki
Don Backhurst Don Backhurst ... Native American
Roddy 'Two Eagle' Randall Roddy 'Two Eagle' Randall ... Native American
Reidar Sørensen Reidar Sørensen ... Bjorn Svenson (as Reidar Sorenson)
Pedea Torget Pedea Torget ... Jesper
Hilde Grythe Hilde Grythe ... Hannah
John Cassady ... Jim Hanson
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Storyline

Set during the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800s. In his efforts to gain control of a small mining town, Sean McLennon is buying up every mining claim that becomes available, usually after the deaths of the previous owners at the hands of McLennon's "assistants". One of the miners targeted by McLennon, a half-Indian hunter named "Hudson Saanteek", manages to escape his hired thugs, and comes back into town looking to re-establish his claim and get revenge. McLennon and his men have the advantange of numbers and weapons, but Saanteek has his survival skills, and knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Where land is power and revenge is obsession.


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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Italy | Norway

Language:

English | Inuktitut

Release Date:

3 January 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Tashunga See more »

Filming Locations:

Maridalen, Oslo, Norway See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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In the beginning of the movie, Sean McClennon (James Caan's character) states that "non-citizens" have no right to claims. Alaska was not even a US territory at the time, so in fact, Sean McClennon had no right to any claims as well. See more »

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Reno: Where is Hudson Saanteek?
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"Nobody dies, until I tell them to die!"
9 February 2013 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Christopher Lambert has quite a checkered list of elastic films where you either like his work or not. Sometimes they're fun ("Highlander", "The Hunted", "Fortress" and "Gunmen"), others less so ("Love Dream", "Highlander II" and "Fortress II") or they're downright atypical ("I love You", "Subway" and "Southland Tales"). For me the mid-90s chase adventure "The North Star" falls in the middle bracket… not a terrible film by any standards, just lacklustre along with Lambert's performance. It did remind me of the Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin 1980 feature "Death Hunt".

In Alaska in the 1890s a half-breed trapper becomes the target of a crooked businessman who wants the land of his ancestors and the only way to do so is to kill the half-breed.

The plot's foundation harbours familiar trappings, but never really comes alive with no real momentum or character interest. The action is uninspired, dialogues forced and the direction rather stagy in a cheap- looking production. It's the villainous performances of an unhinged James Caan and a burly Burt Young that keeps it from freezing over. Add to that the vivid snowy locations that dress up the screen. Catherine McCormick shows up, but gets little to do.

A sleepy, flat-footed chase drama.


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