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Eight Below

Jerry Shepherd (Paul Walker) and his team of sled dogs help scientists explore Antarctica. But when a medical emergency arises, the man is forced to abandon his faithful pups so he can save human lives. Left on their own, the Huskies must find a way to survive the approaching winter. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 120
Theater Release: 16 Feb 2006
Video Release: 20 Jun 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Life is full of tough decisions when determining priorities. Parents may want to discuss the choices made in Eight Below regarding the need to evacuate humans at the cost of leaving the dogs behind.

One scene in the movie depicts some incredibly bright Northern Lights playing across the Antarctic sky… a highly unlikely event as the Aurora Borealis are contained to the Northern Hemisphere. For more information on this natural phenomenon, check this Norwegian site.

***Late breaking news!*** After publishing this review, we have had many letters from readers informing us of the Southern Lights, often referred to as Aurora Austalis. Check this page for more info (submitted by Tony in Florida): http://www.ast.leeds.ac.uk/haverah/spaseman/aurora.shtml

Even though this film was shot in northern British Columbia, Canada and Greenland, you may still want to find out more about Antarctica. Some good Internet points of interest include: CIA World Factbook
Australian Antarctic Division
University of Chicago Virtual Tour

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