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"A Small Town on the Outskirts of Greatness."
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“Mystery, Alaska” is a comedy/drama about the tiny, isolated fictional town of Mystery, Alaska, where hockey is the main form of entertainment that bonds the residents together. The Saturday pond hockey game is the highlight of the town’s week and is an event in which the best players divide into two teams of five and play until they are exhausted. Players try desperately to do their very best in each game in order to remain in the game’s lineup and hold off any up and comers that may be threatening to take their spot.

Mystery and the Saturday game get a sudden boost of attention after a former resident writes an article describing the two for Sports Illustrated magazine. Immediately afterward, sporting networks in New York begin to create a publicity stunt to test Mystery’s hockey toughness and skill by having the players take on the New York Rangers in Mystery on a nationally televised game. Initially reluctant, the town eventually agrees to host the Rangers, though they first have to fix their own relationships first before they can focus on winning the game.

Several subplots underlie the climactic big game. The town’s sheriff has to overcome his disappointment of being removed from the Saturday game in favor of a young star and become a coach the team needs to play together. Another player is at odds with the Mayor over his adulterous relationship with the Mayor’s wife, which he has to end to help unite the town and team in their main goal. The town’s judge also transform from a strict father that is fighting to stop his daughter’s teenage love to the hockey coach that he used to be in order to prepare the team to play at their full potential. The film concludes with the town rallied and the biggest game of their lives being played against the Rangers on their own pond.

| 1999 | 1 hr 59 min | 6.7/10 | 49/100
Russell Crowe, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, Burt Reynolds
October 1,  1999 (1999-10-01)
Jay Roach
Produced By
David E. Kelley

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