Eight Below

  • PG
  • Frank Marshall (2005)
  • Ger / US
  • 115 min
Eight Below
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Family audiences are in for a treat with this live-action Disney adventure from Alive director Frank Marshall. A canine-centred thrill ride about friendship, loyalty and survival, the film is essentially a remake of the reality-based 1983 Japanese blockbuster Nankyoku Monogatari (aka Antarctica). In a likeable performance, Paul Walker plays the guide to a group of Antarctic researchers who has developed a close bond with his eight skilled sled dogs. Narrowly escaping a fatal accident, thanks to their help, he's devastated when treacherous weather conditions force the whole team to evacuate, leaving his "kids" stranded in the frozen wilds. The beautifully shot scenes that unfold, as the resourceful mutts battle to stay alive for more than six months, calculatingly embrace every emotion, incorporating humour, pathos and - parents beware - unexpected scares. It's an exciting and enthralling mix, only slumping when the tale cuts back to Walker trying to put together a rescue mission in America.

Plot Summary

Canine adventure based on a true story, starring Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood and Jason Biggs. Antarctic survival guide Jerry Shepard and a group of scientists defy the oncoming winter in the interests of their research. But when an unexpected weather shift forces them to evacuate their base, they must leave their team of eight sled dogs behind. The animals must fight for survival until Jerry can return to rescue them.

Cast and crew


Jerry Shepard
Paul Walker
Davis McClaren
Bruce Greenwood
Moon Bloodgood
Charlie Cooper
Jason Biggs
Dr Andy Harrison
Gerard Plunkett
August Schellenberg
Eve McClaren
Wendy Crewson
Belinda Metz


Frank Marshall

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Apr 2006
Certificate PG