Mystery, Alaska - Movie Synopsis & Plot
After Sports Illustrated publishes a human interest story and boasts that the local pond hockey team in Mystery, Alaska ... a hockey-loving town of only 633 people ... is good enough to rival professionals in the NHL-the challenge is on.
A publicity stunt turns into the ultimate lopsided competition, as The New York Rangers reluctantly agree to an exhibition playoff against the Mystery Eskimos, to whom hockey is more than a game and obsession, it is their town's legacy and a matter of community pride. The event is great exposure for the National Hockey League's image, and the network sees dollar signs and a sure-fire ratings winner. But the people of Mystery, including John Biebe (Russell Crowe), Charles (Hank Azaria), Donna (Mary McCormack), Mary Jane (Lolita Davidovich) and Judge Burns (Burt Reynolds), could wind up as a national joke.
Team Mystery is a rag-tag collection of eccentric locals including the town's sheriff, its grocer, a deliveryman and a high school senior who play for the love of the game, not fame or big money. If they lose the game, they also lose their valued dignity. With such high stakes, the entire town must put petty rivalries behind them and face off against the tough Rangers, in Hollywood Pictures' drama, "Mystery, Alaska".
"Mystery, Alaska" is more than a sports movie. It's a David and Goliath story about a small town rising to a very big challenge.
Mystery, Alaska-In this little town on the outskirts of greatness, completely isolated by glaciers and vast, snowy mountains, there are only two things to do when the temperature drops below zero: Stay inside with your spouse (or somebody else's), or get out and learn to skate on a glacier.
The legendary hockey players of Mystery are born on skates. And the weekly hockey game on the local "pond of dreams" is much more than a sport-it's a ritual celebration attended with religious devotion, the only thing that holds the players together. But then an article in a sports magazine prompts the National Hockey League to send the New York Rangers to challenge these local heroes in a "Rocky"-like, back-to-the-roots-of-hockey exhibition game. The publicity stunt thrusts this tiny town and writer David E. Kelley's and Sean O'Byrne's colorful characters into the national spotlight and promises fame and fortune for everybody.
But the invading corporate circus threatens to destroy the only thing that matters to Mystery: the pure ritual of the local sport. Will the boys of winter transcend the hype and take on the Rangers in a real contest? Or will they become a national joke? The outcome is only a game away.