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Kevin of the North: aka "Chilly Dogs"

A travel agent must complete a 1,000-mile Alaskan dog sled race in order to inherit his grandfather's fortune, while people hoping to acquire the fortune themselves try to sabotage him every step of the way.

Genre - Comedy

Director(s) - Bob Spiers

Writer(s) - William Osborne

Cast - Skeet Ulrich, Natasha Henstridge and Leslie Nielsen

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier

Distributor(s) - GFT Entertainment, Hilltop Entertaiment, Studio Eight Productions, Universal Studios (DVD)

Release Date - 2001

Synopsis - Kevin Manley (Skeet Ulrich), a travel salesman from L.A., will receive a huge inheritance from his grandfather if he successfully completes Alaska's Iditirod dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome. In Alaska, he forms a friendship with Bonnie Livengood (Natasha Henstridge), realizing too late that her grandpa was his grandfather's arch-enemy. Leslie Nielsen plays Thornton, the sneaky lawyer who wants the riches for himself. British comic Rik Mayall plays Kevin's evil competitor.

Release Data:
Screened in France in 2001; on Norwegian Video/DVD in 2002; in Spain, Bahrain and Kuwait in 2003 and on German and Hungarian TV in 2005. It was also seen in Italy and Brazil. It came out on U.S. DVD (as "Chilly Dogs") on Feb. 4, 2003.

Viewers' Ratings:
As of Feb. 29, 2009, 751 viewers had rated Kevin of the North at the Internet Movie Database, and the demographic groups that liked it best were girls 17 and younger (rating it 9.7 out of 10), boys 17 and under (6.7) and women 45 and older (5.8).

Critic's Kudos
Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly: "Since it has an abundance of people hitting each other on the head with heavy things and explosions that leave characters covered in soot, la Yosemite Sam, Kevin of the North seems to be pitched at kids who adore the painful physical comedy of Home Alone or Bushwhacked."

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Director is Bob Spiers (one of Britain's all-time top TV comedy directors; nominated for seven British Best Comedy or Best Light Entertainment TV series awards, winning for Absolutely Fabulous and Fawlty Towers; also directed Spice World, Murder Most Horrid, That Darn Cat, 29 episodes of Are You Being Served,23 episodes of Absolutely Fabulous, 23 episodes of Press Gang, 13 episodes of French & Saunders, 12 episodes of Joking Apart, 11 episodes of Days Like These, eight episodes of Murder Most Horrid, eight episodes of The Comic Strip Presents, eight episodes of seven episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, seven episodes of The Goodies, seven episodes of Agony Again, six episodes of Fawlty Towers, six episodes It Ain't Half Hot Mum, sixepisodes of Bottom, six episodes of Lazarus & Dingwell, six episodes of Come Back Mrs. Noah and four episodes of Dad's Army).

Writer is William Osborne (Fat Slags, Twins, The Scorpion King, What Rats Won't Do, The Real McCoy, Thunderbirds, Ghost in the Machine, Stop or My Mom Will Shoot).

Stars Skeet Ulrich (won Western Heritage award for Into the West; nominated for Saturn Award for Scream; appeared in As Good as it Gets, Weekend at Bernie's, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Craft, Ride With the Devil, Albino Alligator, 29 episodes of Jericho and 13 episodes of Miracles); Natasha Henstridge (MTV Award nom for Species; appeared in The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, Ghosts of Mars, Species II, Deception, Maximum Risk, Bounce, 40 episodes of She Spies, 22 episodes of Eli Stone, 16 episodes of Commander in Chief and 27 other movies and TV projects); Leslie Nielsen (five major awards and six other nominations for works including Police Squad, Men With Brooms, The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear, Robson Arms, Day by Day and Due South; also appeared in Airplane, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, Scary Movie 3 and 4, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Forbidden Planet, The Poseidon Adventure, Spy Hard, The Kentucky Fried Movie, Creepshow, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Mr. Magoo, Music Within, 2001: A Space Travesty, 34 episodes of The New Breed, 18 episodes of Peyton Place, 12 episodes of Studio One, nine episodes of Dr. Kildare, nine episodes of Disneyland, seven episodes of Armstrong Circle Theatre, six episodes of Kraft Television Theatre, six episodes of Tales of Tomorrow, six episodes of Police Squad, six episodes of The Bold Ones: The Protectors, six episodes of Suspense, five episodes of The Virginian, five episodes of The Web, four episodes of Kung Fu, four episodes of Robert Montgomery Presents, four episodes of Lights Out and 198 other films and TV works).

Cast also includes Rik Mayall (won Emmy for The Willows in Winter; Best TV Comedy Actor British Comedy Award nom for Dancing Queen; appeared in An American Werewolf in London, Drop Dead Fred, Eye of the Needle, Valiant, Shock Treatment, Carry on Columbus, Eat the Rich, Blackadder II, Bring me the Head of Mavis Davis, 28 episodes of The New Statesman, 18 episodes of Bottom, 17 episodes of The Comic Strip Presents, 13 episodes of Tales of Uplift and Moral Improvement, 13 episodes of Watership Down, 12 episodes of The Young Ones, six episodes of All About George, six episodes of Believe Nothing, six episodes of Filthy Rich & Catflap and 70 other films and TV projects); Lochlyn Munro (Unforgiven, Scary Movie, Freddy vs. Jason, White Chicks, Duets, A Night at the Roxbury, Needful Things, Dead Man on Campus, seven episodes of Charmed, four episodes of Two, four episodes of 21 Jump Street and 109 other movies and TV projects); Jay Brazeau (Gemini Award nom for Stargate SG-1; appeared in Best in Show, Insomnia, Double Jeopardy, Cool Runnings, The Big Snit, How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, It, Little Women, Air Bud, Snow Falling on Cedars, 65 episodes of Sabrina the Animated Series, 16 episodes of The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, 13 episodes of Gadget and the Gadgetinis, six episodes of Cold Squad, five episodes of Odyssey, five episodes of 21 Jump Street and 157 other movies and TV projects); Robin Nielsen (Wrongfully Acused, Riding the Bullet, The Dead Zone, 24/7); Gina Stockdale (won 2007 Leo award for Regarding Sarah; performed in A Guy Thing, Big and Hairy, Barbie of Swan Lake, the Linda McCartney Story, Duye East and 15 episodes of Hope Island); Benita Ha (X-Men: The Last Stand, Love and Death on Long Island, Paycheck, The 6th Day, Catwoman, White Noise, seven episodes of Higher Ground and 50 other movies and TV projects) and Ted Friend (X2, The Butterfly Effect, Elf, Scary Movie 4, Freddy Got Fingered, Miracle, Blonde and Blonder and 23 other movies and TV projects).

Executive Producers are Gary Howsam (Chapter 27, Crime Spree, Ripper, Cord, Chicago Cab, Delirious, The Shadow Dancers, Wishmaster 3 and 4, Silver Wolf, My 5 Wives, High Explosive, Queen's Messenger, A Twist of Faith, 10 episodes of The Tudors and 52 other movies and TV projects); William Osborne (Ghost in the Machine, The Real McCoy, Bermuda Grace) and Harel Goldstein (Back in the Day, Global Heresy, More Dogs Than Bones, P.U.N.K.S., Curse of the Starving Class, Ignition).

Producers are Jamie Brown (Gemini Award noms for Urban Angel and The Many Trials of One Jane Doe; also produced Savage Messiah, The Brylcreem Boys, To Walk With Lions, Puckoon, The Intruder, 14 episodes of Guinea Pig and 36 other movies and TV projects) and Thomas Hedman (Last of the Dogmen, RPM, The Guilty, Ignition, RPM).

Original Music by Kenny Craddock (The Love Child, Burning AshWild Flowers, 12 episodes of Joking Apart); Colin Gibson (Funny Business, All Change, Up Line, The Love Child, 12 episodes of Joking Apart) and Harvey Summers (The Stranger in Memory Alone).

Cinematography by David Geddes (won three Best Cinematography Leo Awards and one other Leo nom for The Messengers, The Evidence, A Simple Curve and Here's to Life; also shot Halloween: Resurrection, 21 Jump Street, John Doe, Black Ice, Ernest Rides Again, Y2K, 35 episodes of Men in Trees, 10 episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, eight episodes of The Evidence, eight episodes of Dark Angel and 58 other films and TV projects).

Film Editing by Lara Mazur (five major Canadian award nominations, winning Genie Award for Suddenly Naked; also cut Trucks, Air Bud: World Pup, Cadillac Girls, Touching Evil, 26 episodes of Highlander, 19 episodes of Da Vinci's Inquest, 13 episodes of Andromeda, 12 episodes of Intelligence, seven episodes of Wild Roses and 49 other movies and TV projects).

Production Design by Chris August (War, Battle in Seattle, Chaos, John Doe, The Limbic Region, seven Ernest movies including Ernest Scared Stupid and 12 episodes of The Odyssey).

Art Direction by Shannon Grover (Emmy nom for Joan of Arc; also art directed The L Word, The Butterfly Effect, Catch and Release, Man About Town, Man With a Gun and 36 episodes of Men in Trees).

Costume Designer is Crystine Booth (Genie award nom for Once in a Blue Moon; also costumed Higher Ground, On the Corner, P.T. Barnum, Touched and Bit and Hairy).

Special Effects Coordinator is Dean Lockwood (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Seven Years in Tibet, Cliffhanger, Vertical Limit, Lake Placid, Stakeout, Bird on a Wire, Medicine Man, The Santa Clause 2, Rainbow War and Shoot to Kill).

Visual Effects Coordinators are Michael Endres (Ignition) and Sebastian Hellge (Ignition).

Memorable quotes:
"I slept like a baby. I woke every three hours and cried."





Links:
Internet Movie Database entry for Kevin of the North

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