The Great Alaskan Race
The Dove Take:
For dog lovers, people lovers, and those who love history, this awesome, dramatic story of man against nature is for you!
In 1925’s historic great race of mercy, a group of brave mushers travel 700 miles to save the small children of Nome, Alaska, from a deadly epidemic.
The drama and mystery of this wonderful film may very well keep you on the edge of your seat! Set in Alaska in 1925, the dreaded illness, diphtheria, strikes in Nome, and the nearest vaccine available is over 650 miles away! There are several children at risk, and the doctor calls for help. He gets a response in the form of Leonhard Seppala (nicely played by Brian Presley). Against all odds he leads his dog sled and begins the long journey. Of course, this alone would be a difficult race against time, but when a raging blizzard with temperatures 40 below zero strike, Seppala and his dogs will face the biggest time challenge they’ve ever faced—the desperate need for the vaccine to arrive before children begin to die.
We are most pleased to award the film our Dove Seal for Ages 12+. There are a few utterances of language, and “Da*n you” is said before “God” but there is a hesitation and it seems that the character is upset with the situation and not cursing God. This sacrificial story, bolstered by scenes of praying people, portrays a remarkable story based on true events. The fact that Seppala made the journey in five and a half days, when it normally takes 25 days, is all the more incredible.