Shot in Alaska — or not?

According to Wikipedia: The psychological thriller Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams was extensively shot in Canada, but was set in Alaska. The 2007 horror feature 30 Days of Night is set in Barrow, Alaska but was filmed in New Zealand. Most films and television shows set in Alaska are not filmed there; for example, Northern Exposure, set in the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska, was actually filmed in Roslyn, Washington.

The 1983 Disney movie Never Cry Wolf was at least partially shot in Alaska. The 1991 film “White Fang”, starring Ethan Hawke, was filmed in and around Haines, Alaska. The 1999 John Sayles film Limbo, starring David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Kris Kristofferson, was filmed in Juneau. Sean Penn filmed large portions of the film Into the Wild on location in Alaska.

2 thoughts on “Shot in Alaska — or not?”

  1. There was a small scene in a Star Trek movie that was shot in Alaska which was standing in for an ice planet. John Denver’s ‘Higher Ground’ TV movie was set in Alaska, but filmed in Canada. (However, we did get a great song out of it!)

    I’d like to do a shout out here for my brother-in-law, the late Robert Pendleton who was an Alaskan film maker in the 60’s and 70’s. He made both fiction and documentaries and was a wonderful director.

  2. Tundra Philosopher

    Don’t forget Segal’s ON DEADLY GROUND! This is a great example of how a film shot here can still stink. (My students study this film as the “best” worst Alaskan film, in terms of stereo-types and just getting our state wrong.)

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