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On the Ice

HD   R Closed Captioning

Andrew Okpeaha Maclean

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About the Movie

In this engrossing and suspenseful feature film debut by filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another in order to survive. The shocked boys stumble through guilt-fueled days, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit. With their future in the balance, the two boys are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: While Mr. Irelan and a few of the supporting players have some solid moments (the entire cast consists of nonprofessionals), the general vibe is too stilted to convince. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Feb 16, 2012

Fresh: An authentic look at life in remote Alaska (the film was shot with a native cast in MacLean's hometown of Barrow) and at a people grappling with drugs, alcoholism, poverty and the limits of an unforgiving environment. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Feb 23, 2012

Fresh: On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling. – Brian Miller, Village Voice, Feb 14, 2012

Fresh: The sympathetic feature debut of a young Inupiat filmmaker, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Feb 16, 2012

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On the Ice
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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