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To Brave Alaska

Filmed in Alberta,Canada by Pebblehut Prods. in association with Paragon Entertainment, Pacific Motion Pictures Corp. and Jaffe/Braunstein Films. Executive producers, Jon Slan, Howard Braunstein, Christine Sacani; producer, Lynne Bespflug; director, Bruce Pittman; script, Carol Mendelsohn; camera, Michael Storey; editor, Ralph Brunjes; production designer, Chris August; art director, Walter Ockley, sound, Gordon Anderson; music, Lou Natale; casting, Shana Landsburg, Stuart Aikins. Cast: Alyssa Milano, Cameron Bancroft, Duncan Fraser, Winston Rekert, Paul Dignard, Jason Gaffney, Philip Granger, Barbara Tyson, Timothy Webber, Newman. A young bride and groom chase his dream mining for gold in the land of the cold and wind up buried to their necks (figuratively speaking, at least) in snow. "To Brave Alaska" follows real-life couple Denise Harris (Alyssa Milano) and Roger Lewis (Cameron Bancroft) to their rescue. While film has its positive aspects, curmudgeonly viewers may be left wondering how two such naive people made it out alive. He's a cop; she's a waitress. He answers an ad from businessman Wylie Bennett (Duncan Fraser), who's looking for someone to work his gold mine. Not too many weeks have passed when it occurs to the two that nobody is flying up to replenish their supplies thank heaven that she's packed plenty of hair-care products and they head for the nearest settlement, 75 air miles (and an estimated five days) away. He may be a former park ranger, but he's no outdoorsman: He doesn't realize that the radio they're given has extremely limited range, and the two and their dog, Newman, set off into the wilderness without benefit of map or compass and wind up wandering all over the place, stumbling into unexpected obstacles. They soon run out of food and supplies on the road. Even though she's a vegetarian, neither thinks to explore the edibility of the plentiful flora; and, evidently taken in by a deer's deep brown eyes, the cop refuses to shoot game until well into the trek, when Denise insists that he do so. And then he misses. Well into the film, audience realizes why (other than name value) Milano is top-billed: Her character develops a last-minute streak of bravery, while he goes to pieces. A search mission launched by Bill Decreeft (Winston Rekert), the pilot who flew them to Surprise Bay, eventually finds them; it turns out that Bennett hadn't told him or anybody else to bring them food every month. Other than the consistently vapid behavior of lead characters, Mendelsohn's script does its job with occasional flashes of wit, and Bruce Pittman's direction is on the money. And whenever the action flags, there are acres upon acres of handsome "Alaskan" scenery (shot in Alberta, Canada, in part by aerial cameraman Robert Mehnert), well illuminated by d.p. Michael Storey. Todd Everett

Filmed in Alberta,Canada by Pebblehut Prods. in association with Paragon Entertainment, Pacific Motion Pictures Corp. and Jaffe/Braunstein Films. Executive producers, Jon Slan, Howard Braunstein, Christine Sacani; producer, Lynne Bespflug; director, Bruce Pittman; script, Carol Mendelsohn; camera, Michael Storey; editor, Ralph Brunjes; production designer, Chris August; art director, Walter Ockley, sound, Gordon Anderson; music, Lou Natale; casting, Shana Landsburg, Stuart Aikins. Cast: Alyssa Milano, Cameron Bancroft, Duncan Fraser, Winston Rekert, Paul Dignard, Jason Gaffney, Philip Granger, Barbara Tyson, Timothy Webber, Newman. A young bride and groom chase his dream mining for gold in the land of the cold and wind up buried to their necks (figuratively speaking, at least) in snow. “To Brave Alaska” follows real-life couple Denise Harris (Alyssa Milano) and Roger Lewis (Cameron Bancroft) to their rescue. While film has its positive aspects, curmudgeonly viewers may be left wondering how two such naive people made it out alive. He’s a cop; she’s a waitress. He answers an ad from businessman Wylie Bennett (Duncan Fraser), who’s looking for someone to work his gold mine. Not too many weeks have passed when it occurs to the two that nobody is flying up to replenish their supplies thank heaven that she’s packed plenty of hair-care products and they head for the nearest settlement, 75 air miles (and an estimated five days) away. He may be a former park ranger, but he’s no outdoorsman: He doesn’t realize that the radio they’re given has extremely limited range, and the two and their dog, Newman, set off into the wilderness without benefit of map or compass and wind up wandering all over the place, stumbling into unexpected obstacles. They soon run out of food and supplies on the road. Even though she’s a vegetarian, neither thinks to explore the edibility of the plentiful flora; and, evidently taken in by a deer’s deep brown eyes, the cop refuses to shoot game until well into the trek, when Denise insists that he do so. And then he misses. Well into the film, audience realizes why (other than name value) Milano is top-billed: Her character develops a last-minute streak of bravery, while he goes to pieces. A search mission launched by Bill Decreeft (Winston Rekert), the pilot who flew them to Surprise Bay, eventually finds them; it turns out that Bennett hadn’t told him or anybody else to bring them food every month. Other than the consistently vapid behavior of lead characters, Mendelsohn’s script does its job with occasional flashes of wit, and Bruce Pittman’s direction is on the money. And whenever the action flags, there are acres upon acres of handsome “Alaskan” scenery (shot in Alberta, Canada, in part by aerial cameraman Robert Mehnert), well illuminated by d.p. Michael Storey. Todd Everett

To Brave Alaska

( Sun. (3), 9-11 p.m., ABC)

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