Which sport was number 1 obsession of the Mystery town, Alaska in the 1999 American film "Mystery, Alaska"?
Mystery, Alaska is a 1999 American comedy-drama film, directed by Jay Roach, about an amateur ice hockey team from the fictional small town of Mystery that plays an exhibition game against the National Hockey League (NHL)'s New York Rangers. It was shot in Banff National Park and on the set of a town built for the purpose outside Canmore, Alberta.
Mystery, Alaska received mixed-to-negative reviews. Along with the original consensus "The lack of hockey action and authenticity left critics cold," Rotten Tomatoes ranked the movie with 38%. It had very poor take-ins as well, grossing only $8,891,623, against an estimated budget of $28 million.
The movie centers on the town of Mystery, Alaska, where hockey is more than a sport – it is a way of life. The importance of the weekly Saturday game, when the best players come out for an exhibition game in front of the whole town, is made known from the start. Participation in the game is a status symbol in the small, remote community.
The conflict in the plot begins when John Biebe (Russell Crowe, L.A. Confidential) is cut from the team because he is too old and has lost his touch. Shortly after, Charlie Danner (Hank Azaria, Mystery Men) enters the scene. He’s a journalist who grew up in Mystery and has arranged for the New York Rangers to play a game of “pond hockey” with the locals as a promotional idea for his network.