North Star

Synopsis: Set during the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800's. In his efforts to gain control of a small mining town, Sean McLennon is buying up every mining claim that becomes available, usually after the deaths of the previous owners at the hands of McLennon's 'assistants'. One of the miners targeted by McLennon, a half-Indian hunter named Hudson Saanteek, manages to escape his hired thugs and comes back into town looking to re-establish his claim and get revenge. McLennon and his men have the advantange of numbers and weapons, but Saanteek has his survival skills and knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness.
Director(s): Nils Gaup
Production: Warner Home Video
88 min

Where is Hudson Saanteek?

You have to leave.

You're not supposed to be here.

Not now.

- Please.

- Oh.

Don't buy yourself trouble.

I want the man that signed the claim.

Nobody has a claim.

This is a sacred place.

Ask him again, Smiley.

- Jesus, mountain's solid gold.

- So where is he?

Just leave us alone.

This is our grandfather.

We're saying our goodbyes.

There. I'll ask you again.

Where is Hudson Saanteek?

- What are you doing here? Get out!

- Hudson!

Don't let him get away.

- Where is he?

- Up there.

Come on, this way.

Kill the son of a b*tch.

Over there.


Got him.

- You got him, huh?

- Yeah.

Let's get back to Nome.

I'll buy youse all a nice warm hooker.




You've grown.

- You're home.

- Morning, Miss Sarah.

- Good morning.

I'll take her, Miss Sarah.

Thank you.

- Mama.

- What is it?


It's so good to see you.


Can you believe it?

What is it?

This winter,

you'll have a room of your own.

Close your eyes.

Can you feel how warm? It's gold.

Sold, the Kosoktok mine... this lucky man...

...for $250.

Next up, the North Star Falls.

"Former owner,

Hudson Saanteek, deceased."

The bidding will start at $200.

Do I hear $200?

- Two hundred dollars.

- Two hundred dollars, I have bid.

- Do I hear 225?

- Two-twenty-five.

- Two-twenty-five, the man down front.

- Two-fifty.

Three hundred.

- Three-twenty-five.

- Three-twenty-five bid.

Do I hear $400?

I don't. No...

- Four hundred dollars.

- Four-twenty-five.


I have bid 450, a man at the back.

- Going once...

- One thousand.

One thousand dollars is the bid.

Going once.

Going twice.

Sold to Mr. Sean McLennon,

new owner of the North Star claim.

I'm, uh, very sorry about that.

It seems I've edged you out

by just a smidgen.

Mr. Hanson.

Bjorn, wait for us.

Come on, hurry up.

Come on, Jesper.

I want to claim a stake.

You mean, stake a claim?

Yes. That.

- Name?

- Bjorn Svenson.

Where's this claim at?



Proof of citizenship?

- I'm Swedish.

- I'm sorry, Mr., uh, "Svenson."

Unless you're an American citizen,

I have to deny your claim.

What? L... I don't...

- What do you mean?

- According to the Miner's Association...

...foreigners can no longer stake claims

on American land.

But it's my claim.

I've been digging for eight months.

That's why I came here.

I'm sorry, it's not my rule.

Give me my map.

I'm sorry, it is now the property of

the North American Miner's Association.

- Give me my map.

- Mr. Svenson.

Don't you jump my claim.


Hey. Hey. What's going on here?

They said,

foreigners can't make claims here.

- They stole my map.

- Who?

- Who?

- He.

That's against the law.

We're only following

Miner's Association rules, Lindberg.

If you wanna complain,

you know where to go.

All right, come on.

- Where's McLennon?

- Who?

- The owner, your boss.

- Oh, McLennon.

I haven't seen him.

Where's McLennon?

Yes? Gentlemen, can I help you?

How dare you deny these men

their claims?

Oh, I see, you, um...

You think this is a claims office.

It's true. This is a bar.

This man was denied his claim

because he was not a citizen.

After eight months of digging.

Do you think that's just?

Well, according to the

Miner's Association, yes, it is just.

You are the Miner's Association.


Yes, that's true. I am the president.

And as the president,

it is my duty to inform you...

...we are about to a meeting which

will declare all foreign claims...

- ...void and illegal.

- No, no, you can't do that.

You can't do this.

What's the matter with you?

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Sergio Donati

Sergio Donati (born 13 April 1933) is an Italian screenwriter. He has written for more than 70 films since 1952. He was born in Rome, Italy. He started as a writer and had some of his books optioned for film. He is well known for his collaboration with Italian director Sergio Leone, who encouraged him to take up screenwriting as a full-time career, and with Italian producer Dino de Laurentis. What is film? In the first act, you hang a man up in a tree. In the second act, you throw stones at him. In the third act, he falls down. If he is alive, it is a comedy. If he is dead, it is a drama. more…

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