Sugar Mountain

Synopsis: Two brothers, down on their luck, fake a disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness so they'll have a great survival story to sell, but the hoax turns out to be more real than they planned.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Richard Gray
Production: Screen Media Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


As the search for miles

west continues,

hope for finding the young

man alive is decreasing.

In these conditions, the

real dangers are exposure,

hypothermia, and starvation.

In locals new today, Liam

west, the brother who

originally reported miles

west missing, was seen

driving with Lauren Huxley,

the girlfriend of miles.

Miss Huxley is the

daughter of police chief

Huxley, who has said again

that there is no evidence

of foul play in

the disappearance.

I don't know why I treated

you the way I did.

I just want you to

know I love you.

Cause I don't know if

I'm gonna make it back.

Look at this, man.

F*** yeah!

You wanna try to get into this?

Liam! What's up, baby?


Come on, man.

It's a party.

Liam! Liam! Liam!

Six hundred grand.

I warned him.

I said, kid, don't wrap the

line around your fingers.

Six hundred grand.

That's three hundred

grand a finger.

He was a concert pianist.

So they reattached them.

Well, apparently they

don't work so good.

Miles, can you get my...

F*** it, you know?

We're the ones that found

their finger anyway.

If there was any

justice in the world,

- we would've gotten a slice.

- Miles, can you please get my...

Alright, alright.

I'm taking a shower.

Here I go.

My underwear.

They settled the

insurance months ago.

I don't know why he keeps...


Kinda wet.

Mom's bringing her kids today.

I just really don't

wanna be late.

So, how much would I

get if I lost a finger?

What if I lost an arm?

Not the same thing.

You can lose all of your limbs.

The kid's fingers

are worth more.

Remember that dude in Utah?

In the desert?

Got stuck under that rock,

had to chop off his arm.

Dude made a killing.

From selling his

story, not insurance.

Yeah, I'd sell the story.

Right. Man chops off

arm in insurance scam.

It's a great story.

Okay, I'm sorry it

didn't work out.

Go ahead.

Get on the bus.

Who's ready to see some fish?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!

Wait, wait, wait.

Nah, we're good.

We can make this happen.

We'll have her ready in no time.

Uh, I don't think so.

I'm sorry, mom.

No, I'm sorry.

I'll call you later, okay?

It's my fault.

It's all me.

Notice of possession. Sugar

mountain coastal charters

will remain closed

until further notice.

The port authority.

No, that's a mistake, Liam!

Hey, I'm gonna call the bank.

I'm gonna sort this out.

No, no, what the hell!

Four months late on

your boarding fees.

Insurance is overdue again.

What? No, Warren knows

that we always...

No, it was Warren

that called it in.

He can't carry you kids no more.

Yeah. Well, thank

you very much.


The good news is we have a month

before they try and sell her.

We'll get her back.

We, uh...

We just need cash and fast.

You f***ing knew.


That's why you've

been talking fraud.

Well, see...

I've been thinking

about this for a while.

Mom captained this thing

for twenty-one years and

we lose it in three.

Alright, man, I'm serious.

All we're missing up on

that mountain right there...

Boy, we'd have a

hell of a story.

It's stupid.

Hey, hey, whoa now.

People make money all the

time from being stupid.

I read about this girl who

hid in cupboard for years.

There's this Australian

guy, he got lost in the

Himalayas, survives off a

Mars bar, sells his story

to 60 minutes.

I'm not kidding, man.

This is serious.

I can pretend to go missing

up on that mountain.

Yeah, with no survival skills

and no sense of direction.

You'd get lost and die.

But you would train me.

You'd still get lost and die.

Okay, you'd have to do it.

He knows the mountains too well.

No one would believe

that he got lost.

- Thank you.

- You'd have to do it.


Are you trying to get rid of me?

No, who'd wanna get rid of you?

But at least I can

finally get some sleep.

Oh okay.

Maybe you're just trying

to get alone with Liam.

I don't know.

Liam, do you snore?

I really don't know.

I don't think anybody knows.

Can we just go?

Hey. I was talking to

Bob mills today.

There's work going on

at the reindeer farm.

Cash in hand.

And James will be headed

back to Seattle soon so

they'll be work here.

Or I can just shoot Carol

and you can start tonight.

I got it, I got it.


You know, you should

reconsider joining the force.

Then I'd have to leave here.

No, you wouldn't.

You can get station here.

I can put in a good word.

I happen to know

the chief of police.

Thanks, thanks.

You know, you should talk

to miles about this, too.

Him and I are both

looking for work.


Join the police force?

What are you kidding?

No, I don't think so.

Think about it.

I think you'd make a good cop.

See you around.

Here's the best part of it.

We're not hurting

or robbing anybody.

We're selling a story.

It feels wrong.

You wanna know what's wrong?

It's the harbor screwing us for

missing a couple of payments.

Some kid making a fortune

for being an idiot.

Mom getting lung cancer.

Never even smoked.

You know?

Here he is.

There you go.

I think we shaved

off ten minutes.

It's not a race, miles.

That said...

I can do it faster.

You know, ten days is nothing.

I was reading about this

nine-year-old autistic kid.

Survives for twelve

days down in Nevada.

I could do two weeks.


I'd fight a wild animal.

- What?

- You know, like a bear.

Maybe not a bear, you know.

But one of those Grey

wolves like uh...

Sharkey saw down there

at barker's creek.

Coyote. There aren't any

wolves in this area.

See the thing is, I'd come back

with all these scratches

all over my head and sell

the story right there.

Hey. We already settled

on your story.


I will survive off

of moss and lyceum.

That is riveting.

Home sweet home.

Hey, I only agreed to do

this if we did it my way.

When you get back,

I'm moving out.

You're the only one

who can cook, man?

Who's gonna watch

e! News with Lauren?

Her boyfriend.

Yeah well, I don't know

for how much longer.

She's starting to

get clingy, man.

She's always talking

about kids and...

It's a shame, too,

because boy, the sex.


I mean, we can't do it

right now because we're

involved in this whole

thing and she's involved.

But yup.

Once this is all

settled, she's gone.

Just me and you, brother.

- No.

- Come on, just take it.

Mom, I'm not taking anymore.


It's not for him, it's for you.

I'm gonna pay you back.

I know exactly how

much I owe you.

I don't care about money.

What's this?

- Their dryer broke.

- Oh yeah?

You want your Halibut

steamed or grilled?

Your dad's on a diet now.

- Can you believe it?

- Oh my god, no.

How much did you

give her this time?

You either live here or you

live over there with him.

- Got that?

- Mhm.

I'm sorry for using your dryer.

And when are you going

back to Seattle?

- As soon as I can.

- As soon as you can.

You been gone two semesters

already, you know?

There's no point in

getting mad at her.

Just let it go.


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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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