Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
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The Cahulawassee River valley in Northern Georgia is one of the last natural pristine areas of the state, which will soon change with the imminent building of a dam on the river, which in turn will flood much of the surrounding land. As such, four Atlanta city slickers - alpha male Lewis Medlock, generally even-keeled Ed Gentry, slightly condescending Bobby Trippe, and wide-eyed Drew Ballinger - decide to take a multi-day canoe trip on the river, with only Lewis and Ed having experience in outdoor life. They know going in that the area is ethno-culturally homogeneous and isolated, but don't understand the full extent of such until they arrive and see what they believe is the result of generations of inbreeding. Their relatively peaceful trip takes a turn for the worse when half way through they encounter a couple of hillbilly moonshiners. That encounter not only makes the four battle their way out of the valley intact and alive, but threatens the relationships of the four as they do ... Written by
In the final rafting scene, when Ed, Bobby and Lewis hit the last set of rapids, Lewis is lying prone in the middle of the raft. In some scenes he's not there. See more »
You w- you wanna... you wanna talk about the vanishing wilderness?
Lewis, listen - what are you so anxious about this?
Because they're buildin' a dam across the Cahulawassee River; they're gonna flood a whole valley, Bobby, that's why. Dammit, they're drownin' a river; they're drownin' a river, man.
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In the opening credits there is an obvious typo. About the main song first is written: "'Duelling Banjos' Arranged and played by Eric Weissberg with Steve Mandel". Right after that follows "The song 'Dueling Banjos' is an arrangement of the song 'Feudin' Banjos', copyright owner - Combine Music Corp." See more »
When I first saw this during high school days, i was shocked n I felt the isolation of the four characters, cut-off from the world they are used to and thrown into a brutal world where nature is harsh. Warning : it's an extremely brutal film especially the scene with Ned Beatty. Insanely disturbing. One of the best outdoor adventure film of all time, a brutal story of survival. The setting is creepy backwoods with forests, mountains, and wild rivers. The film's magnificent scenery, the sounds of birds, frogs, crickets, and the roar of the river rapids, combined with the absence of civilization, are the strength of the film. One thing that really made this movie powerful for me is that the villains were as terrifying as any I had ever seen. The acting is also great, especially Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. John Boorman has created one of the best movies based on James dickey's novel. It will challenge your perceptions about survival vs law. Pulp fiction looks like kindergarten in front of this movie.
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