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The Great Niagara (1974)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 24 September 1974
An embittered old man is obsessed with conquering the Niagara River and Niagara Falls. He endangers his sons' lives by forcing them to challenge the falls by going over them in a barrel.

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Aaron Grant
Michael Sacks ...
Lonnie Grant
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Carl Grant
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Lois
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Ace Tully
Les Rubie ...
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David Schurmann ...
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Jack Van Evera ...
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Jonathan White ...
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An embittered old man is obsessed with conquering the Niagara River and Niagara Falls. He endangers his sons' lives by forcing them to challenge the falls by going over them in a barrel.

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24 September 1974 (USA)  »

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Gefahr am Niagara  »

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I simply didn't care at all about the picture, the characters or the story....
14 March 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have recently begun re-watching as many of the old "ABC Movie of the Week" installments as I can find...and that's about 100-150 films I have seen so far. Well, I must say of all of them, "The Great Niagara" is the one I have cared about the absolute least of any of them. It's isn't that I necessarily hated the film...I just didn't care in the least about the story, the characters or anything about it! And, it makes me wonder why they even made this story in the first place.

The story is about a bully of a father whose only ambition in life is to have one of his family members go down Niagara Falls in one of his homemade contraptions. And, to do so, he spends pretty much the entire film bellowing, yelling and behaving pretty much like a walrus with a bad case of kidney stones!! While this role was a bit embarrassing, somehow Richard Boone put his all into it! As for the sons, they really just do what the crazy old heartless crank demands until they are mostly dead. Whatever.

If I had any reason to like or respect ANY of the characters, perhaps this would have been easier viewing. As it is, it's an house and a half of my life that is gone.


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