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.
In New York, the brother of an infamous Nazi war criminal is killed in a head-on collision with an oil truck. Shortly thereafter, members of a covert U.S. government group called the Division begin being murdered one by one. Meanwhile, graduate student and marathon runner Thomas "Babe" Levy researches history as his father, who committed suicide after the Communist witch hunts of the McCarthy era ruined his reputation. When he sees his brother, one Division member, stabbed to death, it is revealed that Christian Szell, the White Angel of Auschwitz, is wrapping up loose ends to smuggle priceless diamonds from the United States. Written by
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I've seen this at least four times over a ten year span, and I have yet to see anything good in it other than the famous dental torture scene. There's some violence in it that was probably shocking at the time (I found out about it from a book called Ultra Violent Movies) and it surely gets some Ooohs and Ahhhs from the Holocaust crowd, but as a thriller I rate it very low. It's ugly, unconvincing, and I found the characters flat and undeveloped (except for Hoffman, who I find dull and sometimes annoying in this picture). Olivier elevates the movie a bit with a chilling performance, but the rest have little to work with. It's a B-movie with A actors.
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