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Up the Creek (1984)

R | | Comedy | 6 April 1984 (USA)
Bob McGraw is in his 12th year of college, goofing his way through life. Bob the slacker, Irwin the alcoholic geek, Gonzer the human food disposal and Max the ne'er do well are the four ... See full summary »

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Bob McGraw
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Heather Merriweather
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Gonzer
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Max
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Irwin
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Rex Crandall
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Capt. Braverman
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Tozer (as James B. Sikking)
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Dean Burch
Mark Andrews ...
Rocky
Will Bledsoe ...
Roger van Dyke
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Reggie
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Lisa (as Julie Montgomery)
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Molly (as Jeana Tomasina)
Romy Windsor ...
Corky
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Bob McGraw is in his 12th year of college, goofing his way through life. Bob the slacker, Irwin the alcoholic geek, Gonzer the human food disposal and Max the ne'er do well are the four losers forced and bribed to represent their university in an intercollegiate raft race., They make some friends like the lovely Heather Merriweather, but mostly enemies, among others a whole team of marines, and preppy IVY-leaguers determined to win. Written by Lars Skogan <si2_ls92362@debet.nhh.no>

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Get set to get wet ... at the funniest, raciest, wildest white-water raft race ever! See more »

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6 April 1984 (USA)  »

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$11,700,000 (USA)
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Michael Keaton was originally approached to play Bob McGraw. The role later went to Steve Guttenberg, who, over the course of a weekend, instead signed on to "Police Academy", leaving the production without a lead actor. See more »

Quotes

Bob McGraw: Wanna fool around? Wanna get married? Want fellatio or what? If I'm being too forward, just tell me to back off.
Heather Merriweather: Um, how about a name first.
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Referenced in Hell (1984) See more »

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Great Expectations You Never Know What To Expect)
Performed by Ian Hunter
Written by Ian Hunter
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Get "Up" and laugh....
4 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How can a movie like this miss?

It has two veterans from "Animal House" (Matheson and Furst), Pee-Wee from "Porky's" (Monahan), the cop from "Hill Street Blues" (Sikking), a Playmate (Thomasino), a Mel Brooks regular (Helberg), and laughs aplenty. Oh, and did I mention the rapids?

"Up the Creek" just goes to show that the right elements in any movie, when they click, make the experience all the more pleasant. For instance, if you want to make a movie about a bunch of losers that compete for their college in a water rapids race against college twerps that are richer, meaner and, in one case, more militaristic, it helps if you have a cast like mentioned above.

It also helps if there's a dog on hand like Chuck the Dog. He's smart, he's helpful, he knows how to attack where it hurts the most and he plays a mean game of charades. If all dogs were this smart, humans would be in a lot of trouble.

And those rafting scenes: top notch. Not a lot of detail goes into most movies like this. But when they go to that extra trouble, it works. These guys actually did brave the rapids for this flick, the nuts.

This would make a solid rent alongside "Animal House", that is how good "Up the Creek" truly is. Besides, how many slob comedies do you know that try to visually quote the final scene in "Bridge on the River Kwai"?

Seven stars and a twenty-one canoe salute for "Up the Creek"; it serves up the comedy.


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