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Up the Creek -- Four of the worst of that worst university have been chosen to bring honor to the institution, and degrees to themselves in a collegiate whitewater raft race in which dirty work is the main event.


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Release Date:
6 April 1984 (USA) See more »
Get set to get wet ! [Australia] See more »
Bob McGraw is in his 12th year of college, goofing his way through life. Bob the slacker, Irwin the alcoholic geek... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tim Matheson ... Bob McGraw

Jennifer Runyon ... Heather Merriweather

Stephen Furst ... Gonzer

Dan Monahan ... Max

Sandy Helberg ... Irwin

Jeff East ... Rex Crandall
Blaine Novak ... Capt. Braverman

James Sikking ... Tozer (as James B. Sikking)

John Hillerman ... Dean Burch
Mark Andrews ... Rocky
Will Bledsoe ... Roger van Dyke

Grant Wilson ... Reggie

Julia Montgomery ... Lisa (as Julie Montgomery)
Jeana Keough ... Molly (as Jeana Tomasina)
Romy Windsor ... Corky
Tom Nolan ... Whitney
Jason Court ... Powers

Jesse D. Goins ... Brown
Tim Jones ... Johnson

Robert Costanzo ... Campus Guard Charlie
Ken Gibbel ... Campus Guard

Hap Lawrence ... Gas Station Attendant
Lori Sutton ... Cute Girl

Peggy Trentini ... Co-Ed
Kathy Sunshine Soler ... Buxom Blonde
Sandy Kuykendall ... Girl in Bar
Eric Duchett ... Bartender
Paul King ... Waiter #1
David Thomas ... Waiter #2 (as David A. Thomas)
Cindy Avery ... Girl in Street
Julie Caspell ... Chesty Girl #1
Gina Barbisan ... Chesty Girl #2
Katha Feffer ... Girl in Corridor
Michael T. Judge ... Guido St. Martins
Steve Gredagin ... Jock #1
Carter Higbee ... Jock #2
Patricia A. Whitcher ... Hot Tub Girl
Felicity Mithen ... Hot Tub Girl
Jeanne Kilty ... Hot Tub Girl

Frank Welker ... Chuck the Wonder Dog (voice)

Directed by
Robert Butler 
Writing credits
Jim Kouf (story) and
Jeff Sherman (story) &
Douglas Grossman (story)

Jim Kouf (screenplay)

Produced by
Lou Arkoff .... executive producer (as Louis S. Arkoff)
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Fred Baum .... co-producer
Michael L. Meltzer .... producer
Joel Chernoff .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Goldstein 
Cinematography by
James Glennon 
Film Editing by
Bill Butler 
Casting by
Harriet B. Helberg  (as Harriet Helberg)
Jessica Overwise 
Production Design by
William Hiney  (as William M. Hiney)
Set Decoration by
Gary Moreno 
Costume Design by
Robert Turturice 
Makeup Department
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
Dorothy D. Fox .... hair stylist (as Dorothy Fox)
Jim Kail .... makeup artist (as James Kail)
Billy Laughridge .... hair stylist (as Billie Laughridge)
Production Management
Kevin Donnelly .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burt Burnam .... second assistant director
Richard Espinoza .... second assistant director
Christopher Hibler .... second unit director (as Chris Hibler)
Daniel McCauley .... first assistant director
Steve Rosenbloom .... second assistant director
Leigh Webb .... dga trainee
Art Department
Paul De Santis .... assistant property master
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... sign painter (as Bill Hoyt)
Dick Kyker .... property master
William F. McLaughlin .... prop gang boss (as Bill McLaughlin)
James Ratliff .... painter
Greg Rundo .... greensman
Marvin Salsberg .... construction
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Duff Miller .... assistant property master: second unit (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stuart Chasmar .... sound effects editor
Joseph D. Citarella .... re-recording mixer (as Joe Citarella)
Burness Dembrowski .... sound effects editor (as Bunny Speakman)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bud Greenzbach)
Maurice Haws .... cable person
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Heckner)
Andrew Herbert .... supervising sound effects editor
James J. Isaacs .... sound effects editor (as Jim Issacs)
Dale Johnston .... sound effects editor
Julie Lawson .... foley artist
Charles McCann .... sound effects editor (as Charles W. McCain)
Don Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Shepherd .... supervising dialogue editor
John Speak .... sound mixer
David Stafford .... boom operator
Mike Virnig .... sound effects editor (as Michael Virning)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
William Randall .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Digaetano .... special effects coordinator (as Joseph Di Gaetano)
David Domeyer .... special effects
Tim Moran .... special effects
Robert Rowan .... special effects (as Bob Rowan)
R.J. Hohman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
John Ashby .... stunts
Desiree Ayres .... stunts (as Desiree Kearns)
David Burton .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gilbert Combs)
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as James Halty)
Gene Hartline .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunt coordinator
Chris Howell .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Steve Hulin .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (as Hubie Kearns Jr.)
Peter Stader .... stunts
Joe Stone .... stunts
Richard Washington .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Mary Wolfrank .... stunts
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (as Harry Wowchuck)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Averill .... dolly grip
Bill Barcroft .... grip
Lloyd Barcroft .... second grip
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Peter Berkson .... first assistant camera: second unit
David Christie .... key grip
Earl L. Clark .... camera operator: second unit (as Earl Clark)
Charles S. Colegrove .... second assistant camera (as Chuck Colegrove)
Hugo Cortina .... gaffer
Blaise Dahlquist .... best boy
Robert Edesa .... camera operator
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Michael L. Glennon .... first assistant camera (as Michael Glennon)
Stanley L. Gonsales .... electrician (as Stanley Gonzales)
John Graf .... electrician
Dennis Greene .... grip
Kim Guthrie .... first assistant camera: second unit
Conrad W. Hall .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Connie Hall Jr.)
Robert LaBonge .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Bob Labonge)
Greg Langham .... electrician
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator
John London .... grip
Robert D. McBride .... camera operator: second unit (as Robert McBride)
Margo Miller .... camera operator: second unit
Leo J. Napolitano .... first assistant camera (as Leo Napolitano)
Michael Nash .... first assistant camera (as Mike Nash)
Victor Nikaido .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Vick Nikaido)
Roger Shearman .... director of photography: second unit (as Roger Sherman Jr.)
Chester Sohn .... generator operator
Casting Department
Denise Chamian .... casting assistant
Glenda Ford .... location casting
Paul King .... location casting
Trish King .... location casting
Editorial Department
Stephen Butler .... first assistant editor (as Steve Butler)
Carter DeHaven .... apprentice editor (as Carter De Haven III)
Music Department
Duane Baron .... engineer: original songs
Jeff Carson .... supervising music editor
Alf Clausen .... orchestrator
Steve Keator .... music supervisor
Spencer Proffer .... producer: original songs
Tom Villano .... assistant music editor
Transportation Department
Beverly Avery .... driver
Ed Avery .... transportation coordinator
Steve Boyd .... transportation captain
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... driver (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Rose Echeverria .... driver (as Rose Echverria)
Tony Edwards .... driver
Dave Elliot .... driver (as David Elliot)
Jim Frear .... driver
Dewey A. Reed .... driver (as Dewey Reed)
Dan Riportella .... driver (as Danny Riportella)
Olin Rushin .... driver
Gary Small .... driver
Norm Walke .... driver (as Norm Walik)
Brian Whetham .... driver
Will Whetham .... driver
James R. White .... honeywagons by (as Jim White)
Other crew
Glenn Asbury .... rafting assistant
Steve Berens .... animal trainer: Chuck
Juel Bestrop .... executive production associate: Samuel Z. Arkoff (as Juel L. Bestrop)
Scott Blackwell .... rafting assistant
Dennis Brown .... production representative
Jim Bucciarelli .... rafting assistant
Judy Chambers .... caterer: second unit
Leslie Cornyn .... post-production accountant
Roy Corpus .... rafting assistant
Debbie Dierenzo .... production coordinator
Diane Dogali .... assistant production accountant
Richard Dorman .... expediter
James C. Elliot .... boating expert
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor (as Sonny Filippini)
Ann Frisbee .... executive creative consultant
Rick George .... craft service
Darryl Harmon .... projectionist
Joyce Heftel .... script supervisor: second unit
Sandy Helberg .... special consultant
Carol Marie .... assistant accountant
Andy Marx .... unit publicist (as Andrew Marx)
Bill McCamey .... first aid (as William McCamey)
Jorge Mendizabal .... caterer (as Jorge Mendziabal)
Glenn Nicol .... production accountant
Barry Norton .... rafting assistant
Matra Pagel .... rafting assistant
Michele Palmieri .... executive production associate: Louis S. Arkoff
Tamara Plant .... location secretary
Kirk Sandburg .... technical rafting expert
Steve Stenkamp .... rafting assistant
Janet Thompson .... rafting assistant
Sharon Wachtell .... caterer: second unit
David Witz .... executive production associate: Louis S. Arkoff (as David M. WitZ)
Jerry Goodman .... the producers wish to thank

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96 min | Sweden:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

"Le Petomane" means "The Fartmaster" in French.See more »
Bob McGraw:Let's just say I slipped on a bar of soap in the shower as a bus ran out of control and crashed into the medicine cabinet.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Blazing Saddles (1974)See more »
Chasin' The SkySee more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Get "Up" and laugh...., 4 October 1999
Author: Mister-6 from United States

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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