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White Water Summer (1987)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  10 July 1987 (USA)
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An experienced guide (Vic) accompanies a city boy (Alan) and his three friends on their first wilderness experience. Hoping to teach the four boys lessons not only about the wilderness, but... See full summary »

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An experienced guide (Vic) accompanies a city boy (Alan) and his three friends on their first wilderness experience. Hoping to teach the four boys lessons not only about the wilderness, but about themselves, Vic pushes them to the limit. Soon after alienating the boys, Vic finds himself in desperate need of help and must rely on his students in order to survive. Written by Wayne Coleman <waynecoleman@swbell.net>

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Adventure | Drama

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10 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rites of Summer  »

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$300,859 (USA)
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The film is dedicated to its director of photography, John Alcott, who previously worked on several Stanley Kubrick projects. See more »

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Alan's shoes change during the final rafting scene. See more »

Quotes

Alan: You're trying to scare me.
Vic: [trying to show that this isn't his intention] Hey... it's me, Al!
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Hot Shot
Written by Mike Slamer, Roy Ward and John Luttrelle
Produced by Mike Slamer
Performed by Roy Ward
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If a log fell on this movie, would anyone care?
25 April 2002 | by (Albuquerque, NM) – See all my reviews

Ah, Kevin Bacon...the American Michael Caine.

Like his English counterpart, Kevin Bacon has apparently never met a movie script he didn't like. Nothing is too hammy for the Bacon! Oooh, I'm bad...sorry!

This shotgun approach to accepting scripts leads to some excellent roles (Sleepers, Apollo 13, A Few Good Men), a lot of mediocre ones (Hollow Man, Stir of Echoes, The River Wild), and a few real stinkburgers.

This porker (ouch!) is one of the worst of the lot. Mr. Bacon plays a new-age outdoor guide to help kids. Sort of like outward bound, but even more pointless. He is constantly endangering the kids in situations that would make extreme sports participants sweat and engender countless lawsuits from parents. The idea is to teach the kids a lesson. (Lesson: your parents hate you.)

The film is very expressive. Its pointlessness is expressed cleverly by the dullness of the script and the plodding pace of the direction. Waterfalls cannot save the film. A "Lord of the Flies" ending with the kids killing Vic and becoming feral wouldn't have helped either, as the kids were almost as unlikable as Vic.

No, the best way to end this film would have been...about an hour sooner. Just stop after about a half-hour and have director Jeff Bleckner come onscreen and apologize. End film. Roll credits. Having Mr. Bleckner apologize for future projects, like "The Beast" (yes, the giant squid was his baby) would have been even better.

Root canals are more entertaining than this.


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