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White Water Summer -- WHITE WATER SUMMER is a 'rite of passage' adventure in which an extremely bright boy from New York (Sean Astin) finds himself setting out reluctantly for the Sierra wilderness with a group of boys. Astin is pitted against the forces of nature and against his overzealous counselor (Kevin Bacon) who teaches him the ways of the wilderness.


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Manya Starr (written by) &
Ernest Kinoy (written by)
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Release Date:
10 July 1987 (USA) See more »
The story of a shy boy who gets convinced by his parents to spend a few summer days in the mountains. So, he joins a group, and the vacation begins. Unfortunately, things turn out to be a little tough for our small friend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Teenage campers and their psychotic New Age counselor roughing it in the mountains. See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Bacon ... Vic

Sean Astin ... Alan

Jonathan Ward ... Mitch
K.C. Martel ... George

Matt Adler ... Chris

Caroline McWilliams ... Virginia Block
Charles Siebert ... Jerry Block
Joseph Passerrelli ... Storekeeper (as Joseph Passerelli)

Directed by
Jeff Bleckner 
Writing credits
Manya Starr (written by) &
Ernest Kinoy (written by)

Produced by
Christopher Dalton .... associate producer
Wolfgang Glattes .... executive producer
Dennis Palumbo .... associate producer
Larry Rapaport .... associate producer
Bob Roe .... associate producer
Mark Tarlov .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Boddicker 
Cinematography by
John Alcott (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Ray 
Casting by
Mary V. Buck 
Susan Edelman 
Art Direction by
Jeffrey L. Goldstein 
Set Decoration by
Bruce A. Gibeson  (as Bruce Gibeson)
Costume Design by
Tom Dawson  (as Thomas Dawson)
Makeup Department
Bryony Hurden .... hair stylist: white water unit
Bryony Hurden .... makeup artist: white water unit
Christine Lee .... hair stylist (as Chris Lee)
Esme Smart .... hair stylist: white water unit
Esme Smart .... makeup artist: white water unit
Francia Smeets .... hair stylist: white water unit
Francia Smeets .... makeup artist: white water unit
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Streipeke)
Production Management
Wolfgang Glattes .... unit production manager
Margaret Hilliard .... production manager: New Zealand
Barbara Williams .... unit manager: New Zealand
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Dunne .... second unit director (as Joe Dunn)
Victoria Hardy .... second second assistant director: white water unit
Larry Rapaport .... second assistant director
Kevin Reynolds .... second unit director
Bob Roe .... first assistant director
Art Department
Barbara Adamski .... property master
Rubin Andreatta .... greensman
Mike Becroft .... set dresser: white water unit
Jim Billings .... carpenter (as James Billings)
Dave Brown .... construction coordinator (as David Brown)
Ralph Davies .... props: white water unit
Robert Dottini .... leadman (as Bob Dottini)
Ron Fisher .... carpenter
Gerald Gates Jr. .... stand-by painter (as Gerald Gates)
Curtis Geise .... laborer
Michael Hawthorne .... painter (as Mike Hawthorne)
Dan Hennah .... art director: white water unit
Nikita Knatz .... production illustrator
Adrian Landon-Lane .... fiberglasser: white water unit
Mark Lopez .... plasterer
Ray Lopez .... plaster foreman
J. Craig Morrison .... carpenter (as Craig Morrison)
Colleen Munro .... construction assistant: white water unit
David P. Newell .... assistant property master (as David Newell)
Jim Ondrejko .... construction foreman
Paul Radford .... painter: white water unit
Mark Rasmussen .... carpenter
Lazar Samarzich .... greensman
George Stokes .... labor gang boss
Philip Taratoa .... props: white water unit (as Phil Taratoa)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... assistant sound editor
Michael Barry .... foley mixer
Steve Birkett .... boom operator
Ron Bochar .... foley editor
Patricia Bowers .... assistant sound editor
Louis Cerborino .... supervising sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Linda Coffey .... cable person
Randall Coleman .... sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Constanzo)
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi .... assistant sound editor (as Susan Demsky)
Harriet Fidlow .... looping editor (as Harriet Fidlow Winn)
Dennis Fierman .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
Robert Hein .... sound editor
Marty Levenstein .... assistant sound editor (as Martin Levenstein)
Hal Levinsohn .... dialogue editor
George Lyle .... boom operator: white water unit
Hudson B. Marquez .... boom operator (as Hudson Marquez)
Graham Morris .... sound recordist: white water unit
Yvette Nabel .... assistant sound editor
Julie Parroni .... assistant sound editor
Hammond Peek .... boom operator: white water unit
Greg Sheldon .... sound editor
Michael Steinfeld .... sound editor
Jeffrey Stern .... looping editor (as Jeff Stern)
Steven Visscher .... assistant sound editor (as Steve Visscher)
Christopher Weir .... assistant sound editor (as Chris Weir)
Special Effects by
Robert L. Olmstead .... special effects assistant (as Robert Olmstead)
Robert Simokovic .... special effects assistant
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
David Jenkins .... visual consultant
Charles Croughwell .... stunts (as Charlie Croughwell)
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator (as Steve Davison)
Jim Donovan .... stunts
Sharon Duncan .... stunts
Darrin Georgeson .... stunts
Leonardo Gonzales .... stunts
Greg Holladay .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunt coordinator
Lane Parrish .... stunts
Mark Ray .... stunts
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Lori Ross)
Wayne Schiff .... stunts
David Verhoef .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Arvanitis .... electrician (as Mike Arvanitis)
Warrick Attewell .... camera operator: white water unit (as Waka Attewell)
Mike Benson .... camera operator
Bobby Burton .... chief lighting technician
Ben Campbell .... generator operator: white water unit
Ben Campbell .... grip: white water unit
Dana Christiaansen .... director of photography: New Zealand
Dana Christiaansen .... first assistant camera
William Cross .... electrician (as Willie Cross)
Donald Duncan .... focus puller: white water unit (as Don Duncan)
Ben Haller .... key grip
Mark Hantler .... focus puller: white water unit
John A. Hawn .... best boy (as John Hawn)
Bob Ivener .... grip
Geoff Jamieson .... key grip: white water unit
Don Jowsey .... chief lighting technician: white water unit
Peter McCaffrey .... clapper loader: white water unit
Hamish McIntyre .... grip: white water unit
Richard Mosier .... second assistant camera
Ian Philip .... best boy: white water unit
Dwayne Redlin .... grip
Richard Redlin .... best boy
Robert Robinson .... still photographer
Simon Roelants .... clapper loader: white water unit
Kevin Tansey .... grip
Neil Taylor .... grip: white water unit
Ian Turtill .... camera operator: white water unit
Rodney Veto .... dolly grip
John Wheeler .... grip: white water unit
Peter Santoro .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mark Niclas .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith Crozier .... wardrobe: white water unit
Sue Gandy .... wardrobe: white water unit (as Susan Gandy)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Elizabeth Canney .... editing room assistant
Rudy Gaskins .... editing room assistant (as Rudolph Gaskins)
Jay Kessel .... editing room assistant
Eileen Nelson .... editing room assistant
Gina Roose .... post-production coordinator
Judy Silberstein .... assistant picture editor
Location Management
Trevor Haysom .... location manager: white water unit
Andrew McCrostie .... location assistant: white water unit
Mark Van der Wilt .... location assistant: white water unit
Music Department
Curtis Roush .... music editor
Transportation Department
James R. Brown .... transportation captain (as Jim Brown)
Helen Mercier .... transportation captain
Rick Mercier .... transportation coordinator (as Richard Mercier)
Other crew
Cathy Anderson .... production secretary: New Zealand
Peter Bell .... coordinator: white water unit
Barbara Berwick .... assistant: Mr. Bleckner
Grace Blake .... production coordinator
Jill Boniske .... assistant to producer
Kirk Borcherding .... production auditor
Judith M. Brown .... teacher (as Judy Brown)
Parnes Cartwright .... production assistant
Caroline Cottrell .... continuity: white water unit
Phil Dove .... canoeist: white water unit
Julie Elstone .... production assistant: white water unit
Mikael Glattes .... production assistant
Ron Hintz .... bridge constructor: white water unit
Barbara Hogan .... script supervisor
Gary La Hood .... canoeist: white water unit
Ken Lake .... jet boat operator: white water unit
Walter M. McCormick .... projectionist (as Walter J. McCormick)
Hamish McCrostie .... rafter: white water unit
George McDowell Agnew .... production assistant (as George Agnew)
Keith McKenzie .... accountant: white water unit
John Moy .... craft service
Toni Okkerse .... nurse: white water unit
Craig Phelps .... canoeist: white water unit
Gordon Rayner .... canoeist: white water unit
Mayda Renizzi-Holt .... assistant auditor (as Mayda Rennizi-Holt)
Chloe Smith .... production secretary: New Zealand
W. Thomas Snyder .... production assistant (as Tom Snyder)
Joshua Solson .... production assistant (as Josh Solson)
Lyn Sturm .... production assistant: white water unit
Pam Trzaska .... first aid
Paul Van der Kaag .... rafter: white water unit (as 'Tall' Paul Van der Kaag)
Angela Ward .... nurse: white water unit (as Angie Ward)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
John Alcott .... dedicatee
Gil Shapiro .... the producers wish to thank
Joe Violante .... the producers wish to thank (as Joseph Violante)
Darcy Whiting .... the producers wish to thank
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Iceland:12 | Norway:10 (1988) (original rating) | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | USA:PG | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

A majority of the film was shot in 1985, but to capitalize on a narration of the story, the scenes involving Sean Astin narrating the film were shot in 1987.See more »
Continuity: When Vic is showing the slide show to Alan's parents in the beginning, you can hear him say the same thing twice. "We caught this fish on the first day, This is where we camped the first night".See more »
Alan:My friends call me Dickface.See more »
Life in a Dangerous TimeSee more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Teenage campers and their psychotic New Age counselor roughing it in the mountains., 13 April 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

I used to love White Water Summer, but these days, when I pop the old copy into the VCR, I just can't seem to get through the whole thing without getting annoyed.

White Water Summer is about Alan's summer camp experience in the mountains with four other boys and Vic (Kevin Bacon), their psychotic New Age camp counselor who's wacky methods are supposed to teach the boys about real living. The story is told in flashback format, narrated by a much older Astin (who plays Alan, young and old) revisiting the those couple of days or weeks in the mountains. I suspect they took a break in filming, probably as Astin and others worked on other projects, knowing that pre-peubescent Astin would grow quickly and fill the shoes of the movie's older, wiser teen.

Alan is recruited by some nut named Vic, a guy who actually hikes to his family's home in the city. Alan, the little whiner that he is, doesn't really want to spend the summer with a bunch of boys, but reluctantly agrees, pretending to share his father's enthusiasm in the whole idea. On the trip with Alan is Mitch (Jonathan Ward), probably Alan's only friend along the way, and two smart ass jerks, Chris (Matt Adler) and George (K.C. Martel). They each have their various learning experiences hiking in and around the mountains. But, things get out of hand along the way when Vic pulls some nasty business on his recruits, and Alan starts to suspect Vic is way out of line. Unfortunately, he's got to grow up and start taking care of things himself, because he's the only one willing to stand up to Vic.

This movie has a lot of good things going for it. The photography is really beautiful, filmed mostly in New Zealand locations. The music is pretty good too, with ample sounds from the Cult, Bruce Hornsby, and the Cutting Crew (whad'ya know, they did have more songs thatn I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight).

The big draw maybe the cast, with the obvious audience appeals of Astin, Bacon, and possibly Matt Adler. Unfortunately, it is one of the few things you'll be able to see both Jonathan Ward or K.C. Martel in. Ward was on the later seasons of Charels and Charge, appeared in Mac & Me (an E.T. ripoff), but never really did much. Martel, who was George in E.T., goes on to appear in a few things, mostly later episodes of Growing Pains in which he plays Mike Seaver's friend, Eddie. It's worth a try. It can always suffice as a lazy day kind of movie.

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