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Writer (WGA):
Michael Eric Stein (written by)
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Release Date:
4 September 1988 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

John Denver ... Jim Clayton

Meg Wittner ... Ginny Loden
David Renan
Brandon Marsh ... Tommy

John Rhys-Davies ... Lt. Smight

Martin Kove ... Rick Loden

Richard Masur ... McClain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Batten ... Leidecker

Michael Benyaer ... Ike Tench
Alex Bruhanski ... Donoso

Garry Chalk ... Captain Jenkins
Garry Davey ... Steve Healy
Ross Douglas ... Chris Brenner
Margo Kane ... Mala Bremer
Jane MacDougall ... Julia Reeves
Venus Terzo ... Lisa Bell

Gordon Tootoosis ... Willingham
Frank C. Turner ... Jack Simon
Matthew Walker ... Herman Baker
Peter Yunker ... Dave Finnell

Directed by
Robert Day 
Writing credits
Michael Eric Stein (written by)

Produced by
Steve Barnett .... supervising producer
John Denver .... co-executive producer
Allen S. Epstein .... executive producer (as Allen Epstein)
Jim Green .... executive producer
Jim Green .... producer
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
Cinematography by
Richard Leiterman 
Film Editing by
David Blangsted 
Production Design by
David Fischer 
Set Decoration by
Kimberley Richardson 
Costume Design by
Marcella Mulder 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Curtis Petersen .... second unit director
Art Department
Geoff Hilliard .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Jerry Jacobson .... adr supervisor
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound assistant
Rob Young .... sound mixer
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Jacob Rupp .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Guenette .... second assistant camera
Curtis Petersen .... camera operator: second unit
Curtis Petersen .... second unit: director of photography
Other crew
Robert Labrecque .... production accountant
Jeanie Lamb .... production coordinator

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Brazil:96 min
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
John Denver and his music are far out, 20 February 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

John Denver has been criticized for not being a great singer, but he could sing, for not being a great actor, but he was a good actor, and for his songwriting which some called mundane and bland. Yet John Denver wrote one of the best songs of the 1970's, "Rocky Mountain High." And though his voice was not great, it was well suited for the type music he sang. My wife and I saw John Denver in concert in Memphis, Tennessee, around 1976. He gave one hell of a concert. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra backed him on some of his songs. When he sang many of his Rocky Mountain ballads, a slide show was presented on a giant screen behind him that enhanced his performance, adding beautiful still photography of nature's miracles. He was also a man of conviction who stood up for what he believed including freedom of expression when the Tipper Gore political opportunists tried to suppress First Amendment rights by putting pressure on Congress. He is one of the great free spirits and artists of his time.

"Higher Ground" is a precious film and a tribute to the man and his music. The three songs he sings in the movie, including the title song, are three of his best celebrating the natural high that an appreciation for nature brings. The Alaskan scenery is breathtaking. The movie also captures John Denver's love of flying.

The story is a good one for a made for TV flick. John Denver wants to get away from the madness and mania of the big city by flying to Alaska to visit an old friend and his family only to discover that there is madness and mania where ever there are human beings. When his friend is killed by bootleggers and drug runners, Denver fights back to clear his pal's name and to protect the wife and son of his slain comrade. This leads to action and adventure with a few touching scenes between Denver and his friend's son who also wants to fly someday.

This film is a must for John Denver fans. Others should enjoy it as well.

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