The longing to win a race convertes a simple wildwater rafting competition into war.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Cutler
Jack Robbins
Nick Karas
David Koenig
Gena Karas
Jack Gilpin ...
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Jerry Taggart
Andy Thornell
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How far would you go to keep your job? That's the question the ad for this movies states. Based on a true story, Dan Cutler is the head of a New York advertising agency. In a move to build character, he books a trip for a whitewater rafting trip on Canada's White Mile. After the raft turns over, all of the men scatter all over the rapids. Some of them are found dead, which leads to a lawsuit by one of the wives of the deceased. Written by Pat McCurry <>

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Forced to confront a river with no mercy. Only a few can SURVIVE. See more »


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21 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Bátorság próba  »

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Alan Alda, Ken Jenkins and Dakin Matthews all appeared in And the Band Played On (1993). Alda and Matthews also appeared in Bridge of Spies (2015). See more »


Dan Cutler: Nick, let's go! A little hustle! Set an example for the younger ones. Come on, that was a joke.
Nick Karas: Yeah, was it?
Dan Cutler: What, do you feel a little cranky until you get your Ovaltine in the morning?
Nick Karas: Are you needling me?
Dan Cutler: No, I'm not needling you.
Nick Karas: Yes, you are. Why do you do that? Do you enjoy that?
Dan Cutler: Tell you what. Let's get in the boat. We can do group therapy on the way home.
Nick Karas: No, let's be straight with each other for a minute. Why don't you let up, Dan? I'm not a threat to you. Relax.
Dan Cutler: You know, I always ...
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there's a lesson here
12 August 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

The intensity of "White Mile" is somewhat surprising. Oh, I don't mean intensity in the way the DVD case will have you believe - all action and peril in the vein of "The Edge". In fact, the white water rafting is ultimately a very brief portion of the story. The stars of the film (Alan Alda and Peter Gallagher) offer up both very solid and very conflicted characters. At first, the depth is a unexpected thing. We aren't given basic sketches created simply to graft onto a script. Michael Butler has written this film as, essentially, a moral dilemma. In the end, it is so much devoted to this approach that we never quite get going in a fully emotional sense.

"White Mile" made me think. That's a good thing. It didn't particularly make me feel, but I'm okay with that. The acting was good, the direction adequate, and for something I went into without expectation, I can't say I'm disappointed. Good film.

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