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The Canyon (2009)

A survival story about a honeymooning couple who get lost in the wide expanse of the Grand Canyon.

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Nick Conway
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Lori Conway (as Yvonne Strahowski)
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Henry
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Helicoptor Pilot (as Soloman Loop)
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A survival story about a honeymooning couple who get lost in the wide expanse of the Grand Canyon.

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23 October 2009 (USA)  »

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El cañón  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,785 (USA) (23 October 2009)

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$1,785 (USA) (23 October 2009)
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Goofs

When the Guide gets bitten by rattlesnakes and the 'mules' are scared, it shows horses running (and naying) away. When he finds a 'mule' it is back to being a mule. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick: Hey, were going to make it.
Lori: Not if you don't slow down.
Nick: Grand Canyon by sunrise, remember?
Lori: How can I forget.
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References The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1974) See more »

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I'll Always Be The One
Performed by B.B. Gunn
Written by Brennen Redeker & Brooke Lizotte
Under license from Ford Music Services
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That Stunning Final Scene
12 October 2010 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

The wilderness can be a great place to visit, when everything is going okay. But introduce some unexpected problems, and an excellent adventure, far removed from other people, morphs into a nightmare. It's a story premise that has a long history in cinema, and it's the premise on which "The Canyon" is based. An attractive newlywed couple hires an old backwoods coot (played by Will Patton) to guide them through the back-country of the Grand Canyon. Everything goes well ... for awhile.

The script's characters seem credible. But the plot lacks creative imagination. One particular adversity propels the film's second half, which goes on and on, tediously. Either the editor needed to chop off some of the plot repetition, or the writer needed to introduce additional, more varied, adversities.

Further, the story's inciting incident, which involves a reptile, is not remotely credible. And the characters react to this event in ways that add to their misery. What would films be without characters who make stupid decisions?

Casting is acceptable. Acting is okay until near the end when one performance becomes almost laughable. Sound effects and background music are fine.

Scenery is spectacular, helped along by competent color cinematography. And the final scene is arguably the best scene in the entire film. As the camera zooms out, viewers get a stunning visual perspective, one of the best such perspectives I have ever seen in any film.

An unimaginative and at times silly plot renders the story somewhat tiresome and tedious. But this is partially offset by terrific visuals, the most impressive of which is right at the very end.


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