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The Canyon -- A survival story about a honeymooning couple who get lost in the wide expanse of the Grand Canyon.
The Canyon -- 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) See more »
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Nicely shot and acted; HORRIBLY, unrealistically written See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order)

Eion Bailey ... Nick Conway

Yvonne Strahovski ... Lori Conway (as Yvonne Strahowski)

Will Patton ... Henry

Wendy Worthington ... Motel Manager
Andrea Marcellus ... Clerk

Christopher Sweeney ... Ranger
Solomon Loop ... Helicoptor Pilot (as Soloman Loop)
Ed Tracey ... Helicoptor Pilot #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Salick ... Elvis Impersonator (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Harrah 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Allrich  writer

Produced by
Larry Collins .... co-producer
Sarah J. Donohue .... associate producer
Julie Harrah .... co-producer
Verna Harrah .... executive producer
Michelle Lovitt .... co-producer
Betsy Mackey .... line producer
Georgia Vestakis .... associate producer
Mark Williams .... producer
Michael A. Pierce .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Heitor Pereira 
Cinematography by
Nelson Cragg 
Film Editing by
Peter Fandetti 
Casting by
Freddy Luis 
Anne McCarthy 
Jay Scully 
Production Design by
Tom Lisowski 
Art Direction by
Danielle Clemenza 
Set Decoration by
Philip Salick 
Makeup Department
Jason Collins .... special makeup effects designer: Autonomous F/X, Inc.
Brian A. Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Elvis Jones .... special makeup effects designer: Autonomous FX Inc.
Don Lanning .... special makeup effects artist
Tim Phoenix .... special makeup effects artist
Darnell Shepherd .... hair technician: Autonomous FX Inc.
Edie Stanley .... key makeup artist
Alexis Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Erin Egan .... production supervisor
Betsy Mackey .... production manager
Louise Runge .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bri Hervey .... second second assistant director
Adam Lawson .... first assistant director
Lalida Sujjavasin .... second assistant director
Jonah Loop .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Matt Hausmann .... assistant property master
Greg Manke .... property master
Jefry Shebroe .... on-set dresser
Cory Speer .... leadman
Jason Baldwin Stewart .... assistant property master (as Jason E. Baldwin)
Danelle Vierkant .... sculptor
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound designer
Jason Brady .... boom operator
Robert Dehn .... assistant sound editor
Bobby Fisk .... sound mixer
Jason Gaya .... sound recordist
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Judah Getz .... foley mixer
Scott Hinkley .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Zach Michaelis .... foley artist
Daniel Tripoli .... adr editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Val Crawford .... hair/fur department: Autonomous FX
Marc Irvin .... mechanical supervisor
Alan Lashbrook .... special effects technician
Lon Muckey .... mechanical department
Visual Effects by
Edward Leroy Anderson .... digital compositor: Comen VFX (as Ed L. Anderson)
Lisa Annitti .... controller: Comen VFX
Kenneth Armstrong .... digital artist: Comen VFX
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Judith Bell .... digital paint artist: Comen VFX
John Bowers .... matte painter
Tim Carras .... visual effects supervisor: Comen VFX
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer: Comen VFX
Brandon Criswell .... lead compositor: Comen VFX
Jonathan Flack .... lighting supervisor
Nineli Khanian .... digital paint artist: Comen VFX
Jonah Loop .... visual effects supervisor
Elizabeth Marriner .... lead compositor
Morgan McDermott .... digital compositor
Zach Miller .... 3D lead
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Kellany Stewart .... digital compositor
David Ziek .... visual effects producer
Simone Bargetze .... stunt double
Phil Culotta .... stunt coordinator
Thomas DuPont .... stunt double
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... utility stunts
Casey O'Neill .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Malcolm Bryce .... gaffer
Jonathan Cushing .... set lighting technician
Brian Deutsch .... company grip
Brian Deutsch .... grip
Tom Holzer .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Horton .... electrician
Tracy Keele .... best boy grip
Kevin Kennedy .... key grip
Kelly Klindt .... grip
Kelly Klindt .... key grip: "b" second unit crew
Richard Maxey .... dolly grip
David E. May .... assistant camera
BJ McDonnell .... Steadicam operator
BJ McDonnell .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tony Oberstar .... electrician
Thad Paget .... assistant camera
Jonathon Porter .... grip
John Raymer .... electrician
Anthony Ryan .... grip
Elliott Schackne .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Marc Wiercioch .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Justin Wolak .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Kellie Roy .... casting associate (as Kellie Gesell)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jesse Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Daniel Kupresan .... first assistant editor
Steve Porter .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Bryon Rickerson .... music editor: temp
Transportation Department
D'Aldo Fazzone .... transportation
Kip Fazzone .... driver
Billy Kane .... transportation coordinator
Richard Lilly .... driver
Other crew
Kristine Angelino .... assistant production office coordinator
Lonnie Campbell .... second location manager
Melinda Eichberg .... wolf trainer
Todd Manes .... set production assistant
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
Carolina Maria Mora .... production assistant
Tony Oberstar .... production assistant
Peter Sears .... production assistant
Erin Shelley .... assistant horse coordinator
Cody Smith .... horse coordinator
Carrie Tyson .... production coordinator
Tim Williams .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Kate Edwards .... thanks
Eric Williams .... special thanks

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Additional Details

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Rated R for brief disturbing content
USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Singapore:NC-16 | USA:R (certificate #43992)

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Continuity: 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 »
[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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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Nicely shot and acted; HORRIBLY, unrealistically written, 8 August 2010
Author: Tatiana ( from United States

If you're looking for something with the look and feel of an almost-major motion picture and the writing of a really boring b movie, this is definitely the movie for you.

The first thing that struck me about this film was that it was shot quite well. It had all the hallmarks of a professionally done, decent-budget piece: good cinematography, subtle and appropriate background music, and believable actors who obviously hadn't just been picked up at the 7 Eleven. Even the writing in the beginning did a good job of setting an interesting tone, albeit one that, as others have said, we have all seen a thousand times before. I personally don't mind that sort of redundancy in itself. There are only a finite number of plots available to any writer, and if the details are different and the film is well done I'll watch it without whining for originality.

But then the characters started DOING things. Honestly, I thought about it, and I really don't think these people made a single decision in the entire course of the film that was not completely ridiculous to the point of mental deficiency. I don't want to spoil it, but remember my words as you watch: this is simply not how people would behave (or at least I really, really hope not). Nothing they do makes any sense whatsoever. It is clear that whoever wrote this has absolutely no understanding of human behavior, cause and effect, or the need as a writer to put yourself in the position of your characters so that you can develop a realistic story line.

Nor, it seems, does the writer have any concept at all of human relationships. The people in this movie are supposed to be married, but for most of the film they seem more like roommates. Has this writer ever even seen a married couple? It would have been more believable if they had met on the tour bus on the way there! The script gives them no opportunity to show any real emotion toward each other, and almost none about their situation. It is really quite boring.

On top of that there are some utterly absurd (and offensive) happenings with wolves, as well as the equally unrealistic ability of the characters to deal with exposure to the desert elements for days on end without food or water with hardly a single complaint. Just ridiculous.

Anyway, this movie had a lot of potential that was ruined by a writer who obviously lacks both life experience and the imagination to invent it. The only cure for him may be to stick him out in the desert for a few days in a similar situation so he can see how a real person would react. I for one think we should try it.

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