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


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  (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)
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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
Ed L. Anderson .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
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 .... 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
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:
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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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A Mule Would Know Better., 11 September 2012
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

One of the earliest European visitors to the Grand Canyon paused at the lip and mused, "Something happened here." Not too much happens in the movie, in which we see the Grand Canyon only from the air in a few stock shots.

The territory in which the film was shot -- Moab and its surroundings -- is striking in itself. There is an unforgettably long high bridge at nearby Page, dedicated to someone who died building it and "became part of the river he loved." If it weren't for the fact that a real death was involved, the dedication would be as amusing as this movie.

Two honeymooners -- the slightly reckless Eion Bailey and the sumptuous and sensible Yvonne Strahovski -- hire the "colorful" old geezer, Will Patton, to take them on a mule trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, then, with their assent, leads them off the trail to see something no other white man has seen. They don't make it. Patton's mule is frightened by a rattlesnake. Bailey falls off his mule. Strahovski falls off her mule. Patton falls off his mule, breaks his arm and is "twice-bit by a snake." The mules run off. Patton gives up the ghost and the two lovers are left to walk their way out of the wilderness with no food, water, or supplies.

Now, it's not like this plot of lost people trying to find their way back to civilization is anything new. Not if you've seen films like "Walkabout," "They Came to Cordura", or "An Eye For An Eye" -- all entertaining in their different ways. But I don't think any of the protagonists have been quite so willfully stupid as these two.

I'm not counting the impossible elements like the wolves. I just mean that if any of us, with nothing more than ordinary in the upper story, were to find himself alone at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, he'd try to retrace his steps. No? If your guide went mad and died, you wouldn't forget to retrieve his knife and anything else useful from his pockets before burying the body, would you? (Would you waste time burying the body in the first place?) The writers have thrown in every cliché in the book. They've read the story of Aron Ralston, the hiker who in 2003 was pinned by an 800-pound boulder and had to amputate his own forearm with a pen knife to escape. Bailey has his foot trapped and Strahovski must cut it off. Here's how Bailey traps his foot. He falls a dozen feet or more down the face of a cliff and, at the bottom, has managed to land with his boot stuck irretrievably into a crack in the rock floor. You have to see it to believe it, and even then you won't believe it. The amputation, the deaths, are all pretty gruesome. I suppose they must be. The wince factor and the scenery are all that hold the movie together, and the photography of the magnificent landscape actually renders it dull and dark. When the writer runs out of ideas completely, he throws in a shouting match out of nowhere between the lovers, on the theory, I guess, that it's time for their argument.

Strahovski is very easy on the eyes. We should have seen more of her. Her acting is professional enough, as is Bailey's. And I've always liked Will Patton, ever since he was my supporting player in the phenomenally poetic "Everybody Wins." He was an impressive villain in "No Way Out" too. Those staring eyes, that plastered-on grin, those hissing sibilants. I thought he might be the next Strother Martin. Instead, here he is playing one of those grizzled coots that became a cliché before sound was introduced.

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