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A father and son retrace the 1,000-mile Marquette/Joliet journey from the top of Michigan down to the Mississippi at St Louis. Based on a true story, they encountered storms, exhaustion and eventually they encountered each other.


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Credited cast:
Steven Faulkner
Chase Maser ...
Justin Fauklner
Mary MacDonald Kerr ...
Joy Faulkner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva Balistrieri ...
Jacqui Bernhardt ...
Clerk at Wisner's
Joe Carmolli ...
Steve Wideman
Bank Teller
Lee Ernst ...
Bookstore Owner
Jess Ferrone ...
Joe Genia ...
Tribal Elder
Julia Glander ...
Sandy and Brittney's Mom
Laura Gray ...
Mrs. Wilson
Heidi Griswold ...
Sunbather on Cigar Boat
Torrey Hanson ...
Father John
Tom Harryman ...
Father Michael


A father and son attempt to get to know each other on a crazy, epic 1,000 canoe trip across the Midwest. Following the 300+ year old pioneering journey of Marquette and Joliet journey, they set out without proper preparation, experience or the right equipment to do something no-one had attempted since that time. Based on a true story from the book by Steven Faulkner, this extraordinary adventure captures some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest and captures the heart as father and son struggle against the elements and each other to understand their own journeys. A moving, literary and spiritual family journey from the Upper Peninsula, through Green Bay, up the Fox River, down the Wisconsin River and finally to the mighty Mississippi and St. Louis. Written by James Sparling

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Could a journey of 1,000 miles bring a father and son together



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father / son bonding or adventure
24 June 2012 | by (Muskegon, MI) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful true story of ? I am not sure whether it was a father / son bonding movie or an adventure movie.

A man, Faulkner, loses his job and is seemingly on the brink of losing his 18 y.o. son. The son convinces him to go on a canoe trip. They agree to retrace the route of Marquette and Joliet from St. Ignace, MI to St. Louis, MO.

Along the way there are adventures both with nature and with the people that they meet along the way. The cinematography was wonderful. The acting was first class. Chase Maser, the son, has a bright future ahead of him.

This was a low budget film with some technical challenges that could be hard to overcomewithout big budget equipment. One of these was the sound. There were certainly scenes where the sound was not what we are used to in a feature movie. However, it doesn't spoil the movie and I am sure that next time they will do much better.

I didn't read the book, but have to believe that the relationships were much more fully fleshed out than they were in the movie. For me, that was the disappointing part. The relationship evolved during the journey but, for me, I really didn't see exactly how. There didn't really seem to be a turning point and the son has one outburst that comes completely out of left field.

There was one scene near the opening that tied in towards the end, but nobody that I spoke with really quite understood why those scenes were there.

Overall I did enjoy the story and would recommend it for the whole family, especially father and son.

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