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Up River (1979)

| Western
A young man meets with violent hostility as he attempts to fulfil his dream of making a life for himself in the wilds of British Columbia at the turn of the 20th Century.


Carl Kitt (as Carl N. Kitt)


Don Clark (screenplay), Susan Clark (screenplay) (as Susan E. Clark)


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Complete credited cast:
Morgan Stevens ... Jacob Taylor
Jeff Corey ... Bagshaw
Dale Wilson ... Keeler
John 'Bear' Curtis ... Mungal (as John Bear Curtis)
David L. Crowley ... Jules (as David Crowley)
Mikal Dughi Mikal Dughi ... Judith
Deborah Au Luce Deborah Au Luce ... Christina (as Deborah au Luce)
Cindy Jensen Cindy Jensen ... Kika-ti
Robert George Robert George ... Chief Ti-lalouche
Norm Weatherby Norm Weatherby ... Land Officer
Lance Garrett Lance Garrett ... Riverboat Captain
Ronnie Lester Ronnie Lester ... Tsutsi


A young man meets with violent hostility as he attempts to fulfil his dream of making a life for himself in the wilds of British Columbia at the turn of the 20th Century.

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Closing credits: This Motion Picture Depicts Persons, Places, and Events That Are Totally Fictitious. Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead, is Wholly Coincidental. See more »


Up River
Sung by Josh Hanna
Dwayne Smith, Piano
Fred Sokolow, Banjo
Bob Conti, Percussion
Words and music Yusuf Rahman
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It's not the worst...
7 October 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

...it's just very ordinary. That's the main problem with UP RIVER, a low rent western that tells a saga of love, revenge, and adventure. It has a very low rating on this site purely because it's pretty much a forgotten movie, at least until I saw it playing on an obscure TV channel in the middle of the night.

UP RIVER has almost a Jack London vibe going on in the early scenes of a prospector trying to make it big in the wilds. Unfortunately he has a run in with the boss of a criminal gang and before long is beaten up and left for dead. The guy refuses to be scared off and sets himself up in business, but more trouble is to follow.

There isn't really anything here we've not seen done elsewhere, but the thrills and spills of UP RIVER are adequate. There's a set-piece involving a burning building which is handled very well in a stark way, I thought. This is the one and only directing credit in the career of Carl Kitt, so perhaps he was out of his depth, but I was expecting worse. Star Morgan Stevens got a job on THE WALTONS out of this, and old-time actor Jeff Corey (CONAN THE DESTROYER) has a supporting role.

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