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The High Country (1981)

Jim is a convicted marijuana dealer, who is being pressured by the system to turn State's Evidence. He is accidentally freed from custody by a car crash, is shot & on the run. Kathy is ... See full summary »


Harvey Hart


Bud Townsend




Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... Jim
Linda Purl ... Kathy
George Sims George Sims ... Larry
Bill Berry Bill Berry ... Carter
Walter Mills Walter Mills ... Clem
Paul Coeur Paul Coeur ... Squeaky (as Paul Jolicoeur)
Jon C. Andersen Jon C. Andersen ... Film Director (as Jon Andersen)
Grant Lowe ... Frank Wilson
Marsha Stonehouse Marsha Stonehouse ... Mary Wilson
Jack Ackroyd Jack Ackroyd ... Officer 'Randy'
Murray Ord Murray Ord ... Officer 'Duke'
Richard E. Butler Richard E. Butler ... Herbie (as Dick Butler)
Bob Snape Bob Snape ... Family Man (as Robert Snape)
Norman Edge Norman Edge ... Rancher
Harold Baldridge Harold Baldridge ... Harry


Jim is a convicted marijuana dealer, who is being pressured by the system to turn State's Evidence. He is accidentally freed from custody by a car crash, is shot & on the run. Kathy is running as well. Her severe learning disability is leaving her discouraged, constantly being under pressure because of inability to learn to read. The unlikely pair meet up. Cathy feels a sympathy for him, but Jim's bad attitude seems to spell doom for her hopes to befriend him. But Jim is cornered by inevitability of his recapture and takes Cathy up on her offer to guide him thru the wilderness of the high country, a place she feels more at home, due to her father's tutelage. The roles are now reversed. Jim, the independent self-centered city boy is now at the mercy of the wilderness and is forced to trust Cathy to keep him safe. Meanwhile, Cathy is putting to use all that she has learned in a real-life test of survival. Cathy finds her confidence & courage, and thru her innocent view of life & ... Written by Tom Hawk

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She was on the road...He was on the run...Together they escaped to -




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opposites attract
27 December 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Weed dealer Jim (Timothy Bottoms) is in custody. He survives the car crash and goes on the run. Kathy (Linda Purl) is a sweet mentally-challenged girl living alone in the wilderness. She has lived in the cabin on and off since childhood with the support of her rich father. Kathy treats the sickly injured Jim. He's a hardened criminal with a troubled childhood. Even after he tries to rape her, she offers to guide him up to the remote High Country.

Linda Purl is adorable although her mental handicap seems a little manufactured. She seems to be trying to play autistic. Jim is an another matter. The rape attempt is probably too much. He's too hard. I understand that it's the attraction of opposites. He still needs to show more heart at the start. I love the scenery. The romance is classic feel-good and very melodramatic.

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Release Date:

20 March 1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The First Hello See more »


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CAD2,500,000 (estimated)
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