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Choke Canyon (1986)

PG | | Action, Sci-Fi | 1 August 1986 (USA)
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A "cowboy"-scientist is fighting a corporation who wants to dump atomic waste on a piece of land he has leased.

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Charles Bail (as Chuck Bail)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Collins ... Dr. David Lowell
Janet Julian ... Vanessa Pilgrim
Bo Svenson ... Capt. Oliver Parkside
Lance Henriksen ... Brook Alastair
Nicholas Pryor ... John Pilgrim
Victoria Racimo ... Rachel
Bob Hoy ... Buck (as Robert Hoy)
Walter Robles ... Jim
Kurt Woodruff Kurt Woodruff ... Crane
Mark Baer Mark Baer ... Orrin
Michael Flynn ... Governor
Sherry Sailer Sherry Sailer ... Mrs. Pilgrim
Alan Gregory Alan Gregory ... Pilgrim's secretary
Michael Phenicie ... Security guard #1 (as Michael Gates)
Marc Di Nunzio Marc Di Nunzio ... Security guard #2
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Storyline

Pilgrim Corporation has leased Choke Canyon to research physicist David Lowell for 99 years. Lowell has built an impressive research laboratory there. When Pilgrim suddenly needs Choke Canyon for toxic waste storage, they resort to violence to force out the renitent Lowell. However, Pilgrim Corportation vastly underestimates Lowell, who is a tenacious, principled, and ingenious man. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On Dangerous Grounds See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Courteney Cox, Helen Hunt, and Mariska Hargitay were all considered for the lead female role that ultimately went to Janet Julian. See more »


Soundtracks

Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)
Written by Mike Rutherford (as Michael Rutherford)
Performed by Mike + The Mechanics
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Decent stuff.
25 May 2014 | by bAzTNMSee all my reviews

Known as "On Dangerous Ground" in the UK.

A big nuclear company wants to take land (Choke Canyon) away from a peaceful scientist who is doing safe energy research work there to dumb radioactive waste. Obviously the peaceful guy isn't going to give them it. Nuclear guys will do anything to get rid of him, including killing him. Every one of the Nuclear companies goons come for him, but he dispatches them, even "Big" Bo Svensson, in typical 80s fashion.

Film gained a bit of notoriety in the 80s due to the theme song by Mike & The Mechanics "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" being a hit in 1986. Song was more of a hit than the film. Tune is nowhere to be found in the movie though. Stunt work is great too. Check out the ending aerial joust with all the planes. Awesome.

Has a nice environmental message, which I always like too. Mildly recommended.


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