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White Mile (1994)

The longing to win a race convertes a simple wildwater rafting competition into war.

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Robert Butler

Writer:

Michael Butler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Dan Cutler
Peter Gallagher ... Jack Robbins
Robert Loggia ... Nick Karas
Bruce Altman ... David Koenig
Fionnula Flanagan ... Gena Karas
Jack Gilpin ... Peter Wiederhorn
Ken Jenkins ... Jerry Taggart
Dakin Matthews ... Andy Thornell
Don McManus ... Art Stefanoff
Robert Picardo ... Tom Horton
Max Wright ... Bill Spencer
Alice Barden ... Stephanie
Tim Choate ... Young Man
Kevin Cooney ... Older Man
Cab Covay Cab Covay ... Constable Carroll
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How far would you go to keep your job? That's the question the ad for this movies states. Based on a true story, Dan Cutler is the head of a New York advertising agency. In a move to build character, he books a trip for a whitewater rafting trip on Canada's White Mile. After the raft turns over, all of the men scatter all over the rapids. Some of them are found dead, which leads to a lawsuit by one of the wives of the deceased. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Will dropping out of this trip cost them their jobs? Will taking it cost them their lives? See more »

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Drama | Sport | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bátorság próba See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alan Alda, Ken Jenkins and Dakin Matthews all appeared in And the Band Played On (1993). Alda and Matthews also appeared in Bridge of Spies (2015). See more »

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Dan Cutler: Nick, let's go! A little hustle! Set an example for the younger ones. Come on, that was a joke.
Nick Karas: Yeah, was it?
Dan Cutler: What, do you feel a little cranky until you get your Ovaltine in the morning?
Nick Karas: Are you needling me?
Dan Cutler: No, I'm not needling you.
Nick Karas: Yes, you are. Why do you do that? Do you enjoy that?
Dan Cutler: Tell you what. Let's get in the boat. We can do group therapy on the way home.
Nick Karas: No, let's be straight with each other for a minute. Why don't you let up, Dan? I'm not a threat to you. Relax.
Dan Cutler: You know, I always ...
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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The Song of the Marines
by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Published by Warner Bros. Inc.
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Well-Made Film In All Respects.
5 December 2000 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This work relates, speaking in broad terms, a narrative (based upon a true story) of a group of executives that is pressured into taking part in a whitewater raft trip, during which an unfortunate incident occurs. A subsequent lawsuit which addresses the incident completes a good portion of the film. The entire production wants nothing, as all involved perform at a high level. The scenario, by Michael Butler, is stripped neatly to its essence, and immediately engages the viewer with its combination of visceral excitement, suspense, and character development. The direction by the veteran Robert Butler is precise and enhanced by the splendidly balanced casting. Alan Alda gives his finest performance, softly creating a characterization which fascinates as it develops. Among other cast members, Peter Gallagher, Bruce Altman, and Robert Loggia offered nary a flaw in this seamless tale. The scenes immediately leading to, and including, the actual raft trip are enthralling as a test of strength between Alda's character and his companions, a test that reveals varying moral sensibilities. Editing, in a film reflecting issues of larger scope than are commonly seen, provides an important framework; here, a linear structure is created and moves smartly. The cinematography and lighting, under the aegis of Lloyd Ahern II, can be enthusiastically endorsed (with a wide range of scena) as a standard to be envied. The score by Pray For Rain, refreshingly non-DJ, implies applicable emotion neatly and nicely throughout this interesting and beautifully balanced motion picture. An obviously high level of preparation by all involved brings forth one of the finest films of the 90s.


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