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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Forced to confront a river with no mercy. Only a few can SURVIVE. See more »

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Drama | Sport | Thriller

Certificate:

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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Trivia

While based on a true story, "White Mile" is very reminiscent of a television movie from 1974 titled "Pray for the Wildcats" wherein a corporate survivalist takes a group of ad-men on a desert dirt-bike trip in Baja, Mexico, to test their stamina, and to bring them together in a manly fashion. Like "White Mile" stars a former television icon, Alan Alda from MASH, "Pray for the WIldcats" featured several actors famous for television roles: Andy Griffith, Robert Reed and William Shatner. See more »

Quotes

Jack Robbins: Is your knee hurting, Dan?
Dan Cutler: No, it's fine. How are you? You ought to ask them to give you a pill.
Jack Robbins: Do you want me to make the calls to the families?
Dan Cutler: No, I'll call them. You go back home, and make sure people don't fall apart. You know, there's a lesson here. I didn't motivate them enough. If I'd just built a fire under them, we wouldn't be here now. I let myself down, you know? You were great out there, Jack; you ought to be proud of yourself.
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Connections

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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Riveting
23 August 2001 | by G-Man-25See all my reviews

Combining the best elements of adventure, suspense, character study AND courtroom drama, "White Mile" is a smart and engrossing film, made all the more fascinating due to the fact that it's (at least partially) based on true events. Alan Alda gives an astonishing performance as Dan Cutler, a hard-assed, unsympathetic ad executive who, convinced that his underlings have lost their competitive edge in the business, bullies them (along with a couple of their clients) into going on a whitewater rafting trip. Tragedy strikes the group on their outing, and when the details of the accident look like they may be swept under the rug and dismissed, one of the men who survived (Peter Gallagher, also very fine)decides to come forth and tell the truth when Cutler and the company are sued by the wife of one of the deceased.

If you only know Alda from his days as the nice-guy Hawkeye on "M*A*S*H," he's sure to surprise you here with his intense, tightly-wound portrayal. Expertly filmed by veteran director Robert Butler, "White Mile" is riveting all the way. Excellent, atmospheric score by Pray For Rain. Not to be missed! ****stars


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