How far would you go to keep your job? Thats 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 Canadas 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.
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This review is from: White Mile (DVD) I really enjoyed this flick. It reminded me of that Bruce Springsteen song "Glory Days." Sometimes it's hard to let the past go.
I never used to like Alan Alda. I guess thats because I never liked MASH. After watching The White Mile my opinion od him changed. This movie shows Alda's ability to do serious drama. Alda and his co-stars deliver an A+ acting job combined with an excellent balance of action, drama and suspense. Most people have never heard of this movie, but most who have seen it are very impressed. If you like "good-acting" movies like Quiz Show you will be very pleased with The White Mile.
The intensity of "White Mile" is somewhat surprising. Oh, I don't meanintensity in the way the DVD case will have you believe - all actionand peril in the vein of "The Edge". In fact, the white water raftingis ultimately a very brief portion of the story. The stars of the film(Alan Alda and Peter Gallagher) offer up both very solid and veryconflicted characters. At first, the depth is a unexpected thing. Wearen't given basic sketches created simply to graft onto a script.Michael Butler has written this film as, essentially, a moral dilemma.In the end, it is so much devoted to this approach that we never quiteget going in a fully emotional sense."White Mile" made me think. That's a good thing. It didn't particularlymake me feel, but I'm okay with that. The acting was good, thedirection adequate, and for something I went into without expectation,I can't say I'm disappointed. Good film.
Alan Alda realistically portrays an all too common tyrannical boss inthis true to life adventure. Companies are self serving, and thatcombined with a self serving executive proves fatal for five men.Anyone who has worked under such conditions will immediately recognizethe plight of only doing something, you obviously feel uncomfortablewith, to please a boss. The ill-fated rafting trip exposes Alan Alda'scharacter as manipulative, uncaring, and devoid of conscience. Thewhite water expedition is really well done, and the viewer gets a goodidea of just how quickly things can go terribly wrong. Highlyrecommended. - MERK
Combining the best elements of adventure, suspense, character study ANDcourtroom drama, "White Mile" is a smart and engrossing film, made all themore fascinating due to the fact that it's (at least partially) based ontrue events. Alan Alda gives an astonishing performance as Dan Cutler, ahard-assed, unsympathetic ad executive who, convinced that his underlingshave lost their competitive edge in the business, bullies them (along with acouple of their clients) into going on a whitewater rafting trip. Tragedystrikes the group on their outing, and when the details of the accident looklike they may be swept under the rug and dismissed, one of the men whosurvived (Peter Gallagher, also very fine)decides to come forth and tell thetruth when Cutler and the company are sued by the wife of one of thedeceased. 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 bemissed! ****stars
Think Citizen Kane on the river. Solid acting but the whitewater stunts are not the run of the mill Hollywood. Those guys led by Bryan "River Dog" Koelzer, who sat in the middle of the raft without a paddle, really make this movie special. This movie was voted the top 5 whitewater films of all time by Paddler magazine. If you don't own a copy you are will never reach complete enlightenment.