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White Water Summer (1987)

Kevin Bacon , Sean Astin , Jeff Bleckner  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, Sean Astin, Jonathan Ward, K.C. Martel, Matt Adler
  • Directors: Jeff Bleckner
  • Writers: Ernest Kinoy, Manya Starr
  • Producers: Bob Roe, Christopher Dalton, Dennis Palumbo, Larry Rapaport, Mark Tarlov
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QVZ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "White Water Summer" on IMDb

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A beginners' wilderness journey turns into a death-defying experience in the suspenseful action-adventure, WHITE WATER SUMMER, starring Kevin Bacon (Hollow Man, A Few Good Men) and Sean Astin (Rudy, The Lord of the Rings). When Vic (Bacon) leads four boys on a challenging outing in the Sierras, he is determined to teach his charges courage, camaraderie and survival. But his relentless, demanding routine pushes them to their physical and emotional limits, and the four boys discover they are as unprepared for the rigors of roughing it as they are for Vic's unpredictable, volatile nature. Most affected is the soft-spoken, intellectual Alan (Astin), who soon finds himself fighting for his life as he learns that it's one thing to survive the wild, but quite another to survive one's guide. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the rugged outdoors, the conflict of man against nature becomesa conflict of man against man in this unforgettable rite of passage film featuring outstanding cinema

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great entertainment! May 15, 2003
a great film with laughs, drama, gorgeous scenery and a brilliant soundtrack. White Water Summer is a story of conflict; man against nature and man against man. It is about a city boy, Alan (played by Sean Astin) and four other boys going into the wilderness with their guide Vic (Kevin Bacon). Right from the beginning Alan is suspicious of Vic and so Vic begins to target him, leaving him to cross a dodgy bridge over a 180ft gorge and leaving him hanging off the edge of a cliff.
Bacon makes a fantastic baddie and Astin is, as usual, brillant as a cute geeky Alan who has to grow up fast and protect himself from their psycho tour guide....
this film did not exactly get rave reviews from critics but the key is not to take it too seriously. White Water Summer is fun and great entertainment and I'd recommend it for a good watch anytime!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80s meets beautiful scenery! February 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video is definitely a child of the 1980s. The clothing, the lingo, even the actors (Sean Astin to name one) are products of that unforgetable decade. The movie involves a summer wilderness adventure of several boys, and their counselor (Kevin Bacon) basically goes psycho on them. The movie is full of emotion as well as breath-taking scenery (the majority of the movie takes place in the forest, surrounded by pine trees and lakes). The plot is a great in-depth study into the human subconscious as well as the bravery and trials of adolescence. The movie will be a gem for anyone who has ever been a teenager and who has ever been camping in the rugged wilderness! Definitely worth a watch!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Flick November 20, 2001
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
OK--so it's not a great film theatrically--who cares? This is one of the few films out there that fulfills that need to see the great outdoors. Sadly, Hollywood is pathetic when it comes to making movies about outdoor adventure and the common "Joe" (except for "The Edge", "The River Wild" and "Cliffhanger" to name a few). The classic 80's soundtrack featuring The Cult, Bruce Hornsby, and others make it even better... This movie is a part of my childhood memory, and for a long time was impossible to get, because it was out of print on VHS. I was so excited to learn it was being released on DVD with new packaging. I will definitely be buying it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last of a Long Gone Era June 29, 2004
If you liked Goonies, and are yearning for more 80's style adventure, you'll probably like this film. I like Sean Astin, and in general, I'm a fan of 80's style adventure movies. They weren't serious, pretentious things, like "Bourne Identity" or "Patriot Games". This movie isn't sensationalistic. If you love the outdoors, and liked camping and having adventures when you were a kid, this movie may remind you of your youth. The scenery is great and the music fits well and is actually mixed well as far as levels. Overall it's got pretty good production values. I probably wouldn't turn the lights down, crank up the THX and watch this film. It's more the type of film you watch over and over while doing something else, or while falling asleep. Which isn't to say it's boring, it's more like a comfortable old T-shirt you can wear again and again. It makes me want to go camping, swing from ropes, and play with pocket knives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE! August 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Sorry ya'll but in my opinion I think this movie is awesome and I think Kevin Bacon looks great as a creepy guy. His character looked creepy in Sleepers. He does a fantastic job playing it! I think he's a good actor but the rest of the guys didn't do a great job but it's still a good 80's flick. If you hadn't seen this movie yet go rent it or buy it. You will enjoy it. It does come on HBO or TNT a lot so you can try to catch it on those channels. Like I said this movie is awesome and it does deserve a 5 star rating!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Just A Fun Flick To Watch July 29, 2006
"White Water Summer" cannot be accused of being a great film. It's got its silly moments, unbelievable moments, and downright psychotic moments. My wife first introduced me to this film a few years ago and ever since that time, I've never been able to pass it up when it's on the satellite. It's just fun to watch and reminds me of a cool time in my life (that being the 80's).

It stars a young Kevin Bacon and an even younger Sean Astin. Both are excellent in their roles. Bacon must have been studying up for his future psychotic role in "The River Wild" with this film. He plays Vic, a not-all-there, hopefully well-meaning but very unlikeable camp guide who takes Astin and three other city kids into the wild in order to teach them about themselves. The supporting cast is headed up by Matt Adler ("Teen Wolf," among other 80's classics), K.C. Martel (best known as one of Kirk Cameron's buds on "Growing Pains," and Jonathan Ward ("Steel Magnolias" and "Charles In Charge"). Although all three of these guys are recognizable, they've almost always played supporting characters.

The story, as stated previously, is about Vic taking four city boys on an adventure in the wilderness. Astin narrates this tale about becoming a man over the summer. Bacon's character is hard to place. At first, he comes across as a "tough love" advocate, but then he becomes a wee bit crazy. Almost immediately the other boys separate themselves from Astin, with Ward sometimes sticking up for him. In the end, however, all of them have to come together in order to save Bacon's life.

The film has a great 80's soundtrack featuring Journey, Cutting Crew, and other rockers from the decade of excess.
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3.0 out of 5 stars They enjoyed it but looking back it was a pretty cheesy ...
watched a lot as a kid, now I have kids and I watched it with them. They enjoyed it but looking back it was a pretty cheesy movie.
Published 1 month ago by Justin Uyttewaal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie.
Published 2 months ago by brandon hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie!!!
This is one of my favorite Kevin Bacon movies. I saw it once on TV and needed toadd this to my collection. The movie can also play both wide and fullscreen
Published 2 months ago by M. Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by ronald bruckner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Alecia Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars What I like about the movie.
Kevin Bacon in this film is good looking. I wish I had hair like him.
He's okay in this film. & he did okay managing the kids. Read more
Published 2 months ago by brett
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
Love this movie. Been watching it since the 80s. My all time favorite
Published 3 months ago by michael pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars A summer classic!
Both of my kids are in Scouts and are going to camp this summer. They loved this movie. It is funny and a bit crazy. Kind of a rite of passage.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Have since I was 13.. and just re-watched it. Sure, there's some 80s silliness, but that's part of the fun.
Published 6 months ago by K. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80s coming-of-age film
Kevin Bacon and Sean Astin (pre Rudy and LOTR) shine in this classic 1980s film about a maniacal camp-counselor-ish character Vic(Bacon) who takes mid-teen boys into the woods to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. McLaughlin
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