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White Water Summer

4.3 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Jonathan Ward, Matt Adler, Sean Astin, Kevin Bacon
  • Directors: Jeff Bleckner
  • Producers: Mark Tarlov
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QVZ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "White Water Summer" on IMDb

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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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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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By A Customer on November 20, 2001
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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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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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(Kevin Bacon) (Foot Loose) stars as Vic, & is good looking. I wish I had hair like him. Kevin Bacon knows how to smile! Nothing wrong with his role! Everyone who sees this movie is convinced this individual has got negative behavior! To me its nothing major! To some of you out there he may look suspicious, Okay. I can already picture Kevin Bacon being this way in real life, but really just funning around & then laughing a minute later. That's how I picture Kevin! He is extraordinary! I kind of like it when he gets mad! Not just in this movie. But in any movie. Whether he's the good guy or the bad guy, It don't matter to me! I liked how he handled Allen, That's sort of funny.
Vic takes what he does seriously! & when it comes to using ropes & stuff & setting the pivots when they're hiking on high ground, He's got professional equipment. Others may quiver over his authority, Vic will get your attention! Kevin Bacon is Outstanding! He's okay in this film. & he did okay managing the kids. Some things in life you have to put aside.
He was right, right about a lot of things. He just had a little bit of trouble being patient. & things kind of got out of hand when everyone started taking sides with Allen. Vics approach at the end of the movie was wrong, right before he got injured.
He should have had one heart to heart talk with them. Chasing Allen like he was doing was not the answer! But Im glad Allen considered going.
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By A Customer on August 2, 2001
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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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