White Water Summer (1987)
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Critic Reviews for White Water Summer
...an innocuous drama revolving around the exploits of several campers and their seemingly amiable guide...
Bacon is the perfect nasty...thrills aplenty
Most stunning is how abruptly the film ends, but I suppose that's to be expected when a production simply runs out of money.
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Audience Reviews for White Water Summer
A good movie. Been a fan of it since I was a kid. Sure it's a little dated but then again so is Spacecamp and that is also a great film. Lots of good dialogue and cinematography. Not a dull moment and Kevin Bacons character raises questions. Is he crazy? Is he just a survivor trying to teach spoked city kids how to be men and live off the land? Perhaps a bit of both and that makes him a memorable character in an underrated movie.
Bacon plays the sadist reasonably well with a young Sean Astin along for his ride of torment. Mildly entertaining stuff.
Filmed in 1985, and dumped into a handful of theaters 2 years later, grossing less that one million dollars at the box office, this is probably the least known Kevin Bacon movie ever. Bacon plays a driven outdoorsman who takes groups of young men up into the mountains to learn how to survive. He also happens to be a boderline sociopath. When one kid, played by Sean Astin, continually challenges Bacon's leadership, things take a dangerous, even violent turn. A strong support cast of young actors makes for believable characters that involve you in the story. There's also tremendous cinematography of the wilderness and mountainsides. A lively, if very dated, 80's soundtrack keeps things moving, and keep the goings on from becoming TOO heavy handed. Bacon gives a strong performance, but it's also the weak link in the chain, because we never really know if his character is trying to teach the boys to survive on their own wits...or flat out insane. But for anyone who is a fan of the outdoors, the visuals are more than enough to sustain you for the ride.