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Higher Ground (1988)

A retired F.B.I. Agent (played by country music star John Denver) becomes a bush pilot in Alaska. There, he investigates his friends murder, and drug smuggling. He also plays guitar and sings for his friends from time to time.

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Robert Day
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Credited cast:
John Denver ... Jim Clayton
Meg Wittner ... Ginny Loden
David Renan David Renan
Brandon Marsh Brandon Marsh ... Tommy
John Rhys-Davies ... Lt. Smight
Martin Kove ... Rick Loden
Richard Masur ... McClain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Batten Paul Batten ... Leidecker
Michael Benyaer ... Ike Tench
Alex Bruhanski ... Donoso
Garry Chalk ... Captain Jenkins
Garry Davey ... Steve Healy
Ross Douglas Ross Douglas ... Chris Brenner
Margo Kane Margo Kane ... Mala Bremer
Jane MacDougall Jane MacDougall ... Julia Reeves
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A retired F.B.I. Agent (played by country music star John Denver) becomes a bush pilot in Alaska. There, he investigates his friends murder, and drug smuggling. He also plays guitar and sings for his friends from time to time.

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Justice takes flight.


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Don't Waste Your Time
28 January 2012 | by meransomSee all my reviews

A juvenile soap opera script with a treatment by less-than-adequate acting in a false setting and two-dimensional characters. This is what this poorly produced movie offers. As an Alaskan, I find any references to Alaska or its lifestyle to be sorely lacking. Great scenery, but it was shot in British Columbia in Canada, not in Alaska. A shot of a raccoon, when Alaska has no raccoons. In one conversation with an Indian kid, there's reference to the kid's father losing his pine grove. There are no pine groves in Alaska, but there are plenty of stands of spruce. Great music. Given. Still, a lackluster screenplay and poor acting aside, the film ran on several improbable scenarios. Among them, an unnatural conflict between secondary character Rick and his wife at the dinner table. It tries to pull the viewer along into an improbable argument. Later, Denver's character and the friend's wife were prevented from getting gasoline by the film's bad guy, McClain. Despite never resolving the fuel shortage, Denver continues to fly and operate a boat extensively through the remainder of the film in his quest to solve the murder of his friend. Since Denver's ultimate demise came from not checking the fuel tanks of his aircraft upon departure from Monterrey, California, one could almost sense a sad prophetic theme. The one standout in this mess of mediocrity was typically superb performance by veteran actor Richard Masur, who played the film's villain. If you're looking for a cinematic masterpiece you'll not find it here.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iskaldt Mord See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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