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Set against the awesome backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness, a disillusioned FBI agent decides to retire and join his buddy running an air frieght business. When his friend is murdered and unjustly branded a bootlegger, the former agent sets out to clear his friend's name.
Singer-songwriter John Denver sought to reboot his career and carve out a new role for himself as an action hero with Higher Ground. This TV movie, clearly intended as a pilot for a possible series, stars Denver as former FBI agent Jim Clayton, who goes to Alaska when the incompetence of his superiors at the bureau becomes unbearable. In the vast wilderness, he teams up with an old friend named Rick, who has an air freight business. But Rick soon turns up dead and it's up to Jim to clear his friend's name of bootlegging charges and bring peace to Rick's wife and son. Along the way, of course, there's an occasion for Denver to pull out his guitar and exercise his soaring tenor. The plot and overall quality is standard television fare of the 1980s: The bad guys are obviously bad, a young boy needs to regain his faith in humanity, and solving the case doesn't involve detective work so much as looking earnest and getting into awkwardly choreographed fist fights. Still, Denver's sincere and likable personality comes through and fans will enjoy his performance. Also starring John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Richard Masur (Risky Business). --Bret Fetzer
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 5068391
- Director : Robert Day
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 36 minutes
- Release date : January 27, 2009
- Actors : John Denver, Paul Batten, Gary Chalk, Garry Davey, John Rhys-Davies
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001KEHAGC
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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simple thin bubble wrap envelope but DVD was unharmed. Movie
was about what I remember from years ago but not quite as good
as I remember. It was definitely a simple made for TV movie. The
acting was okay, but seemed a little forced. It would have been
better to rent it, not buy it.
Top reviews from other countries
To return the dvd purchasers have to pay return postage to USA. The advert should be removed.
It probably breaks UK law as purchasers have no postage paid return option
The movie was a pilot (excuse the pun!) for a TV series that unfortunately was never made. I know John must have enjoyed filming it, as he loved flying and Alaska very much.