Choke Canyon (1986)

PG | 94 mins | Adventure | 1 August 1986

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HISTORY

The summary for this unviewed film is based on reviews in the 1 Aug 1986 NYT and HR, and Sep 1986 Film Journal. Cast and crew credits were compiled from sources in AMPAS library files, and may not reflect what appears onscreen.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, actor Stephen Collins spent several hours a day, six weeks prior to filming, training with expert riders, Chuck Bail and Rex Rossi, to improve his limited horseback riding skills.
       News items in 7 Mar 1985 and 16 Jun 1986 DV announced that principal photography began Jan 1985 on various locations in Moab, UT, and the Mojave Desert, and was completed 7 Mar 1985. Additional locations used in filming included Ridgecrest, CA, and an abandoned gold mine.
       Production notes state that actor Bo Svenson “performed all his own flying ... More Less

The summary for this unviewed film is based on reviews in the 1 Aug 1986 NYT and HR, and Sep 1986 Film Journal. Cast and crew credits were compiled from sources in AMPAS library files, and may not reflect what appears onscreen.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, actor Stephen Collins spent several hours a day, six weeks prior to filming, training with expert riders, Chuck Bail and Rex Rossi, to improve his limited horseback riding skills.
       News items in 7 Mar 1985 and 16 Jun 1986 DV announced that principal photography began Jan 1985 on various locations in Moab, UT, and the Mojave Desert, and was completed 7 Mar 1985. Additional locations used in filming included Ridgecrest, CA, and an abandoned gold mine.
       Production notes state that actor Bo Svenson “performed all his own flying stunts.”
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Mar 1985.
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Daily Variety
16 Jun 1986.
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Film Journal
Sep 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 1986
p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
21 Oct 1986
p. 5.
New York Times
1 Aug 1986
p. 10.
Variety
23 Jul 1986
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
United Film Distribution Company presents
An Ovidio G. Assonitis Production
A Chuck Bail Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Aerial coord
Exec in charge of prod
Exec in charge of prod
Prod & auditing supv
STAND INS
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
On Dangerous Ground
Dangerous Ground
Release Date:
1 August 1986
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 1 August 1986
Los Angeles opening: 17 October 1986
Production Date:
January--7 March 1985
Copyright Claimant:
Brouwersgracht Investments, B.V.
Copyright Date:
11 August 1986
Copyright Number:
PA307830
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
94
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Scientist David Lowell has leased land known as Choke Canyon, Utah, from the Pilgrim Energy Company to conduct research that will lead to the creation of clean energy. However, when company chairman John Pilgrim and his associate, Brook Alistair, decide the land would be better used as a toxic dumping ground for radioactive material from a nuclear power plant, Lowell refuses to vacate because his latest experiment is tied to the arrival of Halley’s Comet, which only makes an appearance once every seventy-six years. “The Captain” arrives one night in a “Flying Circus stunt plane” and destroys Lowell’s compound. To retaliate, Lowell wrecks Pilgrim facilities and batters security personnel. To further make his point, he kidnaps the Pilgrim CEO’s daughter, whose anti-nuclear activism fits nicely with Lowell’s agenda. ... +


Scientist David Lowell has leased land known as Choke Canyon, Utah, from the Pilgrim Energy Company to conduct research that will lead to the creation of clean energy. However, when company chairman John Pilgrim and his associate, Brook Alistair, decide the land would be better used as a toxic dumping ground for radioactive material from a nuclear power plant, Lowell refuses to vacate because his latest experiment is tied to the arrival of Halley’s Comet, which only makes an appearance once every seventy-six years. “The Captain” arrives one night in a “Flying Circus stunt plane” and destroys Lowell’s compound. To retaliate, Lowell wrecks Pilgrim facilities and batters security personnel. To further make his point, he kidnaps the Pilgrim CEO’s daughter, whose anti-nuclear activism fits nicely with Lowell’s agenda. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Action


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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