Up the Creek (1984)

R | 95 mins | Comedy | 6 April 1984

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HISTORY

       A 24 Jun 1982 HR news brief referred to the film by a working title, Wild Rapids, and 6 Jul 1983 MPHPD production charts listed the film by the working title, Rafts.
       HR production charts on 24 May 1983 stated that principal photography began 10 May 1983 in Bend, OR. According to a 22 Jul 1983 HR article, production lasted five weeks, and included more than 100 stunts filmed at a cost of $200,000. A 7 Oct 1983 DV news item reported a budget of $7.5 million for the film, which was financed by distributor Orion Pictures Corporation.
       Several reviews, including 6 Apr 1984 HR, cited Jake, portraying “Chuck the Wonder Dog,” as the motion picture’s best performance.
      End credits include the following statement: “The producers wish to thank the State of Oregon, Oregon State Film Commission, people of Bend, Oregon; Inn of the Seventh Mountain & Jerry ... More Less

       A 24 Jun 1982 HR news brief referred to the film by a working title, Wild Rapids, and 6 Jul 1983 MPHPD production charts listed the film by the working title, Rafts.
       HR production charts on 24 May 1983 stated that principal photography began 10 May 1983 in Bend, OR. According to a 22 Jul 1983 HR article, production lasted five weeks, and included more than 100 stunts filmed at a cost of $200,000. A 7 Oct 1983 DV news item reported a budget of $7.5 million for the film, which was financed by distributor Orion Pictures Corporation.
       Several reviews, including 6 Apr 1984 HR, cited Jake, portraying “Chuck the Wonder Dog,” as the motion picture’s best performance.
      End credits include the following statement: “The producers wish to thank the State of Oregon, Oregon State Film Commission, people of Bend, Oregon; Inn of the Seventh Mountain & Jerry Goodman.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jun 1984.
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Daily Variety
7 Oct 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 May 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 1984
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
5 Apr 1984
p. 1, 7.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Jul 1983.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 May 1984.
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New York Times
7 Apr 1984
p. 13.
Variety
11 Apr 1984
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
An Orion Pictures Release
A Samuel Z. Arkoff & Louis S. Arkhoff production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
2d unit dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Scr
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
Best boy
2d grip
Dolly grip
Elec
Generator op
2d unit cam op
2d unit cam op
2d unit cam op
2d unit 1st asst cam
2d unit 1st asst cam
2d unit 1st asst cam
2d unit 1st asst cam
2d unit 2d asst cam
Projectionist
Still photog
Ultracam 35 Cameras, lenses & equip provided by
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Prop master
Set dec
Asst propmaster
Propgang boss
Painter
Sign painter
Greensman
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Orig mus score
Orig song prod
Exec mus coord
Mus orch
Supv mus ed for segue mus
Asst mus ed for segue mus
Mus supv
Orig songs eng
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Cableman
Supv dial ed
Sd eff ed by
Supv sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Apprentice ed
Foley eff artist
Foley eff artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff equip & materials provided by
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Exec creative consultant
Spec consultant
Scr supv
Scr supv 2d unit
First aid
Craftservice
Boating expert
Tech rafting expert
Rafting asst
Rafting asst
Rafting asst
Rafting asst
Rafting asst
Rafting asst
Rafting asst
Rafting asst
Animals supplied by
Chuck's trainer
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Honeywagons
Caterer for Michelson's
2d unit caterer for Fantasy Foods
2d unit caterer for Fantasy Foods
Exec prod assoc to Louis S. Arkoff
Exec prod assoc to Louis S. Arkoff
Exec asst to Samuel Z. Arkoff
Expediter
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Post prod accountant
Prod coord
Prod representative
Casting asst
Unit pub
Loc casting
Loc casting
Loc casting
Loc secy
Completion services furnished by
STAND INS
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stunt coord
2d unit stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col
SOURCES
SONGS
"Up The Creek," performed by Cheap Trick, written by Randy Bishop & Rick Nielsen
"The Heat," performed by Heart, written by Randy Bishop
"Chasin' The Sky," performed by the Beach Boys, written by Randy Bishop
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SONGS
"Up The Creek," performed by Cheap Trick, written by Randy Bishop & Rick Nielsen
"The Heat," performed by Heart, written by Randy Bishop
"Chasin' The Sky," performed by the Beach Boys, written by Randy Bishop
"Two Hearts On The Loose Tonight," performed by Randy Bishop, written by Randy Bishop
"30 Days In The Hole," performed by Kick Axe, written by Steve Marriott
"Get Ready Boy," performed by Shooting Star, written by Gary West & Van McLain
"Passion In The Dark (One Track Heart)," performed by Danny Spanos, written by Randy Bishop, Carmine Appice, & Duane Hitchings
"Great Expectations (You Never Know What To Expect)," performed by Ian Hunter, written by Ian Hunter
"Take It," performed by Shooting Star, written by Gary West & Van McClain
"First Girl President," performed by Namrac, written by Dana Rae, Garry Pickus & Greg Orr.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Wild Rapids
Rafts
Release Date:
6 April 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 6 April 1984
Production Date:
10 May--mid June 1983 in Bend, OR
Copyright Claimant:
Orion Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
25 June 1984
Copyright Number:
PA214510
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the campus of Lepetomane University, the worst educational institution in the U.S., Dean Burch summons his four most notorious students to a campus boiler room. Desperate to earn the school any type of distinction, Burch offers degrees in subjects of their choosing to Bob McGraw, Max, Irwin, and Gonzer, if they win an intercollegiate raft race. When McGraw declines, Burch blackmails him with knowledge of his fraudulent student loans and on-campus gambling operation. Later, the four young men, along with McGraw’s pet, Chuck the Wonder Dog, travel to the small town hosting the competition. Meanwhile, Rex Crandall and Roger Van Dyke, of Ivy University, pay an alumnus named Tozer $5,000 to insure their victory. Soon after, Rex’s girl friend, Heather Merriweather, arrives with her teammates. Heather breaks up with Rex when she catches him in a recreational vehicle full of naked women. McGraw attempts to intervene and makes an enemy of Rex. In the nearby woods, Washington Military Institute (W.M.I.) trains to defend its title, which it has won three straight years. That night, W.M.I.’s leader, Capt. Braverman, plans to sabotage the other competitors’ rafts while they party at a roadhouse. McGraw finds Heather and she invites him to her hotel room. On his way to the rendezvous, McGraw makes another enemy when he interrupts Braverman’s sabotage and Tozer, as head of the competition, disqualifies W.M.I. In her hotel room, McGraw and Heather make love, but Rex and his fraternity brothers interrupt them. They chase McGraw into an alley and beat him. In the morning, thirteen teams prepare for the start of the race, and the Ivy University team tampers with the equipment of some teams and places ... +


On the campus of Lepetomane University, the worst educational institution in the U.S., Dean Burch summons his four most notorious students to a campus boiler room. Desperate to earn the school any type of distinction, Burch offers degrees in subjects of their choosing to Bob McGraw, Max, Irwin, and Gonzer, if they win an intercollegiate raft race. When McGraw declines, Burch blackmails him with knowledge of his fraudulent student loans and on-campus gambling operation. Later, the four young men, along with McGraw’s pet, Chuck the Wonder Dog, travel to the small town hosting the competition. Meanwhile, Rex Crandall and Roger Van Dyke, of Ivy University, pay an alumnus named Tozer $5,000 to insure their victory. Soon after, Rex’s girl friend, Heather Merriweather, arrives with her teammates. Heather breaks up with Rex when she catches him in a recreational vehicle full of naked women. McGraw attempts to intervene and makes an enemy of Rex. In the nearby woods, Washington Military Institute (W.M.I.) trains to defend its title, which it has won three straight years. That night, W.M.I.’s leader, Capt. Braverman, plans to sabotage the other competitors’ rafts while they party at a roadhouse. McGraw finds Heather and she invites him to her hotel room. On his way to the rendezvous, McGraw makes another enemy when he interrupts Braverman’s sabotage and Tozer, as head of the competition, disqualifies W.M.I. In her hotel room, McGraw and Heather make love, but Rex and his fraternity brothers interrupt them. They chase McGraw into an alley and beat him. In the morning, thirteen teams prepare for the start of the race, and the Ivy University team tampers with the equipment of some teams and places explosives aboard the rafts of others. When Heather sees McGraw’s facial bruises, she kisses him, as Rex watches and seethes. Downriver, Braverman and the W.M.I. squad plot revenge. Race director Tozer explains to the competitors that they will race to a specified point that day and the first five teams will collect flags to be eligible to compete the second day. The start of the race is chaotic as five teams drop out due to Ivy University’s subversive activities. The Lepetomane team is delayed when Irwin has an anxiety attack and find themselves far behind. They navigate the first rapids, and with restored confidence, catch up with the Ivy University raft. However, Rex fires an explosive dart and sinks the Lepetomane raft. McGraw and his crew repair the craft and return to the water. Meanwhile, W.M.I.’s attempts to exact revenge go awry, while Heather’s team and two others are the first to claim flags. Rex and his crew claim the fourth flag, but are surprised when Tozer informs them that Lepetomane is still on the river. Rex uses a remote-controlled airplane to fire missiles to blow up the Lepetomane raft. Later, McGraw and his comrades drag the remains of the raft to shore and claim the fifth flag. That night, the Lepetomane team infiltrates the Ivy camp and wreaks havoc on their party. McGraw finds Heather’s tent and they make love. However, W.M.I. takes Irwin hostage. The next day, the race resumes and Rex torpedoes Heather’s raft. The Lepetomane team observes W.M.I. heading downriver with Irwin and pursue them in their repaired raft. W.M.I. deploys a jet to propel their raft, but lose control and run aground. Their leader, Braverman, decides that if they cannot win, no one can, and places explosives along the river. Meanwhile, Lepetomane rescues Heather and her team. She joins McGraw, Max, and Gonzer, and the new foursome vows to prevent Ivy U. from winning the race at all costs. Elsewhere, Braverman stakes Irwin to the ground, but Chuck the Wonder Dog locates him and uses charades to communicate Irwin’s whereabouts to the team. They rescue Irwin, and use nitrous oxide to subdue the W.M.I. team. As Tozer waits at the finish line, Lepetomane returns to the river in pursuit of Rex’s team. However, Braverman manages to detonate the explosives and the blast redirects the flow of the river, allowing Lepetomane to jump into the lead. Ivy’s raft capsizes and Lepetomane is victorious. McGraw and Heather celebrate by floating downriver and making love on the raft. +

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