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"You know I'll be looking for higher ground..."

  • Dec 14, 2010
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John Denver stars as Jim Clayton, an FBI agent who gets fed up with his job in LA and moves to Alaska be a bush pilot. There, his partner gets involved with some shady smugglers and when he's found dead, Jim spearheads the investigation.

This TV movie was a pilot for a series. It's entertaining enough, with an exciting plot and nasty bad guys. The problem is John Denver was a wonderfully talented singer but not a strong actor. He struggles to deliver his lines and isn't believable as an agent. His awkwardness contrasts greatly with the experience of his costars Martin Kove and John Rhys-Davis. Denver does shine when singing the lilting title song and a rousing ode to Alaska. His fans won't mind his self-conscious acting, but I can understand why this wasn't picked up as a series.

The movie does have a well-written script and beautiful Canadian scenery, and those who loved John Denver will find the scenes of him flying his little plane will tug at the heartstrings. A good movie for his fans.

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December 14, 2010
John Denver...FBI agent? thanks for this one, Kona!
December 14, 2010
Yeah, I did cringe a few times.
 
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John Denver stars in this thrilling drama--originally a TV film that aired in 1988--as a jaded former FBI agent who agrees to help out his friend?s air-freight business. But when his buddy is murdered and framed as a bootlegger, it?s up to the one-time G-Man to clear his fallen friend?s good name. And he?s going to do it by taking?the higher ground. John Rhys-Davies, Richard Masur, and THE KARATE KID?s Martin Kove co-star in this dramatic action-adventure movie set amid the Alaskan wilderness.
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MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (May 05, 2009)
Runtime: 1hr 36min

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