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Surfacing (1981)

A young girl and her friends set off on an expedition into the wilderness in order to find her missing father.

Director:

Claude Jutra

Writers:

Margaret Atwood (novel), Bernard Gordon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Bottoms ... Joe
Kathleen Beller ... Kate
R.H. Thomson ... David
Margaret Dragu Margaret Dragu ... Anna
Michael Ironside ... Wayne
Larry Schwartz Larry Schwartz ... Rod
James Buller James Buller ... Paul
Matthew McCauley Matthew McCauley ... Roger
Diane Bigelow Diane Bigelow ... Nikki
Mark Letterman Mark Letterman ... Gas Station Attendant
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A young girl and her friends set off on an expedition into the wilderness in order to find her missing father.

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They survived the savage wilderness. They would never be the same.

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Adventure | Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Faire surface See more »

Filming Locations:

Mazinaw Lake, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD2,250,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color
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Just what was the point of this?
10 October 2011 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

First of all, I feel I should mention that I have never read the Margaret Atwood novel this movie is based on. (And considering how boring most Canadian literature is, I never will.) I am sure, however, that the novel had more detail and explanation than this movie did. The movie starts off being a quest for a lost parent, but as soon as the protagonists make it to the woods, this quest is almost completely forgotten until the last ten minutes or so! The bulk of the movie has the protagonists canoing or wandering through the woods. There seems to be no point to all this, except maybe to pad out the running time. Maybe this stuff happened in the novel, though I'm sure the novel got into the heads of the characters and maybe therefore given the story a point. The movie has acceptable production values, but the general good look of the movie will not keep viewers awake.


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