Carol Lynley, Vince Edwards, Anjanette Comer, Robert Webber, Vic Morrow, Neville Brand and Norman Fell
REGION CODE: 0
Region All / Free DVD-R (playable worldwide)
Two rafting couples, Hugh & Cathy Webster (Robert Webber/Carol Lynley), and Jack & Pat Trahey (Vince Edwards/Anjanette Comer) are enjoying class IV whitewater rafting upon the challenging Tuolumne River in California's Sierra foothills, when they are boldly set upon, while camping, by four fugitives (Vic Morrow, Neville Brand, Norman Fell and Larry Wilcox) who have escaped from a prison, or "rehabilitation center", as is mentioned with disdain by the group's leader, Brunner (Morrow). The two women are seized as hostages, and their husbands bound and left behind at their campsite. Rather than merely accept that their wives will soon be dead, Hugh, a businessman, and Jack, an attorney in his employ, pursue the outlaws in order to effect a rescue. Director Robert Day sets a crisp pace from the film's initial frames. Shot upon a stretch of the Tuolumne River between Lumsden Bridge and Lumsden Camp, the film benefits from the fine natural clarity of outdoor lighting during daytime scenes. Morrow earns the acting honours here with his low key and generally subtle performance.