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Higher Ground (Bilingual) [Import]

John Denver , Paul Batten , Robert Day    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars "You know I'll be reaching for higher ground..." Dec 13 2010
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
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 who 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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5.0 out of 5 stars John Denver Gets Tough in Alaska Dec 27 2008
By cocoproducer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm happy that another one of John Denver's TV movies is being released officially rather than a backroom under the counter thing. He made some genuine films and this is another one that will thrill the JD enthusiast.

Set in LA and Alaska, John takes on the bootleggers of Alaska after becoming frustrated with corporate FBI procedures. He turns gritty and still keeps that John Denver appeal that we all grew up with. While this movie was released 20 years ago on CBS, it withstands those two decades as genuine entertainment. He only sings one song but it is part of the movie's plot and not a solo cutaway.

Get it while you can, it probably will be a limited release and end up on ebay at some point.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must-have" for John Denver fans Feb. 5 2009
By Hoosier Fingerpicker - Published on Amazon.com
I eagerly awaited delivery of this newly released DVD. It arrived in yesterday's mail and I watched it last night. I was truly surprised with John's performance. Admittedly, he was not a great actor, but a substantially good one. Of his films that I've seen, this was his best. The casting is superb; the acting well directed with fine performances all around. The scenery is magnificent and John sings and plays. A perfect evening of entertainment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars JOHN DENVER Feb. 26 2009
By M. langstaff - Published on Amazon.com
This little telefilm is a must have for John Denver fans. If, for no other reason, it is one of the few films he ever did. Otherwise, there is not much about it that is worth anything. The story isn't bad. The scenic shots of Alaska are stunning. It is a big budget production with a fairly solid cast. The direction is weak and unimaginative and the writing appalling. The entire film makes you wince given the words that these actors have to struggle with. However, for JD fans, it's a chance to spend some time with him. The character he plays is really John Denver as an FBI agent. "Oh God" gave us JD when he was much younger. This film gives you a more mature JD. Aside from "Oh God", "Foxfire" with Jessica Tandy is a much better film with John. The, as yet to be released in DVD telefilm "The Christmas Gift" is also a better choice to see JD. He's a pretty natural actor and, in "The Christmas Gift", he sings a lovely verse from one of his more contemporary songs, "Love Again" - an added bonus.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Denver Fans Will Love This One Aug. 5 2009
By Lone Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this dvd partly because i'm a big John Denver fan & partly because the reviews of it here on Amazon were overwhelmingly good. I unfortunately missed it back in 1988 when it was on tv but I am really glad I took a chance & bought it cuz it's one of Denver's best movies. It's also a real treat to see him playing a former FBI agent in the wilds of Alaska who while investigating the murder of his best friend & partner, gets to fly around in cool seaplanes as part of the shipping business that he's working in. His investigation rubs a few locals & the sherriff (John Rys-Davies) the wrong way at first but they quickly start to see that his character is smart, tenacious & not someone to be taken lightly. Along with the good story there is teriffic scenery & a good cast as well. You even get to see John sing & play guitar during a party scene. The highlight of this film isn't the music, story or gorgeous scenery though. It's actually getting to see John do the thing he loved to do the most when he wasn't entertaining all us lucky fans, and that was flying airplanes. Obviously there is a bittersweet quality to this but it's still great to see John having a great time & know all the while, that at the very least, he died doing the thing he most loves to do.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Denver is fantastic in a serious role Oct. 14 2009
By M. Strube - Published on Amazon.com
This is a a great treat for anyone and a must see for fans of John Denver. He's looking great, showing off his excellent acting abilities against the backdrop of beautiful Alaska and is shown doing what he loved almost better than anything; flying. It is exciting to see him in fight scenes, a sharp contrast to his gentle nature and beautiful songs. Even peace loving people sometimes have to stand up for what is right.
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