Up the Creek (1984 film)

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Up the Creek
Up the Creek (1984 film).jpg
Up the Creek theatrical poster
Directed by Robert Butler
Produced by Michael L. Meltzer
Joel Chernoff
Written by Jim Kouf
Jeff Sherman
Douglas Grossman
Starring Tim Matheson
Stephen Furst
Dan Monahan
Sandy Helberg
Jeff East
James B. Sikking
Julia Montgomery
Music by William Goldstein
Cheap Trick
Cinematography James Glennon
Edited by Bill Butler
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release dates April 6, 1984
Running time 96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million
Box office $11,708,269

Up the Creek is a 1984 comedy film, directed by Robert Butler. Although the film itself was not as popular as other "college romp" films, the four lead parts all came to the film with experience in popular comedies, most notably Animal House and Porky's.

Plot summary[edit]

Bob McGraw, Max, Gonzer, and Irwin, students at Lepetomane University (known derisively by some as "Lobotomy U"), are volunteered to compete in a collegiate raft race. They are "recruited" by Dean Burch who uses records of McGraw's checkered past as a means of blackmail to get them to compete. "You're not AT the bottom of the list. You ARE the bottom of the list!", says Burch. He even offers them degrees in the major of their choice as additional incentive. They're up against Ivy University, prep schoolers who, with the help of an Ivy alumnus named Dr. Roland Tozer, plan to cheat their way to the Winner's Circle.

Their adversaries also include the Washington Military Institute, disqualified for their attempts to sabotage the other schools rafts. Captain Braverman, the leader of the Military men, has it in for McGraw because he personally curtailed the attempts to sabotage the other rafts. Also entered is a team of beautiful co-eds, one of whom ends up falling for Bob. The dangerous rapids as well as Ivy's cheating end up disabling many of the other teams' rafts. It is all down river adventure for the Lepetomane gang.


Production notes[edit]

This film was filmed near Bend, Oregon.


Up the Creek
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 1984
Genre Rock, Hard rock
Length 41:28
Label Pasha
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  1. "Up the Creek" – Cheap Trick
  2. "The Heat" – Heart
  3. "30 Days in the Hole" – Kick Axe
  4. "Great Expectations (You Never Know What to Expect)" – Ian Hunter
  5. "Chasin' the Sky" – The Beach Boys
  6. "Get Ready Boy" – Shooting Star
  7. "One Track Heart (Passion in the Dark)" – Danny Spanos
  8. "Take It" – Shooting Star
  9. "Two Hearts on the Loose Tonight" – Randy Bishop
  10. "Get Ready Boy (Instrumental)" – Shooting Star

One song that was in the film, but not on the soundtrack is "First Girl President" by Namrac.

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