White Mile

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White Mile
White Mile poster.jpg
Directed by Robert Butler
Produced by Richard Berg (executive producer)
Michael Hamilburg (co-executive producer)
Ilene Kahn (co-executive producer)
Allan Marcil (executive producer)
Anthony Santa Croce (producer)
Bob Tamarkin (co-executive producer)
Written by Michael Butler
Starring Alan Alda
Peter Gallagher
Robert Loggia
Music by Pray for Rain
Cinematography Lloyd Ahern II
Edited by John Duffy
Release date
  • May 21, 1994 (1994-05-21) (U.S.)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

White Mile is a 1994 American television film directed by Robert Butler and starring Alan Alda and Peter Gallagher.

Plot summary[edit]

Dan Cutler, the head of an advertising agency, invites his colleagues to a whitewater rafting trip. The invitation feels more like an order to some, Cutler considering the outing a test of his employees' confidence, courage and skills.

Tragedy occurs along Canada's "white mile," when a canoe capsizes and several of Cutler's companions are swept away by the raging current. Some die, and Cutler becomes at odds with one of his top executives over how the aftermath should be portrayed to authorities and to relatives who are suing the company.



The film is loosely based on a real incident, on August 1, 1987. Executives and clients of Chicago agency DDB Needham were involved in a rafting accident in Canada. Like the film, five men died that day.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • The film was nominated for two Golden Globes: "Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" and Alan Alda was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV"
  • The film was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special"
  • John Duffy was nominated for an Eddie for "Best Edited Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television"


  • "The Song of the Marines" by Harry Warren and Al Dubin


  1. ^ Millman, Nancy (13 February 1994). "A Morality Play on Business 'Responsibility'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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