Taglines: Who says a bunch of boobs can’t win a race?
Bob McGraw is in his 12th year of college, goofing his way through life. Bob the slacker, Irwin the alcoholic geek, Gonzer the human food disposal and Max the ne’er do well are the four losers forced and bribed to represent their university in an intercollegiate raft race., They make some friends like the lovely Heather Merriweather, but mostly enemies, among others a whole team of marines, and preppy IVY-leaguers determined to win.
Up the Creek is a 1984 comedy film, directed by Robert Butler and starring Tim Matheson, Jennifer Runyon, Stephen Furst, Dan Monahan, Sandy Helberg, Blaine Novak, James Sikking, Julia Montgomery and Jeana Keough. 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.
About the Story
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.
Up the Creek (1984)
Directed by: Robert Butler
Starring: Tim Matheson, Jennifer Runyon, Stephen Furst, Dan Monahan, Sandy Helberg, Blaine Novak, James Sikking, Julia Montgomery, Jeana Keough
Screenplay by: Jim Kouf, Jeff Sherman
Production Design by: William Hiney
Cinematography by: James Glennon
Film Editing by: Bill Butler
Costume Design by: Robert Turturice
Set Decoration by: Gary Moreno
Music by: William Goldstein
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Release Date: April 6, 1984