Picks and Pans Review: White Mile

updated 05/23/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Imagine ruthless advertising executive Miles Drentell from thirtysomething infused with a little of Bobby Knight's personality and you have the character Alan Alda plays so adroitly in this film. Alda is a hard-charging agency head who organizes a rugged rafting trip for his staff and clients. Corporate bonding in the great outdoors, reawakening the warrior spirit—all that tommyrot.

Soon the men are up an angry river without a you-know-what, learning the uglier lessons of survival. Exciting white-water photography and a strong cast (among them, Dakin Matthews, Robert Loggia and Peter Gallagher) keep this otherwise pointless film flowing rapidly—at least until its long, agonized coda.

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