Journey To The Outer Limits


(out of 5)

The educational experience of Outward Bound is captured in this wonderful documentary from the folks at National Geographic. It covers one semester in the course as a group of disparate individuals, young people from around America, are gathered up to survive the wilderness together and learn all manner of coping skills. Some of them are children of privilege who are looking to challenge themselves in the great outdoors, others are troubled youths from inner-city neighbourhoods who have been placed in the program as a form of rehabilitation. Mixing these types together and then factoring in the demands of extreme camping make for interesting results, which are distilled to the most essential and entertaining 52 minutes that the filmmakers observe with during the completion of the students’ education. Sometimes it feels staged (it’s written by a former Days Of Our Lives staff writer) but for the most part it is very engaging. Narration by .

USA, 1973

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by , Alexander Grasshoff

Music by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  

Academy Award Nomination
Best Documentary (Feature) (Alex Grasshoff, producer)



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