GREAT NIAGARA, THE (TV) (1974 USA)
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"Stubborn old patriarch" TV movies can rise or fall depending on the leading man. Richard Boone is the star who makes Great Niagara tolerable, even in its most irritatingly macho passages. Boone plays an ill-tempered old codger who has been crippled by attempting to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Despite his own lack of success, Boone demands that his sons maintain family tradition by challenging the Falls themselves. Produced by Playboy Films, The Great Niagara is a satisfactorily exciting effort, given texture by being set during the Depression.