The River Movie Review 1984

Information and Film Reviews for The River the Movie

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Farmers battle a river whose flood threatens their farm. Spacek, as always, is strong and believable as the wife and mother, but Gibson falters. Beautiful photography. The third in an onslaught of films in the early '80s that dramatized the plight of the small American farmer. "The River" isn't as strong as "Country" and "Places in the Heart" which managed to convey important messages less cloyingly.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 124 minutes.

Cast and Crew

A River Runs Through the Plot, Farm Livin', Flood
Julian Barry, Robert Dillon
Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn, Billy Green Bush
Vilmos Zsigmond
Mark Rydell
John Williams
Mark Huffam

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