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The River (1984)

 -  Drama  -  19 December 1984 (USA)
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Farming family battles severe storms, a bank threatening to reposses their farm, and other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.

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Mae Garvey
Shane Bailey ...
Lewis Garvey
Becky Jo Lynch ...
Beth Garvey
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Joe Wade
Don Hood ...
Senator Neiswinder
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Harve Stanley
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Howard Simpson
Bob W. Douglas ...
Hal Richardson
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Dave Birkin
Lisa Sloan ...
Judy Birkin
Larry D. Ferrell ...
Rod Tessley
Susie Toomey ...
Sally Tessley
Kelly Toomey ...
Lisa Tessley
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Zemke (as Frank Taylor)
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Farming family battles severe storms, a bank threatening to reposses their farm, and other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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He might be able to hold back the river. But could he hold back the greed of man? [Theatrical Australia] See more »

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19 December 1984 (USA)  »

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A folyó  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,800,000 (USA)
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Principal photography on this picture was completed one week ahead of schedule. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mae Garvey: Watch out, Tom! Beth, get in the truck! Tom! Are you hurt?
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The Fireman
Written by Mack Vickery and Wayne Kemp
Performed by George Strait
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
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Maltin's summary is off base
24 July 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I recently rented this movie because I'm a Mel Gibson fan, but before I did, I read over the review by Leonard Maltin on these pages and found that his comment "but Gibson's character is so coldly stubborn that it's hard to empathize" regarding the character Tom Garvey was pretty harsh.

This is not a man so stubborn you cannot empathize with him in the least. Harrison Ford's character in Mosquito Coast was such a man, but this guy is a good man trying to do what's right for himself and for his family and I didn't see him as cold either. Again, look to Mosquito Coast if you're looking for a father who's cold, TOO stubborn and unloving.

If you want to see a good movie about farmers facing adversity from the weather and from their "neighbors" this is a good one to rent. Justly nominated for cinematography, it's a very pretty movie, although I'd have liked to see it on the big screen to get the full effects of the river shots. Sissy Spacek was of course excellent as well.


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