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The River (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 January 1985 (USA)
A farming family battles severe storms, a bank is threatening to repossess their farm, and there are 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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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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Tom and Mae Garvey are a hard working farming couple living with their two children on the east Tennessee farm owned by Tom's family for generations. They and many of their neighbors have hit hard times of late. A downturn in the economy has led to dwindling land prices. But the biggest problem of late has been that their crop land has been prone to flooding as the property is adjacent to a river. Manipulating the powers that be including a local senator and the local bank, Joe Wade, who also grew up in the area and now runs the local milling company that sets the local grain prices, is working behind the scenes to buy up the properties along the river for a song as he wants to build a dam which would flood the Garvey's and others riverfront properties. The dam would generate electricity, but more importantly for Joe it would provide irrigation opportunities for farm properties away from the river, such as his own. Tom already intensely dislikes Joe as he and Mae used to go together. ... Written by Huggo

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farm | river | tennessee | flood | raincoat | See All (42) »

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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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11 January 1985 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Second of two consecutive cinema movies with watery water-related titles directed by director Mark Rydell whose previous theatrical feature film had been called On Golden Pond (1981) which had made and released around three years earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mae Garvey: Watch out, Tom! Beth, get in the truck! Tom! Are you hurt?
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Dune/Starman/Mass Appeal/Runaway (1984) See more »

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Radio Lover
Performed by John Conlee
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
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still a relevant if not hard to watch film in these downtrodden times.
16 August 2011 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek, are a young Farming family who battles not just the river of the title but also other matters such as the bank threatening to repossess their farm, and Scott Glenn plays a scrupulous land developer who plans to buy the farm to make way for a dam. together the family battles through the hard times in a desperate battle to hold on to their farm. Directed by Mark Rydell who directed such other fine American films 'The Reivers' 'The Rose' 'Harry & Walter go to New York' 'On Golden Pond' 'The River' is still a relevant if not hard to watch film in these downtrodden times. It also represents Mel Gibson at a time he was making quality fare. As usual Vilmos Zsigmond contributes terrific photography.


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