6.3/10
5,371
14 user 16 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife, Kate, finds herself attracted to prisoner Ed Biddle. She abandons her husband and ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson, Matthew Modine
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A former L.A. drug dealer tries to go straight but his past and his underworld connections bring him into the focus of the DEA, the Mexican feds and the Mexican drug cartels.

Director: Robert Towne
Stars: Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell
The Bounty (1984)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Fed up with their captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship crew decides to take action.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier
Tim (1979)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuse his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.

Director: Michael Pate
Stars: Piper Laurie, Mel Gibson, Alwyn Kurts
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chuck wants to leave home, but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby, is an ex-teacher.

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton
Air America (1990)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. airlift organization operating in Vietnam War-era Laos.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

Director: Tim Burstall
Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill
Forever Young (1992)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During a cryogenics test, a pilot frozen in 1939 awakes in 1992 but time is running out, as his body starts to age rapidly.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine
Summer City (1977)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The exploits of four boys who leave Sydney and head out for a weekend of surfing and adventure. Unfortunately the fun takes a serious turn when they find themselves involved in a murder.

Director: Christopher Fraser
Stars: John Jarratt, Phillip Avalon, Steve Bisley
Hamlet (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Shane Bailey ...
Becky Jo Lynch ...
Beth Garvey
...
...
...
Harve Stanley
...
Howard Simpson
Bob W. Douglas ...
Hal Richardson
...
Dave Birkin
Lisa Sloan ...
Judy Birkin
Larry D. Ferrell ...
Rod Tessley
Susie Toomey ...
Sally Tessley
Kelly Toomey ...
Lisa Tessley
...
Zemke (as Frank Taylor)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A folyó  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,489,982
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of several movies that Sissy Spacek made for Universal Pictures after she had won the Best Actress Academy Award for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). The movies included Missing (1982), The River (1984), 'night, Mother (1986), and Raggedy Man (1981). See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Referenced in Casting By (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-A-Billy
Performed by Bellamy Brothers
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Above all it's about respect
28 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'll agree with most of the previous comments on The River, but will also add that the focus of the very last confrontational scene defines for us the essence of the film and brings forth in the heartless protagonist, Mr. Wade, what he had so humanly (inhumanely?) failed to render throughout the entire story -- respect for those he was trying to selfishly destroy. If you've ever watched just one lonely individual (Mel Gibson in this case) do only what he/she could do (grab a couple mud bags) to make a difference against overwhelming odds, then to be joined in the task by those who were too paralyzed to even think, you'll find similar and inspiring action here, yourself caught up in the grittiness it all takes, and you'll almost rise from your seat to help patch the breached water wall with them.

One man prevailed, an entire valley's worth of beaten-down folk rallied, and what machinery couldn't absolutely guarantee, slogging feet and wet, muddy hands secured.

You just have to love it.


4 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

"This Is Us" Star Chris Sullivan and TV to See in 2018

"This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan gets emotional about Season 2. Plus, "The IMDb Show" looks at the most highly-anticipated TV shows of 2018 and talks to Lena Waithe about "The Chi."

Watch the show