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The River (1984)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mae Garvey
Shane Bailey ...
Lewis Garvey
Becky Jo Lynch ...
Beth Garvey
Joe Wade
Don Hood ...
Senator Neiswinder
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)


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 <>

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19 December 1984 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$8,800,000 (USA)

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The production notes for the film state that the film continued director Mark Rydell's "exploration of the human heart that began with The Fox (1967) and characterized Cinderella Liberty (1973) and The Rose (1979)". See more »


[first lines]
Mae Garvey: Watch out, Tom! Beth, get in the truck! Tom! Are you hurt?
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Performed by Bellamy Brothers
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
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Above all it's about respect
28 September 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – 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.

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