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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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Beth Garvey
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Harve Stanley
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Howard Simpson
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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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He might be able to hold back the river. But could he hold back the greed of man? He showed her his strength, his courage, his incredible will. She showed him her love. See more »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,489,982
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Second American Hollywood movie starring Mel Gibson. The first had been The Bounty (1984). See more »

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[first lines]
Mae Garvey: Watch out, Tom! Beth, get in the truck! Tom! Are you hurt?
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Featured in At the Movies: Dune/Starman/Mass Appeal/Runaway (1984) See more »

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A Little Heaven's Rubbing Off On Me
Performed by George Strait
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
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Slow building, exhausting & beautiful struggle of an American farm couple
3 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie for the most part, it wasn't fantastic, it was interesting though and somewhat exhausting, watching how hard this family works to keep afloat.

Its a slow building movie following Tom and Mae Garvey (Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek) a hardy Tennessee farming couple who must defend their farm against man and nature, constantly one step away from foreclosing or flooding. This is from the early 80's so Mel Gibson is very good looking here as well as doing a decent southern accent. Sissy looks good too.

There are also some interesting scenes in this, one in particular stands out when Tom takes a job at a foundry and a deer enters which then has all the workers surrounding it, planning on killing it and then they just release it. I'm not entirely sure what it was meant to signify?

The ending felt a bit abrupt with yet another flood and a somewhat cheesy conclusion to everything with the outcome of the bad guy land developer (Scott Glen). I was left wondering and then what happens? Probably the same exact circle of events next season. 10/24/15


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