A true story about two boys, Norman and Paul, growing up in Montana. One is rebellious of his father, Rev. Maclean, while the other has his feet on the ground. The one love they both have is fly fishing. Written by
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The Story of an American Family.
Did You Know?
Norman Maclean often recounted the story of how his semi-autobiographical story collection was rejected by every large commercial publisher he sent it to, including one that rejected it on the basis that it contained "too many trees." It was eventually published instead by the University of Chicago Press (in 1976) and went on to sell extraordinarily well for them. See more
Paul does a Bogart imitation, while at the speakeasy. The scene takes place in the mid to late 1920's, either during silent movie era (He wouldn't have even known what Bogart's voice sounded like), or early talkies. Bogart was an unknown in movies until the 1930's. See more
Long ago, when I was a young man, my father said to me, "Norman, you like to write stories." And I said "Yes, I do." Then he said, "Someday, when you're ready you might tell our family story. Only then will you understand what happened and why."
The scenes on the Blackfoot River were actually shot on the Madison and other rivers around the Bozeman and Livingston areas. The "Big Blackfoot" has already become too polluted and populated to provide the image the scene required. See more
Referenced in Crossing Over
Yes, We Have No Bananas
Written by Frank Silver
and Irving Cohn
(as Irving Conn)
Skidmore Music Co., Inc. See more