The true story about two boys growing up in rural Montana while rebelling against their stern minister father. Eldest brother Norman eventually leaves home and becomes a disciplined, grounded professor, while younger brother Paul becomes a rebellious journalist and descends into gambling and liquor. Their mornings are spent in school and religious study, while their afternoons are devoted to fly fishing for trout in the Blackfoot River. Written by
Kale Whorton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Story of an American Family.
Did You Know?
'William Hurt' wanted to play the role of Paul Maclean and once went fishing with Norman Maclean in Montana. When Hurt asked if he had fished well enough to portray his brother, Maclean replied: "Well, Bill, you're a pretty good fisherman but not good enough to be my brother.". See more
Paul does a Bogart imitation, while at the speakeasy. The scene takes place in the mid to late 1920s, either during silent movie era (He would not have even known what Bogart's voice sounded like), or early talkies. Bogart was an unknown in movies until the 1930s. 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."
No fish were killed or injured during the making of A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. The producers would like to point out that, although the Macleans kept their catch as was common earlier in this century, enlightened fisherman today endorse a "catch and release" policy to assure that this priceless resource swims free to fight another day. Good fishing. See more
Written by Ray Gilbert
and Kid Ory
(as Edward 'Kid' Ory)
George Simon Music Co. / Janiero Music Co. See more