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
Kale Whorton <email@example.com>
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
At the Labor Day picnic, the Rev. Maclean is playing horseshoes when Paul arrives. Paul addresses his dad by saying "Hello, Father." Although you can see Rev. Maclean say "Paul," the dubbed voice says "Son." 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
Bye Bye Blackbird
Performed by Prudence Johnson
Written by Mort Dixon
and Ray Henderson
Warner Bros., Inc. / Olde Clover Leaf Music Co., Roy Henderson Music Co. / Bienstock Publishing Co.,
on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd. See more