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A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | | Drama | 30 October 1992 (USA)
The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

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The Maclean brothers, Paul and Norman, live a relatively idyllic life in rural Montana, spending much of their time fly fishing. The sons of a minister, the boys eventually part company when Norman moves east to attend college, leaving his rebellious brother to find trouble back home. When Norman finally returns, the siblings resume their fishing outings, and assess both where they've been and where they're going. Written by Jwelch5742

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The Story of an American Family.

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Rated PG for momentary nudity, and some language in a family drama | See all certifications »

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$43,440,294
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Even though the film claims that it is filmed in Missoula, it is actually filmed in and around Livingston, Bozeman and Big Timber, Montana. Many of the fishing scenes were filmed in the Gallatin Canyon on the Gallatin River south of Bozeman. See more »

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When Norman returns to Missoula after college at Dartmouth & meets Jessie (in approximately 1926), she speaks with a stereotypical New York accent. Tough to copy since sound films didn't appear for at least two more years. See more »

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[first lines]
Older Norman: [narrating] 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."
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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 »

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The Sheik of Araby'
Written by Harry B. Smith, Ted Snyder and Francis Wheeler
Used by Permission of
Mills Music Corp, Inc. / Jerry Vogel Music Co.
Ted Snyder Music Co. / Bienstock Publishing Co., on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd.
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Good-Looking but Uninteresting
27 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

This autobiographical drama looks at a family in rural Montana in early 20th century. The cinematography crisply captures the beautiful Montana scenery. There are fine performances from Skerritt as a minister and Sheffer and Pitt as his sons, determined to forge their own identities. While the relationships among the three men are well developed, there is little here that is interesting. There is really no plot to speak of, and the deliberate pace makes it drag. Furthermore, fly-fishing scenes do not amount to a riveting movie experience. There is too much narration (provided by Redford, as the Sheffer character reflecting back late in life) and it is a bit pompous.


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