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A River Runs Through It -- Two fly-fishing sons of a Presbyterian minister--one reserved, one rebellious--grow up in rural Montana.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Norman Maclean (story)
Richard Friedenberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1992 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Story of an American Family.
Plot:
Two fly-fishing sons of a Presbyterian minister--one reserved, one rebellious--grow up in rural Montana. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Montana only LOOKS!! Serene See more (124 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Craig Sheffer ... Norman Maclean

Brad Pitt ... Paul Maclean

Tom Skerritt ... Rev. Maclean

Brenda Blethyn ... Mrs. Maclean

Emily Lloyd ... Jessie Burns

Edie McClurg ... Mrs. Burns

Stephen Shellen ... Neal Burns
Vann Gravage ... Young Paul
Nicole Burdette ... Mabel

Susan Traylor ... Rawhide

Michael Cudlitz ... Chub

Rob Cox ... Conroy
Buck Simmonds ... Humph
Fred Oakland ... Mr. Burns
David Creamer ... Ken Burns
Madonna Reubens ... Aunt Sally
John Reubens ... Uncle Jimmy
Arnold Richardson ... Old Norman
MacIntyre Dixon ... Police Sergeant

William Hootkins ... Murphy
Al Richardson ... Mr. Murchison
Jess Schwidde ... Mr. Sweeney
Chuck Adamson ... Harry the Editor
Rex Kendall ... Reporter
Jack Kroll ... Reporter
Martina Kreidl ... Secretary at Newspaper
Noah Snyder ... Copy Boy at Newspaper
Margot Kiser ... Sal
Philip A. Braun ... Dealer at Lolo
Tracy Mayfield ... Bouncer at Lolo
Anne Merren ... Hooker at Lolo
Chuck Tweed ... Drunk in Jail
Prudence Johnson ... Pavilion Singer
D. Gorton ... Pavilion Announcer
Lincoln Quesenberry ... Drunk in Alley
Hawk Forssell ... Bouncer at Speakeasy
Jim Dunkin ... Speakeasy Bartender
Jacob Snyder ... Piano Player
Kathy Scharler ... Waitress at Speakeasy
Don Jeffery ... Black Jack
Byron Dingman ... Speakeasy Patron
Cecily Johnson ... Speakeasy Patron
Caleb Shiff ... Young John

Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Young Norman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daren Eastwold ... Montana Saloon Dancer (uncredited)

Lance R. Jones ... Party-Goer (uncredited)

Robert Redford ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Redford 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Norman Maclean (story)

Richard Friedenberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Jake Eberts .... executive producer
William Kittredge .... co-producer
Barbara Maltby .... co-producer
Patrick Markey .... producer
Amalia Mato .... producer
Robert Redford .... producer
Annick Smith .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Estrin 
Lynzee Klingman 
 
Casting by
Elisabeth Leustig 
 
Production Design by
Jon Hutman 
 
Art Direction by
Walter P. Martishius 
 
Set Decoration by
Gretchen Rau 
 
Costume Design by
Kathy O'Rear 
Bernie Pollack 
Reese Spensley (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist
Gina Homan .... assistant makeup artist
Dugg Kirkpatrick .... hair stylist
Anne Morgan .... additional hair stylist
Karen O'Connor .... additional hair stylist
Bunny Parker .... hair stylist (as Bunny Parker-Adamson)
Tena Parker .... hair stylist (as Tena Parker-Liddiard)
Tenita A. Parker .... assistant hair stylist
Anne Pattison .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jerry Ballew .... unit production manager
Carole Fontana .... unit supervisor
Susan Moore .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Stephen Buck .... first assistant director
Patrick Markey .... second unit director
T.S. O'Kelly .... second unit director
Kaaren F. Ochoa .... second assistant director
Steve Perry .... second unit director
Paul Ryan .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Meg Aeby .... painter
Thomas Allen .... carpenter
Braden Aro .... carpenter
Michael Atwell .... construction foreman
Jason Baker .... carpenter
Mark Baker .... carpenter
Beth Bernstein .... art department coordinator
Jason Borger .... fly fishing storyboard artist
Robert Bowler .... carpenter
John Ceniceros .... on-set set decorator
Jeff Cronin .... gang boss
Michael D'Imperio .... property assistant
Robert M. Dougherty .... draftsman
Carol Francoso .... painter (as Carol Y. Francoso)
Ellen Freund .... property master
Shari Griffin .... draper
Bruce Harris .... assistant construction coordinator
Joseph Kearney .... carpenter (as Joe Kearney)
Otto J. Kelle .... lead carpenter
R. John Legerski .... carpenter
Alisa Lumbreras .... painter
Adam Lustig .... graphic designer
Adam Lustig .... painter: mural painting
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
James Martishius .... carpenter
Michael J. Martishus .... painter
Ray Maxwell .... construction foreman
Larry Misselhorn .... greensman
James F. Oñate .... scenic foreman
Laurie Rajski .... art department intern
Eric Ramsey .... storyboard artist
Don Reinhardt .... carpenter
Beth A. Rubino .... assistant set decorator
David Russell .... conceptual illustrator
David Russell .... storyboard artist
Michael Shapiro .... set dresser
'Polar Bear' Shaw .... lead man
Eric C. Shilling .... carpenter
Ramsey Smith .... lead carpenter
Brian Stultz .... scenic chargeman
Chris Ubick .... assistant property master
Gregory Vallor .... carpenter
Tony Veach .... carpenter
Ingrid Wilcox .... property assistant
John W. Wise .... carpenter
W. Tim J. Zawisza .... carpenter
Tony Ballew .... carpenter (uncredited)
Paul Mason .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.J. Appel .... adr editor
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Steve Bartlett .... post-production sound
Sara Bolder .... dialogue editor
Christopher Boyes .... foley recordist
Clayton Collins .... sound editor
Clayton Collins .... sound effects
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Ken Fischer .... sound effects editor
Fonda Fisher .... assistant sound editor
J.R. Grubbs .... assistant sound editor
Ruth Hasty .... assistant sound editor
Richard Hymns .... supervising sound editor
David Jobe .... adr recordist
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
John Keating .... temp dub re-recording mixer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Tom Myers .... assistant sound designer
Jenny Oznowicz .... assistant sound editor
Hans Roland .... production sound
Kevin Rose-Williams .... assistant sound editor
Gary Rydstrom .... re-recording mixer
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist (as Dennis Thorpe)
Maia Veres .... assistant sound editor
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... dialogue editor (as Gwendolyn Yates-Whittle)
James Allen .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Tim Archer .... dialogue recordist (uncredited)
John Countryman .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Ronald G. Roumas .... machine room operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Stutsman .... special effects coordinator
Mark Yuricich .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunts (as Dan Barringer)
Jason Borger .... stunts
David Burton .... stunts
John Dietsch .... stunts
Annie Ellis .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunt coordinator
Stagg Summers .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double: Emily Lloyd (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Adams .... best boy grip
James Babineaux .... best boy electric
George M. Chappell .... electrician
George M. Chappell .... rigging gaffer
Bill Coleman .... special still photographer
Peggy Coleman .... clapper loader
François Duhamel .... unit photographer
Giles Dunning .... first assistant camera
Alexander Eberts .... video assistant
Jack English .... gaffer
Michael S. Epley .... grip
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip
Bill Finger .... second assistant camera (as William Finger)
Justin Fonda .... additional grip
J.P. Gabriel .... grip
Ed George .... additional assistant camera
Scott Graves .... electrician
Johnny Hale .... grip
Lawrence 'Doc' Henvirland .... key grip
John Kelly .... special still photographer
John 'Quincy' Koenig .... electrician
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... dolly grip
Ami Canaan Mann .... video assistant
Ted Morris .... assistant camera
Peter Pilafian .... additional fish photographer
Paul Ryan .... director of photography: second unit
Alex Smith .... second assistant camera: second unit
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... additional still photographer
Jim Wiley .... clapper loader
 
Casting Department
Susan Brown .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Helen Dollan .... extras casting
Jill Greenberg .... casting associate: New York
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Janelle Ramaker .... extras casting assistant
Lesa Shapiro .... extras casting
Jerry Siem .... fly casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Andrews .... costumer: men (as Amelia C. Andrews)
Elizabeth Barber .... costumer: women
Marsha Barton .... seamstress
Marie Boller .... costumer
George Cooper .... costumer
Jeannie Johnson .... seamstress
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko .... assistant costume designer
Karan Kaufman Feder .... seamstress (as Karan Kaufman)
Barbara Marko .... costumer
Lynn Moore .... wardrobe
Leslie Neuman .... costumer
Hugo Peña .... costumer
Laurie Riley .... set costumer
Christine Schumann .... seamstress
Vincent Sembera .... tailor
Barbara Shiff .... set costumer
Reese Spensley .... costume production assistant
Chuck Velasco .... costumer
Terry Velasco .... costumer
Tony Velasco .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Greg Finton .... first assistant film editor
Adam C. Frank .... assistant editor
Margaret Liu .... assistant editor
Jennifer Mangan .... first assistant film editor
Ray Martin .... color timer
Kate McGowan .... first assistant film editor
Brent White .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
George Doering .... musician
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Stephan R. Goldman .... music producer
Stephen Krause .... scoring mixer
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Katherine Quittner .... music editor
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Larry Alexander .... transportation coordinator
Dave Amberik .... driver
Tony Ballew .... driver
Karla Barghultz .... driver
Charlie Carpenter .... driver
Ralph Good .... driver
Cheri Kimerly .... driver
David Knox .... driver
Merle Luppen .... driver
Lonnie Mace .... transportation co-captain
Matthew Markey .... driver
Stuart Shiff .... transportation captain
Darcy Stewart .... driver
Paul Thomas .... driver
Erik Westfall .... driver
 
Other crew
Dwight Adair .... dialogue coach (as Dwight R. Adair)
Allen Alsobrook .... pre-production supervisor
Johnny Alvarez .... choreographer
John Anklow .... production assistant
Terry Austin .... advisor: Trout Unlimited
John Bailey .... fly fishing advisor
Kara Baker .... script supervisor (as Karla Dillard Baker)
Teresa A. Baldas .... studio teacher
Lori A. Balton .... location manager
Donald Bench .... security officer
Marshall Bloom .... advisor: Trout Unlimited
Dixie Bullock .... housing coordinator
Kimberly Burns .... production assistant (as Kim Burns)
Dave Cary .... forest service ranger: USA
George Croonenberghs .... period fly tyer
George Croonenberghs .... technical advisor
Theresa Curtin .... assistant: Mr. Markey
John Dietsch .... fly fishing production coordinator
Alexander Eberts .... assistant: Mr. Redford
Paul Erickson .... intern: University of Chicago
Mike Fantasia .... assistant location manager
Linda Farahi .... accounting assistant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main title and montage sequences
John Foust .... mechanical fish operator
Andy Froemke .... EAC unit
David Froemke .... EAC unit
Miranda Garrison .... choreographer
Taj Gombart .... production assistant
Anne Gordon .... animal trainer
Karen Hughes .... production coordinator
Dixie Johnson .... humane society
Jerry F. Johnson .... whitewater services
Donna Kail .... assistant: Mr. Redford
Shannon Kane .... production accountant
Marsha Koff .... production controller (as Marsha Mann-Koff)
Rory J. Kremer .... production staff
Jonathan Swain Landreth .... production assistant
Alexandra Lin .... set production assistant
Maren Linett .... intern: University of Chicago
Doug Lobaugh .... medic coordinator
Don MacDonald .... assistant choreographer
Craig Manhart .... assistant location manager
Ami Canaan Mann .... intern: Mr. Redford
Doug McClelland .... advisor: Trout Unlimited
Judy A. Meagher .... studio teacher
Anne Merrem .... assistant production coordinator
Carla Meyer .... dialogue coach
Robbie Miller .... assistant: Mr. Redford
Ralph Moon .... federation fly fisheries advisor
Ric Morelli .... assistant production coordinator
Breck O'Neill .... whitewater consultant
Brandt Oswald .... advisor: Trout Unlimited
Walter W. Parry Jr. .... key set production assistant (as Walter Parry)
Marianne Simon-Strader .... production secretary
Lois Smith .... public relations
Jacob Snyder .... craft service
Jean Maclean Snyder .... consultant
Joel Snyder .... consultant
Wendy Spurrier .... production assistant
Kelly Stultz .... accounting assistant
Mak 'Crash' Takaro .... personal trainer
Todd Turner .... key set production assistant
Cynthia Upstill .... script supervisor
Joseph Urbani .... fisheries biologist
Dick Vincent .... fisheries advisor: Montana
Beverly Walker .... unit publicist
John Wasson .... whitewater services
Ted Watson .... fish provider
Tom Whiteaker .... whitewater services
Michael Yurchak .... craft service
Ben Zakheim .... set production assistant
Judi M. Durand .... adr voice (uncredited)
Roy Lewis Garton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Irvine .... assistant: Steve Perry (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for momentary nudity, and some language in a family drama
Runtime:
123 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-10 | Germany:6 | Iceland:12 | Norway:10 | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG (PCA #31883)
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Trivia:
None of the actors had ever fly fished before making the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When leaving the gaming house, the car Norman is driving has the passenger side lamp out. After Paul talks to Norman and the camera pans back, the headlamp is back on.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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81 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Montana only LOOKS!! Serene, 21 October 2005
Author: dataconflossmoor from United States

A stunning realization occurs when some sort of phenomenon takes place!! Be it, firecrackers going off, witnessing a robbery, a hurricane nonchalantly devastating everything in it's path, or, for that matter, any other spectacular occurrence !! In the case of the Maclean Family, however, reveille was something which was no more complex than their day to day lives..Montana in the early twentieth century was an environment which was rough and tumble...The Maclean family was comprised of four people, the father, a minister, who was ideologically driven to raise his family properly. His wife was God fearing, and dutiful. The two boys were, well...BOYS!!.. What else can you say?...Brad Pitt starred in this film before he was really THE!! Brad Pitt, and his acting performance in this film was, to say the least, remarkable!!!.. His brother, Norman, was the cerebral type, he was touched by emotions that were genuine, and motivated by a set of values that Missoula, Montana concurred with!! Paul (Brad Pitt) was a misfit from the offset, and lived on the edge...You would think that Montana in the 1920's had no such thing, yet somehow, gambling, drinking, and violent confrontations, were as much a part of Paul, as was his fly fishing rod!! Fly fishing!! Did I say that? Parenthetically, this was the core of this movie's theme!! The recreation of fly fishing served as the cohesive bond which homogenized the kindred spirits of the Maclean brothers, and to a lesser degree, the father!! I would describe the acting in this film as incredibly believable, and the cinematography went beyond sensational.. Put it this way, anyone who sees this film will want to live in Montana.. Breathtaking filmography of bluer than blue mountains and streams captured the youth and effervescence that the Maclean brothers had for life...Seldom in a film do you witness whereby feelings immediately invoke a dogged tenacity to accomplish whatever it may be that someone wishes to accomplish..The Maclean brothers lived life to the fullest, and for better or worse, the father knew that this was going to be the only way the two of them could become men!!...Robert Redford directs this film, and tells the story of the Maclean's through the perspective of the older brother, Norman...Norman gets offered a position at the University of Chicago at age 26, and marries the woman he will always be in love with...What this film also points out, is that the younger brother, Paul, has attained an accomplishment of his own by being the epitome of a remarkable fly fisherman!! The seedier side of life prevails in the younger brother's existence, and exerts an insidious form of consternation for the Maclean family!! As most human shortcomings go, the Maclean family made light of turbulent waters, (literally) and thus, established unity as a family, by putting necessary blinders on!!!

The end of the movie "River Runs Through It" presents an epigram of life through the eyes of the older brother.. For Norman Maclean, stoicism is a prerequisite to perseverance in his emeritus years!! Such a fate is largely due to the fact that reflecting on his life is tantamount to yearning for people who have passed away! The fond memories of his brother, his wife, his mother, and his father, must now be viewed philosophically!! For Norman, his life has been relegated to stubborn facts that have determined his dubious outlook, and precarious resolve! Something as simple as the statement "This was your life, and that is how you lived it" is a somber recollection of the joy, the sorrow, the regrets, and the love, he gave, as well as was the recipient of!! Best put in the last sermon he heard his father give, his father said "We can completely love someone without completely understanding them".. Whether you agree with what has happened in your life or not, it happened nonetheless! Norman Maclean must come to grips with the fact that his life has been fragmented by misunderstandings! Norman Maclean has become a decrepit octogenarian who is polarized by virtual conclusions to his life!! The murky waters of Montana's picturesque rivers serve as a vicious and desultory finalization to his years on earth!! Without question, the very prolific statement of "what seems complicated is really very simple" purveys a very acrimonious message in this movie...More simply put...The people and places which were important in Norman's life, are now only a bittersweet memory....merely a painfully intellectual rumination of events which are aggravated by the haunted waters of Montana's beautiful streams and rivers...To which, for the entire Maclean family, "all things merge into one and a river runs through it"

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