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The River Wild (1994)

Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.




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Complete credited cast:
Willa Hartman
Tom Hartman
Gail's Mother
Victor Galloway ...
Gail's Father (as Victor H. Galloway)
Ranger Johnny
Paul Cantelon ...


Gail, an expert at white water rafting, takes her family on a trip down a river on which she used to be a guide. Along the way, the family encounters two men who are unexperienced rafters that need to find their friends down river. Later, the family finds out that the pair of men are armed robbers. The men then physically force the family to take them down the river to meet their accomplices. The rafting trip for the family is definitely ruined, but most importantly, their lives are at stake. Written by Anonymous

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The vacation is over

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and threatening moments | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Río salvaje  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)


$46,815,748 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carrie Fisher was an uncredited script doctor on the film. See more »


Tom falls into the water from a cliff after being shot at and emerges soaking wet. A minute later his clothes are dry. See more »


[first lines]
Gail: Roarke! Roarke! I've told you for the 157th time, turn that damn music off. I'm losing my hearing. Jeez. You gotta find your sneakers buddy. You owe me.
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Crazy Credits

Dog named 'Maggie' is listed in the credits (almost top-billing) as being played by a dog named 'Buffy.' See more »


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Psalm 69
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Great action movie with beautiful scenery
16 December 1998 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

The best actress of them all was in this exciting film. Admittedly, the story was an old one with the usual predictable ending, but I love just about anything with Streep in it. She is so believable in her parts. Kevin Bacon acted the part of a psycho very well. The sequences shot at the waterfalls kept the adrenaline flowing in this fast paced thriller.

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