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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Willa Hartman
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Tom Hartman
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Gail's Mother
Victor Galloway ...
Gail's Father (as Victor H. Galloway)
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Ranger
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Terry
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Frank
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Ranger Johnny
Paul Cantelon ...
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Policeman
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Storyline

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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30 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Río salvaje  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,815,748 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An exhausted Meryl Streep balked when Director Curtis Hanson asked her to shoot one more scene before filming finished for the end of the day, however, she decided to attempt it. Swept off the raft, she was in real danger of drowning, before she was rescued. Returning upriver, she told a pale and shaking Hanson that "in the future, when I say I can't do something, I think we should believe me." Hanson hastily agreed. See more »

Goofs

At 30:02 they are supposedly traveling alone through the wilderness. However you can clearly see in the background several people playing and fishing by the riverside with an aluminum rowboat up on the bank.. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.201 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Meryl Streep, David Strathairn, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly
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An interesting adventure's movie
1 November 2003 | by (Athens,Gr) – See all my reviews

Gail used to be an expert rafting. Years later, during a family excursion in a wild river, she finds out the nightmare. Two cruel bandits, in the same river, try to escape and need her to help them. The pictures of the river and the open country are magnificent and we don't really have violent scenes in this movie. I appreciated the "zoom" on the heroes' faces, as we can see their emotions and reactions. They all were good. Kevin Bacon, much younger than the experienced M. Streep stands by her equally and proves once more his great talent.


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