MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 517 this week

The River Wild (1994)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 28,940 users  
Reviews: 67 user | 41 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 images
created 06 Jun 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 11 Jun 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 02 Sep 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 14 Sep 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 13 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The River Wild" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The River Wild (1994)

The River Wild (1994) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The River Wild.

User Polls

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An experienced guide (Vic) accompanies a city boy (Alan) and his three friends on their first wilderness experience. Hoping to teach the four boys lessons not only about the wilderness, but... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Sean Astin, Jonathan Ward
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Karate experts attempt to rescue a girl who was kidnapped by a mother and her two psycho sons.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Charles Lane, Ann Sothern, Chris Petersen
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After her humiliated husband kills himself, an embittered pregnant widow loses her child, and embarks on a mission of vengeance against a woman and her family.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mother, whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in outback Northern Territory, Australia, fights to prove her innocence.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves
She-Devil (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr.
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Gerard McSorley
Bad Influence (1990)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer
Sweet Kill (1972)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Tab Hunter, Cherie Latimer, Nadyne Turney
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Solving the mysteries of Leonardo DA Vinci's first known portrait, the first of only three women he ever painted.

Director: Christopher Swann
Stars: Meryl Streep
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

Gail, an expert at white water rafting, takes her family on a trip down the river to their family's house. 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The vacation is over


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

30 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Río salvaje  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£2,430,239 (UK) (17 March 1995)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Meryl Streep did most of her own stunts. See more »

Goofs

After Tom jumps off cliff into the river he coaxes the family dog, a yellow lab named "Maggie", into jumping in after him. Throughout the entire movie the dog is called "Maggie" and referred to as "girl" but when the dog leaps from the cliff into the river, you can clearly see it's a male dog. 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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The Universal Story (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Water is Wide
(Violin Instrumental)
Performed by Paul Cantelon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nothing too special but an enjoyable little thriller nonetheless
23 August 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To celebrate her son Roarke's birthday and help build his relationship with his father (and her), Gail takes the family unit up to where she used to work as a river guide for a bit of white water rafting. Once there they meet another group heading down river and, when Wade and Terry lose their guide, Gail agrees to let them follow them in their own boat. However when Gail and Tom begin to feel uncomfortable with their guests they try to slip away unnoticed – only for Wade to pull a gun and insist that Gail will help them proceed downriver and cross the legendary Gauntlet.

I first watched this when it came out in the cinema and I remember enjoying it. However noticing it back on television recently I couldn't help but be a little uninterested in it and wondered if I had just false memories of how good it really had been and so decided to watch it again and see. After a slow opening the film gets down to business with the two boats getting together and gradually going to the conclusion that we know is coming but enjoy heading towards anyway. The film delivers its straightforward plot well in the early stages, using the father-figure conflict well (even if it ignores the heavy feminist subtext) to generate the tension, while the later stages is more of a simple hostage thriller sort of affair. This aspect is still quite enjoyable even if it is not as tight as it really needed to be and, as a non-rafter, I wasn't sure how intimidated I was meant to be by the load of water that was the gauntlet.

As a result, the film is a little talky but the cast are able to deal with it and it is really only the clunky, slow start that suffers as a result. I'm not a big fan of Meryl Streep and I didn't think she was totally fitted to the material given her but mostly her performance was natural enough to be convincing. Strathairn plays second fiddle to Streep but he is still enjoyable as he delivers an insecure character. With these two big names in the lead it would have been easy for them to dominate but it is Kevin Bacon that steals the film with a charismatic performance that he easily turns into menace – hardly his greatest performance but he makes more of it than others have in the past. Mazzello is a typical 'cute kid' American actor but he is good enough for this material and he is pretty good in the first half when he is given the material. Reilly and Bratt add some well-known faces to the mix but really neither has that much to do.

Overall this is not a great film but it is good enough to be worth seeing once. The action is not typical for this genre and the novelty value of it makes it seem more interesting. The film looks good and it is tense enough to do the job while the plot gets past the slow start to deliver an interesting set up and a solid enough series of set pieces with a good cast and director onboard (sorry!).


22 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anyone know Other films with impressive scenery? DVD-Fan
A love for Wade? x-tally-x
Underrated movie, I think. shewster
Why would Gail fire the gun? susannahhun
Meryl Streep. Schwarze_Engel
Anyone else think... Inthenickyoftime
Discuss The River Wild (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?