The teacher Gail Hartman is facing problems with her marriage with her husband, the workaholic architect Tom Hartman. On the birthday of their son Roarke, Gail decides to leave her daughter with her parents and take her family to raft down a wild river where she was a guide. On the departure, a young man named Wade befriends Roarke and leaves the place with his friends Terry and Frank. Later the family encounters Wade and Terry, who do not have rafting experience, and Gail helps them to cross a whitewater. They get closer to the family and soon Gail and Tom learn a dark secret about Wade and Terry. What will they do to get rid of the men? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kevin Bacon and David Strathairn also appeared in Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1983). See more »
Throughout the movie, Gail warns the bad guys that there's no way out of the canyon other than via the Gauntlet, which only she can navigate. But Wade threatens to shoot her anyway. Moreover, Tom, the dad, runs ahead the boat and past the Gauntlet. See more »
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 »
Dog named 'Maggie' is listed in the credits (almost top-billing) as being played by a dog named 'Buffy.' See more »
River Wild is not really great or thrilling, but it's very entertaining due
to the good acting by the entire cast and the beautiful nature scenery. I
thought the relationships between all the characters and how they gradually
change was the most believable and interesting part. How Kevin Bacon's
character first strikes a bonding with the son, in order to win Meryl
Streep's trust, and how this friendly atmosphere slowly glides to threat was
very realistic. The only really annoying scene was the last one, where one
police officer asks the son "What did your father do?", to which he replies
"My father saved our lives". What a heroic, pathetic conversation after
having survived such a life-threatening nightmare!
All in all, this movie is recommendable, but you shouldn't expect too
22 of 25 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?