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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
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 »
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 »
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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Dog named 'Maggie' is listed in the credits (almost top-billing) as being played by a dog named 'Buffy.' See more »
Decent thriller with several good performances and terrific scenery
I watched The River Wild mainly for two reasons. The first one was
incredibly talented young actor named Joseph Mazello, while the second
was Kevin Bacon, also very good and underrated actor in my opinion. I
expected just an average thriller or something like that but this movie
managed to surpass my expectations. Though it wasn't a great or
Oscar-worthy movie I found The River Wild mostly good and entertained,
worth seeing movie. The story is concentrated on average dysfunctional
family with workaholic father, who have almost lost a contact with his
wife and two kids. They undertake a raft journey on vacation to
celebrate their eldest son, Rourke birthday and in the same time trying
to save their dying marriage. This at first calm and beautiful journey
gets unexpectedly dangerous when the family meet on their way two
strangers (played by Kevin Bacon and John C.Reilly), who also for their
own reasons go to a journey with the same route. The story is not
flawless and has some plot holes but overall it's not bad written.
Well, maybe it's quite predictable but I don't think that such
predictability harmed the movie too much. The acting overall was pretty
good. To my surprise somehow happened that Meryl Streep became a
weakest part in this excellent cast ensemble. I think she was a bit
unconvincing as careful mother as well as a strong rafter. Another
problem is that her character (Gail) is not developed as much as the
movie needs it. For unknown reasons she got even a Golden Globe
nomination for this movie but anyway The River Wild definitely is not
among her best works. David Straithairn is much better playing Gail's
husband and Roarke's father. Kevin Bacon is brilliant as evil,
psychotic villain, while John C.Reilly gave decent performance of his
diffident, weak-willed sidekick. And finally Joseph Mazello, the most
talented actor among entire casts in the movie. His part didn't give
him many opportunities to show his talent but in those short moments
his acting was beautiful and he was able to overshadow others. Despite
all these very good performances the most exceptional thing about The
River Wild is not the good acting but a beautiful scenery and excellent
cinematography that have captured it. Even only this terrific scenery,
filmed somewhere in Oregon, is enough to make this movie worth seeing.
It's simply beyond my words. Finally, it is worth to mention nice
score, written by Jerry Goldmith, with excellent main theme.
In the conclusion The River Wild is not great but quite a good movie,
with good casts, acting and one of the most beautiful scenery I've ever
seen. My grade 7,5 or B.
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