Black River (2001)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  6 July 2001 (USA)
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A writer visits a town that isn't what it appears to be.



(teleplay), (novel) (as Dean Koontz)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boyd 'Bo' Aikens
Laura Crosby
Mandy Pruell
Chief Salks
Thomas Pinkwater
Scott Hylands ...
Richard Crunch
Mayor Tom Thompson
Patricia Drake ...
Nancy Larshak
Frank Yarley
Elderly Woman
Susan Bain ...
Frannie Fineman


A writer visits a town that isn't what it appears to be.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Remote. Controlled.


Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black River - A város fogva tart  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The company's owner explains their project is to create an artificial intelligence that can go anywhere in cyberspace and be able to see through any camera, hear and speak through any phone line, hack computers at will, and even control remotely accessed systems (like the SCV, or the orbital laser system that shot at Bo earlier). However, on more than one occasion, Pericles demonstrates powers that it is unlikely that a computer could have, most notably the ability to levitate a garden hose (a decidedly low-tech device). See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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I`ve Seen This In THE X-FILES
22 September 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Is there some type of written rule in American TVMs ( And for the sake of argument I class this as a TVM - not a mini series ) that there must be a tear jerking scene included ? I`m just curious because BLACK RIVER opens with a man called Bo Aikens burying his dog and boy is the sentiment laid on with a trowel . Am I supposed to empathise with Bo because his dog died ? Well I don`t and even if I did any sympathy I might have had for him would have disappeared a few minutes later when he confesses he worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood , lived in a big house with his beautiful wife with a big car parked in a big garage , but decided to give it all up because he wanted to be taken seriously as a writer . So let`s see now , he was working as a Hollywood screenwriter ( And getting big bucks for doing so ) and gave it all up because he wasn`t getting enough critical acclaim ! In other words he`s a schmuck and deserves everything that comes his way in my opinion .

I`ve heard the name Dean Koontz but have never read any of his novels and couldn`t tell you anything about the author and it wasn`t untill I looked up his profile on this site that I found he was American born . Watching BLACK RIVER I wouldn`t have believed it because the American stereotypes of middle America in general and Black River in particular seem somewhat overplayed with American pie hospitality and the occasional redneck scumbag in a premise that would have probably worked better as an episode of THE X-FILES. In fact I`ve seen this type of story umpteen times in that show

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