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The River King (2005)

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Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after ... See full summary »

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Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was being badly bullied, Abel suspects that a dangerous schoolboy initiation has gone horribly wrong and he secretly solicits the help of a sympathetic teacher, Betsy. He is warned off the investigation by his boss, as the school is a generous benefactor to the Police benevolent fund. Abel, however, cannot let the case go, not only because his own brother committed suicide years before, but also it seems that the spirit of the dead boy is leaving them clues as to what really happened that night. Written by CaptainStigmata

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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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$16,000,000 (estimated)
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At the end of the film, Abel's father, Ernest, recalls how Abel's brother had hugged him the day that he committed suicide. Ernest then remarks that he found it strange because it wasn't Frank's way. This dialogue is taken directly from a scene where Abel is talking to his mother rather than his father. See more »

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The scene where Abel and Joey are driving in town and Joey honks the police car horn at Doreen Barker has numerous continuity errors. There are four camera angles: one angle is from the hood of the police car looking down the street, the second angle is from the hood of the police car and shows Abel and Joey up close, and the third and fourth angles are wide angles showing the police car and the entire street. The most noticeable errors are as follows: The number of cars following the police car and the distance between them and the police car changes from angle to angle; The make and model cars shown driving in the opposite direction before and after passing the police car change from angle to angle; Just before Joey honks the horn at Doreen you see two women walking down the street. The first woman, presumably Doreen, is walking on the sidewalk towards the police car and is wearing a blue hat without a purse over her shoulder. As Joey honks the horn he turns his head as if to look back at Doreen yet the very next camera angle shows Doreen wearing a white hat, red scarf, and different color blue jeans with a purse on her shoulder. She is also now walking in the opposite direction of the police car which has not yet passed her. As the police car passes Doreen you can clearly see that Joey is no longer riding in the police car. See more »

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[first lines]
Joey Tosh: Get in there!
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Quel Guardo Il Cavaliere
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
From Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Performed by Graziella Pareto (soprano) (HMV DB 567)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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King of Fizzle
28 October 2008 | by (Poconos, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I like to like movies that qualify as small gems. TRK had all the potential for such and, for the first forty minutes or so, looked to qualify. The acting wasn't bad (Ed Burns is just a bit too low key) the script is crisp and the pacing, shoot and story suspenseful. Indeed there were a dozen different prospects for; e.g., who the bad guy was going to be. I can't agree with some of the other comments herein that there was enough mood, fine acting, dialog, etc., to distinguish TRK as excellent cinema. But again, after more than a half hour I'm totally absorbed by the plot potential.

It is almost as if TRK sets up the viewer for a thousand possibilities only to intentionally fulfill absolutely none of them. A move "fizzles" when it paints itself into a corner then escapes in a clumsy manner. TRK paints itself into a corner and then climbs out a window. Again, there are not enough fine points about this movie to make it enjoyable on another level. Virtually every aspect of the build-up centers on facts, twists, questions, etc., that go unanswered. It is truly difficult to imagine what the makers of TRK wanted the viewer to enjoy about this movie.


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