The River King (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  21 October 2005 (Canada)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Gibson ...
Harry McKenna (as Jamie King)
Bruce Murphy ...
Young Abel (as David Maclean)
Ross Petty ...
David Christoffel ...
Matt Farris
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Police Chief
Karl Pruner ...
Walter Pierce
Nathaniel Gibb
Jeff A. Wright ...
Robbie (as Jeff Wright)


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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It's the truth that haunts us

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »





Release Date:

21 October 2005 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el hielo  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The amount of snow on the ground and sidewalks changes throughout the movie. This is noticeable starting in the opening minutes of the movie when Abel and Joey are driving through town. See more »


[first lines]
Joey Tosh: Get in there!
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Hard Time For The Dreamer
Written by Paul Statham & Shelly McErlaine
Performed by Shelly McErlaine
Published by Stage Three Music Publishing Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Totally Underwater Productions
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Boooooooring !
15 October 2006 | by (Thomasville, GA USA) – See all my reviews

I like Burns, he does all he can with this part. But, I detest movies with no conclusion, and this one is one of those. You could leave at any time, and know as much as those of us dumb enough to stick it out to the end.

Great visuals, good music. Beautiful winter scenes. A couple of nasty guys who you'd like to see put in their place. A nice Streep-clone girlie figure. She's engaged to one of they nasty guys. But, why is she in the story at all? Even a ghost is thrown into the cast.

Odd love scenes .... he and she are just talking, then suddenly sucking face like they were magnetized. When they pull apart, you almost miss the "plop" sound from cartoons. They swear off each other, agree to call it quits, and then get right back to swapping spit.

I can see why this went straight to DVD .... somebody had the brains to save the distribution and promO costs, and cut their losses.

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