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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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Betsy Chase
Thomas Gibson ...
August 'Gus' Pierce
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Joey Tosh
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Harry McKenna (as Jamie King)
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Carlin Leander
Bruce Murphy ...
Joey's Son
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Young Abel (as David Maclean)
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Eric Herman
Ross Petty ...
The Dean
David Christoffel ...
Matt Farris
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Police Chief
Karl Pruner ...
Walter Pierce
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Nathaniel Gibb
Jeff A. Wright ...
Robbie (as Jeff Wright)
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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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21 October 2005 (Canada)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joey Tosh: Get in there!
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Soundtracks

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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My advice: Make popcorn with 10 minutes remaining
11 September 2006 | by (Edmonton AB) – See all my reviews

I may have rated this movie 6+ if not for the ending. In the last 10 minutes I could barely justify a 4! Another person commented they didn't understand why this went straight to DVD without a run in the cinemas; I gotta wonder if they actually watched the ending?!... I'm sure the decision at least partially considered the hordes of people who would be swarming ticketing counters across the country demanding some compensation for the time they wasted watching this movie thru to the finish. If your gonna get up and get popcorn or relieve yourself, it would be best to do it with about 10 minutes remaining... All bias aside, I believe this movie may be the best example of an anticlimactic ending I have ever been witness to.


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