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The River King (2005)

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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Harry McKenna (as Jamie King)
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Young Abel (as David Maclean)
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Matt Farris
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
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Walter Pierce
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Nathaniel Gibb
Jeff A. Wright ...
Robbie (as Jeff Wright)
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Storyline

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


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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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Bajo el hielo  »

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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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After pulling Gus' body from the river, Abel and Joey's boots and pants are perfectly dry. It would've been impossible for them to pull the body from the river without at least getting their boots and pant legs wet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joey Tosh: Get in there!
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I Gotta Sing
Written by Alex Germains, Ceris James and Tomas Kelar
Performed by Mountaineers
Published by Mute Song Ltd.
Courtesy of Mute Records Ltd.
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Great acting, well-written...worth a watch!
4 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I work in a video store and had heard nothing of this film, so i rented it on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. The acting was fantastic, and although the film was a little slow getting started, I was glad I stuck around. It pulled at my mind in a way very few films do these days, and it did so without a lot of hype and overacting. I also found the film score very refreshing--it was unexpected for the film's subject (think: Bernard Herrmann's score for "North by Northwest"--not what you expect, but it fits beautifully). Overall a very enjoyable film, if just a bit slow at the beginning. Makes me want to go buy the book!


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