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The River Why -- Sick of living in a home shrouded with secrets, lies and a smothering sense of competition, Gus runs away from home and the shadow of his famous fly-fishing father.
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A young man abandons his family for a solitary life of fly-fishing. His goal was to find his own way in the fishing world and thereby find himself and love. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Zach Gilford ... Gus

Amber Heard ... Eddy

William Hurt ... H2O

Dallas Roberts ... Titus

Kathleen Quinlan ... Ma

William Devane ... Dutch Hines
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drew Barrios ... Security Guard

Gabby Brooks ... Pilgrim at Halloween Party
Keagan Brooks

Landon Brooks ... Soldier at Halloween Party

Nikki Deloach ... Young Ma

Natasha Duvall ... Girl in Park

Gattlin Griffith ... Bill Bob
Breanna Aleigh Grimes ... Marlene
David Richard Heath ... Ralph Eaton

Alex Hurt ... Young H20

Catherine Lassesen ... Politician's Wife
Christopher McCafferty ... Exhibition Attendee

Allen Nause ... Politician

Daniel Nelson ... Young Gus

Elijah Nelson ... Hemingway

Brendan Robinson ... Kernie

Lauren Selman ... Summer Tourist
Robert Zorn ... Fly Shop Owner

Directed by
Matthew Leutwyler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas A. Cohen  screenplay
Thomas A. Cohen 
David James Duncan  novel (uncredited)
John Jay Osborn Jr.  screenplay

Produced by
Miranda Bailey .... executive producer
Kristi Denton Cohen .... producer
Thomas A. Cohen .... executive producer
Brett Cranford .... line producer
Nikhil Jassawalla .... co-executive producer
Matthew Leutwyler .... producer
Amanda Marshall .... co-producer
Charles Mastropietro .... executive producer
Dean Mozian .... producer assistant
Josh Murphy .... co-producer
David Quinney .... executive producer
Shari Quinney .... executive producer
Chip Touhey .... associate producer
Original Music by
Austin Wintory 
Cinematography by
Karsten Gopinath 
Film Editing by
Robert Dalva (consulting editor)
Matthew Leutwyler 
Casting by
Matthew Karchesky 
Michael Testa 
Production Design by
Tyler B. Robinson 
Set Decoration by
Joe Rynearson 
Costume Design by
Amanda Needham 
Makeup Department
Molly Craytor .... makeup department head
Jason Hamer .... makeup effects supervisor
Robin Schmitt .... additional makeup artist: crowd
Erin Walters .... hair stylist
Hiroshi Yada .... special makeup effects crew
Production Management
Dawnn Pavlonnis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tracy L. Connors .... first assistant director
Josh Murphy .... second unit director
Travis Rehwaldt .... second second assistant director
Jason Ruffolo .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jason Beveridge .... leadman
Stephen Frankland .... property master
Jenelle Giordano .... buyer
Wilson Peery .... art department coordinator
Dan Schaefer .... storyboard artist
Nate Smith .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Ian Boyd .... foley artist
Jeremy Grody .... sound re-recording mixer
Morgan Hobart .... boom operator
Matt Hovland .... adr mixer
Trevor Jolly .... sound supervisor
Tyler Stephens .... sound mixer
Michael Suarez .... adr recordist
Mark Allen .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tyan Bardon .... special effects technician
William Boggs .... special effects coordinator
Carly Sertic .... special effects foreman
Kai Shelton .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Tiberius Viris .... matte painter
William Boggs .... stunt coordinator
Jason Borger .... stunts
Kai Shelton .... stunt performer
Susan Spencer .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Barden .... best boy electric
Rod Blackhurst .... second unit director of photography
Chris 'Chalky' Chalk .... electrician
Chris Cunningham .... camera operator
Jim Dunn .... grip: second unit
Paul Fanning .... rigging gaffer
Brian Fleskes .... key grip
Kari Fouts .... additional second assistant camera
Desera Frentress .... lighting technician
Scott Patrick Green .... still photographer
Tim Jankowski .... jib operator
Shane Klum .... grip
Ryan Kunkleman .... digital imaging technician
Andrew McDowall .... first assistant camera
Brian Neubauer .... grip
John Nichols .... gaffer: second unit
Justin O'Shaughnessy .... first assistant camera: second unit
Efrem Peter .... gaffer
Eliza Plumlee .... second assistant camera
Bryan Seidel .... grip
Brian Shotzbarger .... grip
Mark Tomlinson .... best boy grip
Guy Wagner .... digital imaging technician
Max Walsdorf .... camera intern
Bryan 'fro' Waters .... grip
Greg Wick .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Heather Coker .... casting associate
Matthew Karchesky .... extras casting coordinator
Jarret LeMaster .... adr voice casting
Simon Max Hill .... casting: Oregon
Michael Testa .... casting: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Hines .... costumer
Emilea A. Rivera .... set costumer
Chapin Simpson .... costume supervisor
Brittany White .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Robert Dalva .... consulting editor
Anne-Marie Hess .... additional editing
Music Department
Susie Bench .... orchestrator
George Doering .... musician: guitars
Steve Erdody .... musician: cello solos
Patrick Henthorn .... folk tune consultant
Dominic Miller .... musician: featured guitar
Tom Strahle .... musician: additional guitar
David Walther .... musician: viola solos
Austin Wintory .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Victoria Mischa Austreng .... driver
Justin Durrie .... driver
Ryder Greene .... driver
Mark 'Sparky' Haleston .... driver
Gary Jackson .... transportation captain
Philip Krysl .... driver
Greg McVey .... production driver
Andrew Mott .... driver
David Norris .... transportation coordinator
Robert Platt .... driver
Tom Platt .... driver
Joe Soleberg .... driver: honeywagon
Sean Tichenor .... driver
Don Williams .... driver
Patsy Williams .... driver
Other crew
George Adams .... assistant production coordinator
Brian Amlin .... office production assistant
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
Rod Blackhurst .... assistant: second unit director
Windy Borman .... social media strategist
Brett Cranford .... production accountant
Brian David Culp .... assistant: director: LA
Tracy Cutts .... additional script supervisor
Ruth Du .... director's intern
Jesse Durell .... epk crew
Roger D. Faires .... location manager
Shayna Goldstein .... set teacher
Nicole Hawkins .... payroll accountant
Lauren Henry .... animal trainer
Kieran Henthorn .... accounting clerk
Krysta Kelley .... special craft service
Larry Larson .... caterer: head chef
Jimmy Leming .... caterer: assistant chef
Devan Linforth .... additional set production assistant
Rachel Lipsey .... craft service
Lauren Melink .... office intern
David Parson .... location assistant
Jenna Rae .... office production assistant
Bill Rowe .... office/set production assistant
Virginia Saenz McCarthy .... script supervisor
Taylor Saxon .... key medic
Taylor Saxon .... set medic
Lauren Selman .... environmental consultant
Roland Sonnenburg .... animal trainer
Kay Taylor .... additional script supervisor
Derek Wilson .... additional set production assistant
Ryan Windsor .... medic
Mary Cruse .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality/partial nudity
101 min
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Gus:The surface of the Earth is 30% land and 70% water. A new born baby is composed of 70% water and 30% everything else. I guess this means that life and water are inseparable. A human child at birth under goes a ritual almost identical to that inflicted upon the trout at death. The fish is whacked on the head, thus putting it out of its misery. The infant is whacked on the behind, thus initiating the end to its misery.
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
It is all about family, 20 November 2011
Author: John from United States

The majority of this movie was filmed on our family homestead in Western Oregon. The location is not mentioned, nor is the family, by request. However, this gives the story special meaning to the descendants or my Great Great Grandparents who homesteaded the valley.

It is interesting to see how people find meaning in life, events, and what is important in life. While this is not a story about our family, there are traits that replay in all people, and families.

If it does not help you understand yourself, it may help give you insight into those around you.

Obviously today the particular cabin in the movie is know to us as the River Why Cabin.

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