The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.
When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.
Innocent rodeo cowboy Bo falls in love with cafe singer Cherie in Phoenix. She tries to run away to Los Angeles but he finds her and forces her to board the bus to his home in Montana. When the bus stops at Grace's Diner the passengers learn that the road ahead is blocked. By now everyone knows of the kidnapping, but Bo is determined to have Cherie.Written by
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As a thirtysomething, this film arrived at least 15 years before I did. In this day and age, the shenanigans pulled by Don Murray's character would land him in jail practically before the opening credits finished up. With that said, the first thing one must accept before seeing this film is that it's a film from almost 50 years ago, and things were different then.
Still, though, it's hard for me to imagine audiences even back in 1956 thinking that Don's character ("Bo" the chauvinistic cowboy) was humorous. As Cherry, or Sherri, or Share-REE, Marilyn's character is humiliated, kidnapped, mistreated and whatever else by Bo. It is played for laughs, but unlike the John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara films that employed this routine, nothing here clicks. Bo is an extremely unlikable character right up to the Hollywood ending (which didn't help the believability film any either). Marilyn is fine, but can only go so far in trying to save the film. The few moments she's given to show her comedy skills are overshadowed by Don's irritations. The single funniest line of the film is given by the bus driver in the snow, but by then this film's pretty much a lost cause.
I gave this film a "5". That's one point for the scene in the snow near the end, two points for Marilyn, one point for some well-executed rodeo scenes, and one point for the DVD extras.
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