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The River (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 January 1985 (USA)
A farming family battles severe storms, a bank is threatening to repossess their farm, and there are other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writers:

Robert Dillon (story), Robert Dillon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Tom Garvey
Sissy Spacek ... Mae Garvey
Shane Bailey Shane Bailey ... Lewis Garvey
Becky Jo Lynch Becky Jo Lynch ... Beth Garvey
Scott Glenn ... Joe Wade
Don Hood ... Senator Neiswinder
Billy Green Bush ... Harve Stanley
James Tolkan ... Howard Simpson
Bob W. Douglas Bob W. Douglas ... Hal Richardson
Andy Stahl ... Dave Birkin
Lisa Sloan Lisa Sloan ... Judy Birkin
Larry D. Ferrell Larry D. Ferrell ... Rod Tessley
Susie Toomey Susie Toomey ... Sally Tessley
Kelly Toomey Kelly Toomey ... Lisa Tessley
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Zemke (as Frank Taylor)
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Storyline

Tom and Mae Garvey are a hard working farming couple living with their two children on the east Tennessee farm owned by Tom's family for generations. They and many of their neighbors have hit hard times of late. A downturn in the economy has led to dwindling land prices. But the biggest problem of late has been that their crop land has been prone to flooding as the property is adjacent to a river. Manipulating the powers that be including a local senator and the local bank, Joe Wade, who also grew up in the area and now runs the local milling company that sets the local grain prices, is working behind the scenes to buy up the properties along the river for a song as he wants to build a dam which would flood the Garvey's and others riverfront properties. The dam would generate electricity, but more importantly for Joe it would provide irrigation opportunities for farm properties away from the river, such as his own. Tom already intensely dislikes Joe as he and Mae used to go together. ... Written by Huggo

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Plot Keywords:

farm | river | tennessee | flood | raincoat | See All (42) »

Taglines:

It will bring them together. It will tear them apart. It's where they'll make their stand. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A folyó See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawkins County, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,489,982
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The casting of Mel Gibson, according to Wikipedia, went as follows: "Mel Gibson begged (Mark) Rydell to let him play the Tennessee farmer, who reminded him of his (own) father, but the director was reluctant, because of Gibson's Australian accent. Before Gibson left for England to film The Bounty (1984), he begged Rydell not to cast the part yet. Rydell recalled, "He came back to my house in Los Angeles, and started reading the script, talking, reading the newspaper, in this perfect Tennessee accent. I was really impressed, even when he stood next to Sissy, who's like a tuning fork when it comes to accents, he had damn well done it." See more »

Goofs

When Mae and Beth are moving stuff upstairs at the beginning, you get a view into the kitchen. There is a Leutz Corp. calendar on the kitchen wall that has obviously been altered because the moths have visible white tape over them and the picture has been covered with another photo. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mae Garvey: Watch out, Tom! Beth, get in the truck! Tom! Are you hurt?
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Connections

Referenced in Casting By (2012) See more »

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The Fireman
Written by Mack Vickery and Wayne Kemp
Performed by George Strait
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
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still a relevant if not hard to watch film in these downtrodden times.
16 August 2011 | by greene515See all my reviews

Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek, are a young Farming family who battles not just the river of the title but also other matters such as the bank threatening to repossess their farm, and Scott Glenn plays a scrupulous land developer who plans to buy the farm to make way for a dam. together the family battles through the hard times in a desperate battle to hold on to their farm. Directed by Mark Rydell who directed such other fine American films 'The Reivers' 'The Rose' 'Harry & Walter go to New York' 'On Golden Pond' 'The River' is still a relevant if not hard to watch film in these downtrodden times. It also represents Mel Gibson at a time he was making quality fare. As usual Vilmos Zsigmond contributes terrific photography.


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