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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.

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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) »

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How many battles can one man lose and still be a man... [Theatrical Australia] See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second American Hollywood movie starring Mel Gibson. The first had been The Bounty (1984). 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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Alternate Versions

The BBFC cut the original UK cinema release by 10 seconds. Later home video releases were upgraded to 15 and passed with the cuts restored. See more »


Soundtracks

Rock-A-Billy
Performed by Bellamy Brothers
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
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stubborn obsession
12 October 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Tom (Mel Gibson) and Mae Garvey (Sissy Spacek) struggle to keep their farm afloat after a devastating flood. Joe Wade (Scott Glenn) has a scheme to build a dam to bring water to his land. To do it, he would need to buy out all the farmers including the Garveys. Tom needs a loan but Joe Wade has lined up the bank and political backers against them.

It is the little guy struggling against the big guy. It is also about Tom's single-mindedness. Tom is not necessarily a sympathetic guy. He is stubborn beyond reason. He has a mean streak in him. This makes the simplistic movie structure of small-guy-makes-good not so simplistic. Sissy Spacek is able to soften him image somewhat. There are a couple of great scenes in the mix. The auction scene is the most memorable and heart breaking. The faces in the crowd says it all. The other is the strike. The ending of which is another great scene for a different reason. This starts out yet another small farmer struggle movie. In fact, it's the last of three big such releases of that year. It turns into a man obsessed against the river.


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