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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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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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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,027, 25 December 1984

Gross USA:

$11,489,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,489,982
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was the second major movie with the title "The River", the first being Jean Renoir's The River (1951). See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, the weather seems to go from hot to very cold. In the beginning scenes you see the Garveys out trying to shore up the levee on there land and you can see their breath. In another seen, Lewis is walking behind his fathers tractor (planting seeds and the tractor over heats scene) in what looks like a hot summer afternoon. Same with the scenes wear Tom goes to the steel mill for work and it's very cold out while back at the farm, Mrs Garvey is sweating on the tractor while spraying the corn. 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 »

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Featured in At the Movies: Dune/Starman/Mass Appeal/Runaway (1984) 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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The Bad Guy Was Right All Along
28 December 2016 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Mel Gibson movie in order, 8 come to his first American movie. 1984's The River.

Plot In A Paragraph: Tom and Mae Garvey (Gibson and Sissy Spceck) struggle to keep their farm from the bank, floods and from local financer Joe Wade (Scott Glenn) who wants to buy up all the land, dam a local river which floods and generate some new jobs.

The river was Gibson's first American movie, and he is fine, but is over shadowed by Spaceck and a strong supporting turn from Scott Glenn, who is effectively the movies villain, it is a funny movie as the "Bad Guy" is right all along and Gibson and Spaceck's characters should have listened to him!! He was talking good common sense!! And that's when you know it's a weird move!! If you are rooting for who is essentially the bad guy.

It's watchable, but that's about it.

The River grossed $11 million at the domestic box office to end the year the 72nd highest grossing movie of 1984.


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