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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 »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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An epic love story of today See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

There was a seven year gap between directing jobs for Mark Rydell, whose next film was For the Boys (1991). 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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Dune/Starman/Mass Appeal/Runaway (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fireman
Written by Mack Vickery and Wayne Kemp
Performed by George Strait
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
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Maltin's summary is off base
24 July 1999 | by MovieFan-48See all my reviews

I recently rented this movie because I'm a Mel Gibson fan, but before I did, I read over the review by Leonard Maltin on these pages and found that his comment "but Gibson's character is so coldly stubborn that it's hard to empathize" regarding the character Tom Garvey was pretty harsh.

This is not a man so stubborn you cannot empathize with him in the least. Harrison Ford's character in Mosquito Coast was such a man, but this guy is a good man trying to do what's right for himself and for his family and I didn't see him as cold either. Again, look to Mosquito Coast if you're looking for a father who's cold, TOO stubborn and unloving.

If you want to see a good movie about farmers facing adversity from the weather and from their "neighbors" this is a good one to rent. Justly nominated for cinematography, it's a very pretty movie, although I'd have liked to see it on the big screen to get the full effects of the river shots. Sissy Spacek was of course excellent as well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The River 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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