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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Garvey
... Mae Garvey
Shane Bailey ... Lewis Garvey
Becky Jo Lynch ... Beth Garvey
... Joe Wade
... Senator Neiswinder
... Harve Stanley
... Howard Simpson
Bob W. Douglas ... Hal Richardson
... Dave Birkin
Lisa Sloan ... Judy Birkin
Larry D. Ferrell ... Rod Tessley
Susie Toomey ... Sally Tessley
Kelly Toomey ... Lisa Tessley
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Zemke (as Frank Taylor)
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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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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 »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,489,982
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An aerial location reconnaissance scout was sent to survey the following U.S. states prior to production: Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennyslvania, West Virginia, and South Carolina. The successful places where filming was selected, were Birmingham, Alabama, and East Tennessee. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Mae Garvey: Watch out, Tom! Beth, get in the truck! Tom! Are you hurt?
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A Little Heaven's Rubbing Off On Me
Performed by George Strait
Courtesy of MCA Recordings, Inc.
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stubborn obsession
12 October 2014 | by See 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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