The Maclean brothers, Paul and Norman, live a relatively idyllic life in rural Montana, spending much of their time fly fishing. The sons of a minister, the boys eventually part company when Norman moves east to attend college, leaving his rebellious brother to find trouble back home. When Norman finally returns, the siblings resume their fishing outings, and assess both where they've been and where they're going.
The Story of an American Family.
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Joseph Gordon Levitt film debut, he plays young Norman in the beginning of the film. See more
The brim of Norman's hat changes shape several times while fishing with Paul after his return to Montana. The reels also change on his fly rod. See more
Long ago, when I was a young man, my father said to me, "Norman, you like to write stories." And I said "Yes, I do." Then he said, "Someday, when you're ready you might tell our family story. Only then will you understand what happened and why."
No fish were killed or injured during the making of A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. The producers would like to point out that, although the Macleans kept their catch as was common earlier in this century, enlightened fisherman today endorse a "catch and release" policy to assure that this priceless resource swims free to fight another day. Good fishing. See more
The US DVD has different composer credits for the widescreen/pan & scan version. The widescreen version lists Elmer Bernstein
(whose score was rejected) while the pan & scan version lists 'Mark Isham' (who replaced Bernstein). See more
Written by Ray Gilbert
and Kid Ory
(as Edward 'Kid' Ory)
George Simon Music Co. / Janiero Music Co. See more