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A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | | Drama | 30 October 1992 (USA)
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The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Norman Maclean
... Paul Maclean
... Rev. Maclean
... Mrs. Maclean
... Jessie Burns
... Mrs. Burns
... Neal Burns
Vann Gravage ... Young Paul
Nicole Burdette ... Mabel
... Rawhide
... Chub
... Conroy
Buck Simmonds ... Humph
Fred Oakland ... Mr. Burns
David Creamer ... Ken Burns
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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. Written by Jwelch5742

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The Story of an American Family.

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Rated PG for momentary nudity, and some language in a family drama | See all certifications »

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30 October 1992 (USA)  »

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$43,440,294
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Trivia

The bottle of whiskey served to Paul and Ol' Rawhide in Black Jack's bars has the numbers 3-7-77 on the bottle. 3-7-77 was the symbol used by the Montana Vigilantes (Vigilance Committee) in Virginia City, Montana. People who found the numbers '3-7-77' painted on their tent or cabin knew that they had better leave the area or expect to be on the receiving end of vigilante justice. See more »

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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 »

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Older Norman: [narrating] 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."
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The scenes on the Blackfoot River were actually shot on the Madison and other rivers around the Bozeman and Livingston areas. The "Big Blackfoot" has already become too polluted and populated to provide the image the scene required. See more »

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Referenced in The Magic School Bus: Gets Ants in Its Pants (1994) See more »

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Bye Bye Blackbird
Performed by Prudence Johnson
Written by Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson
Warner Bros., Inc. / Olde Clover Leaf Music Co., Roy Henderson Music Co. / Bienstock Publishing Co.,
on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd.
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The 'It' of the title can be replaced by so many things. A place, a community or life itself.
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One of the things about the film that warmed my heart strings was that dry fly fishing was a major part of the scene. I have occasionally carried out my times of dry fly fishing, having tied my own flies, and being accompanied by my brother and my father we spend a day on one river or another seeking to tempt the ever elusive Brown Trout to rise and take the fly that has been offered to them.

When we had occasions like this any differences between us disappeared and any of the pressures of the world melted away to be replaced by the glory of being absorbed in the activity and the surroundings of the place we were in.

This was one of the amazing things that was portrayed to me in the film as the minister and his two sons, Norman and Pauly carried out the ritual. For there is something ritualistic about fly fishing as there is something ritualistic about so many pastimes. You can't just start casting your fishing line and hope for the best. You have to attune yourself to the place you are in, you have to scan the surface of the water considering how it is flowing and where the best point might be to place your fly and, depending on your skill level, you might even get your fly to land there long enough for a fish to take note of it and strike. The 'Art of Fly-fishing' was directed and represented so well that they themselves can be classified as artists.

The title for the film could not be more aptly chosen, for the river did in fact run through the life of father and two sons. This film however spreads itself broader than the family and community in Montana, by the the Blackfoot river, where the film is played out. It has the capacity to draw you in, to enthrall you, to capture you, as the history of the family, community and period is unfolded. The Story told is not just a family history, but a history of Life. What may be classified as a 'River of Life'


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