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Where the Rivers Flow North (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 March 1994 (USA)
In 1927, in Kingdom County, Vermont, a large dam is to be built, however, Noel Lord, a logger and cedar-oil harvester, won't give up his lifetime lease on land that will be flooded. The dam... See full summary »

Director:

Jay Craven

Writers:

Howard Frank Mosher (novel), Don Bredes | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rip Torn ... Noel Lord
Tantoo Cardinal ... Bangor
Bill Raymond ... Wayne Quinn
Mark Margolis ... New York Money
Michael J. Fox ... Clayton Farnsworth
George Woodard ... Mitchell
Yusef Bulos ... Armand
John Griesemer John Griesemer ... Henry Coville
Jeri Lynn Cohen Jeri Lynn Cohen ... Madame Bessie
Treat Williams ... Champ's Manager
Amy Wright ... Loose Woman
Rusty De Wees Rusty De Wees ... The Champ
Dennis Mientka Dennis Mientka ... Sheriff LaFontaine
John Rothman ... The Lawyer
Sam Lloyd Sr. Sam Lloyd Sr. ... The Judge
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Storyline

In 1927, in Kingdom County, Vermont, a large dam is to be built, however, Noel Lord, a logger and cedar-oil harvester, won't give up his lifetime lease on land that will be flooded. The dam company increases its offer of cash, but Noel refuses. He asks for a trade: a stand of pines for his lease. The company rejects that deal, but offers to make Noel a Ranger in a new park. Noel, meanwhile, talks with his Indian mate, the spirited Bangor, about their moving to Oregon and buying a saw mill. She wants him to take the company's money, but he's pig-headed. Is Noel headed for confrontation with the company and the law, or can Bangor prevail to affect a truce? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a sexual reference | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Am Ende des großen Traums See more »

Filming Locations:

New Hampshire, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$595,505
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Caledonia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Town
Written and Performed by the Horseflies
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A magnificently textured and sublimely performed portrait of rural life in 1920's Vermont.
18 November 1998 | by mick-30See all my reviews

Jay Craven's criminally ignored film is a sober breath of fresh air in the generally narcissistic and derivative world of independent film. First off, the photography is pure aesthetic pleasure, capturing all of the gloomy beauty of Northern New England in late autumn (Cinematographer Paul Ryan did 2nd Unit on Malick's Days of Heaven). Second, the performances are uniformly excellent - Rip Torn's Noel Lourdes is irascibly charming and Tantoo Cardinal's Bangor is at once sensitive and exuberant, to say nothing of a fine supporting cast. Overall though, it is a tribute to the narrative strength of the film that the story maintains a strong and lively pace while still unfolding in its own time, and the film comes to a conclusion, natural and genuine, that nevertheless does not seem expected. This is one of the rare cells of dignity in the independent film world, a film that explores a small piece of the intersection between humans and history.


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