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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 »

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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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Warmth of Your Love
Written and Performed by the Horseflies
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A fantastic film
11 May 2005 | by ghenrikson-1See all my reviews

I'm not sure how the IMDb "weighted average" came up with such a low rating on this film. It is in my opinion and by all other accounts an overlooked gem of a movie. Rip Torn is fantastic as the stubborn Noel Lord, and Tantoo Cardinal superlative as his housemate. Torn and Cardinal are both underrated actors who are finally given a stage to work their craft on.

Their relationship isn't always pleasant, but it's very real. This is NOT the "humerous and touching love story" it's billed as on the DVD jacket. In the end it is a tragedy. Lord simply aims too high and ignores all the advice to take the money offered by the power company to move.

The music is fantastic, as are the period sets.


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