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River Red (1998)

R | | Drama | 6 November 1998 (USA)
Dave, a young man, kills his alcoholic father to end the cycle of violence in the house. But when his little brother Tom confesses to the murder and goes to jail, Dave turns to petty crime to pay the bills.


Eric Drilling


Eric Drilling




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Everett Scott ... Dave Holden
David Moscow ... Tom Holden
Cara Buono ... Rachel
David Lowery David Lowery ... Billy
Denis O'Hare ... Father
Michael Kelly ... Frankie
Leo Burmester ... Judge Perkins
Tibor Feldman ... Dr. Harry Fields
James Murtaugh ... Chief Bascomb
Michael Angarano ... Young Tom
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Young Dave
Ted Travelstead ... Gas Attendant
Marcia DeBonis ... Sara
Chris Cantwell Chris Cantwell ... Mr. Taylor (as Christopher Cantwell)
Andrew Van Dusen Andrew Van Dusen ... Convenience Store Clerk


A young man (Tom Everett Scott) is placed in the position of having to kill his drunken, abusive father (Denis O'Hare) to protect his younger brother (David Moscow). Realizing that the younger brother will get off easier, he admits to the crime and goes to jail. Meanwhile the older brother finds his family deep in debt and he is unable to pay enough from his job as a dishwasher and selling wood. Thus he sets off on a series of robberies of convenience stores in adjoining towns. Back home, he tells everyone that he has come into a mild inheritance. However, he is racked with guilt and has trouble with a budding relationship because of this dark secret. The film's focus is on his struggle to determine his correct path. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Tom Everett Scott is married to actress Jenni Gallagher who appears in this movie as "Denise". The two were college sweethearts. Before they were married, Jenni also had an uncredited roll as an extra in "That Thing You Do" (1996) also starring Scott. See more »

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After the final credits, young Tom and Dave are shown going into a tent and zipping themselves in. See more »

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Dark, disturbing family portrait
1 May 2003 | by jakasperSee all my reviews

This movie has been playing on the Independent Film Channel lately, and it caught my attention. Tom Everett Scott and David Moscow are very convincing as brothers caught up in an abusive family relationship. I have seen Tom Everett Scott in other movies like "That Thing You Do!" which was much more lighthearted and fun. The expressions on his face and his actions in this film made me very uneasy. As another reviewer mentioned, I have never seen a person chop as much wood as he did in this film! A good metaphor for all the rage he was feeling. Being an animal lover, I was very disturbed with what Tom's character did with the family dog. But I think it fit in with how warped his character was. The music was an undercurrent running through the film, just as the water or lake played a part as well. A creepy, dark film about dysfunctional people.

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6 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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$2,197, 15 November 1998

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