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Black River (2001)

A writer visits a town that isn't what it appears to be.

Director:

Jeff Bleckner

Writers:

Daniel Taplitz (teleplay), Dean R. Koontz (novel) (as Dean Koontz)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Mohr ... Boyd 'Bo' Aikens
Lisa Edelstein ... Laura Crosby
Ann Cusack ... Mandy Pruell
Ron Canada ... Chief Salks
Bill Dow ... Thomas Pinkwater
Scott Hylands ... Richard Crunch
Dion Luther ... Charts
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mayor Tom Thompson
Patricia Drake Patricia Drake ... Nancy Larshak
Ty Olsson ... Frank Yarley
Robert Moloney ... Sculptor
Betty Linde ... Elderly Woman
Frank C. Turner ... Farmer
Susan Bain Susan Bain ... Frannie Fineman
Fulvio Cecere ... Cop
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A writer visits a town that isn't what it appears to be.

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Rated PG for some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Goofs

The twin babies in the first diner scene are clearly toy dolls. See more »

Quotes

Laura Crosby: What're you doing here? I thought you were leaving early this morning.
Boyd 'Bo' Aikens: I'm having a little trouble getting out of town.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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I`ve Seen This In THE X-FILES
22 September 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Is there some type of written rule in American TVMs ( And for the sake of argument I class this as a TVM - not a mini series ) that there must be a tear jerking scene included ? I`m just curious because BLACK RIVER opens with a man called Bo Aikens burying his dog and boy is the sentiment laid on with a trowel . Am I supposed to empathise with Bo because his dog died ? Well I don`t and even if I did any sympathy I might have had for him would have disappeared a few minutes later when he confesses he worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood , lived in a big house with his beautiful wife with a big car parked in a big garage , but decided to give it all up because he wanted to be taken seriously as a writer . So let`s see now , he was working as a Hollywood screenwriter ( And getting big bucks for doing so ) and gave it all up because he wasn`t getting enough critical acclaim ! In other words he`s a schmuck and deserves everything that comes his way in my opinion .

I`ve heard the name Dean Koontz but have never read any of his novels and couldn`t tell you anything about the author and it wasn`t untill I looked up his profile on this site that I found he was American born . Watching BLACK RIVER I wouldn`t have believed it because the American stereotypes of middle America in general and Black River in particular seem somewhat overplayed with American pie hospitality and the occasional redneck scumbag in a premise that would have probably worked better as an episode of THE X-FILES. In fact I`ve seen this type of story umpteen times in that show


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Language:

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Release Date:

6 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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