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Riverworld (2003)

Hale, an American astronaut dies and is reincarnated with other persons who have lived throughout all of human history and end up on a mysterious planet called 'Riverworld'. The humans are ... See full summary »


Kari Skogland


Philip Jose Farmer (based on the books written by), Stuart Hazeldine
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Johnson ... Jeff Hale
Karen Holness ... Mali
Emily Lloyd ... Alice Lidell Hargreaves
Jeremy Birchall Jeremy Birchall ... Lev Ruach
Kevin Smith ... Valdemar
Nikita Kearsley Nikita Kearsley ... Gwenafra
Brian Moore Brian Moore ... Monat
Cameron Daddo ... Samuel L. 'Sam' Clemens
Jonathan Cake ... Nero
Paolo Rotondo ... Flavius
Patrick Kake ... Tane
Colin Moy ... Langer
Lloyd Edwards Lloyd Edwards ... The Mysterious Stranger
Crawford Thomson Crawford Thomson ... Warrior
André Kovachevitch André Kovachevitch ... Guard #1 (as Andrew Kovacevich)


Hale, an American astronaut dies and is reincarnated with other persons who have lived throughout all of human history and end up on a mysterious planet called 'Riverworld'. The humans are left to their own devices and create tribal fiefdoms and succumb to brutal wars and raids. A mysterious race of hooded 'beings' oversee them - sometimes intervening, but their motives are unknown. Anyone who has ever lived and died on Earth comes here rather than 'the afterlife', even an extra-terrestrial call Monat, who had the unfortunate luck of dying on Planet earth in 2039. Hale leads a revolt and joins with others on a large boat to explore this mysterious new world. Written by stonegriffin

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Combines elements of several of the Riverworld novels. See more »


During the fight on the boat, after Nero is fatally stabbed, he has a hole in his shirt and dribbles blood down it, staining it. However, when he falls off the boat, his shirt appears clean and unpunctured. See more »


Monat: My name is Monat.
[other prisoners gasp]
Alice: What is it? What are you?
Monat: I am not human, as you can see, but neither am I dangerous, I assure you.
Jeff Hale: [to the others] It's all right.
[turns back to Monat]
Jeff Hale: Incredible.
Monat: I am from a star system your astronomers named Tau Ceti.
Jeff Hale: Yes, Tau Ceti. Are there other extraterrestrials here?
Monat: Alas, I am the only one.
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One of the worst adaptations I've ever seen
25 April 2003 | by richardvSee all my reviews

This was the most disappointing adaptations of a novel to film/video that I've ever seen. Most of the points that made the novel so interesting were completely changed or glossed over. While the movie was entertaining enough in its own right, it totally missed most of the essential points in Farmer's works. The fact that they tried to condense two novels ("To Your Scattered Bodies Go" & "The Fabulous Riverboat") into a two hour (with commercials!) production made it even worse.

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Release Date:

22 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mundo del río See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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1.78 : 1
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