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The River King (2005)

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Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after ... See full summary »

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Nick Willing

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Alice Hoffman (novel), David Kane (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Burns ... Abel Grey
Jennifer Ehle ... Betsy Chase
Thomas Gibson ... August 'Gus' Pierce
John Kapelos ... Joey Tosh
Jamie Thomas King ... Harry McKenna (as Jamie King)
Rachelle Lefevre ... Carlin Leander
Bruce Murphy Bruce Murphy ... Joey's Son
David Gibson McLean David Gibson McLean ... Young Abel (as David Maclean)
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Eric Herman
Ross Petty Ross Petty ... The Dean
David Christoffel David Christoffel ... Matt Farris
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Police Chief
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Walter Pierce
Jonathan Malen ... Nathaniel Gibb
Jeff A. Wright Jeff A. Wright ... Robbie (as Jeff Wright)
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Storyline

Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was being badly bullied, Abel suspects that a dangerous schoolboy initiation has gone horribly wrong and he secretly solicits the help of a sympathetic teacher, Betsy. He is warned off the investigation by his boss, as the school is a generous benefactor to the Police benevolent fund. Abel, however, cannot let the case go, not only because his own brother committed suicide years before, but also it seems that the spirit of the dead boy is leaving them clues as to what really happened that night. Written by CaptainStigmata

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It's the truth that haunts us


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo el hielo See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the film, Abel's father, Ernest, recalls how Abel's brother had hugged him the day that he committed suicide. Ernest then remarks that he found it strange because it wasn't Frank's way. This dialogue is taken directly from a scene where Abel is talking to his mother rather than his father. See more »

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After pulling Gus' body from the river, Abel and Joey's boots and pants are perfectly dry. It would've been impossible for them to pull the body from the river without at least getting their boots and pant legs wet. See more »

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[first lines]
Joey Tosh: Get in there!
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Blue Melody
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A Fast-Paced and Well-Acted Mystery.
25 January 2006 | by tarbosh22000See all my reviews

"The River King" is a well-acted mystery. Edward Burns plays detective Abel Grey. He finds a body in the river and it's one of the students of the Hadden School, an exclusive college. Everybody Abel talks to, says it's suicide, but Abel has his suspicions. He also has to fight his personal demons that are intruding on the investigation.

Edward Burns puts in a really good performance. You care about his character. You definitely want to find out how the mystery ends. It looks great and the music is different too. The only thing I didn't get was the character of Betsy Chase. (Jennifer Ehle) She was not necessary to the movie.

It is odd that a film of this high quality went straight to video. Don't be fooled by that though. It's a film that's worth watching.

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