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The River Within (2009)

TV-G | | Drama, Family | 11 September 2009 (USA)
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Jason returns home to study for the bar exam, but instead finds that his purpose in life was not what he'd originally thought.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jason (as Josh Lauri)
Craig Luttrell ... Paul
Jaclyn Friedlander ... Layla
Craig Morris ... Pastor David
... Marcus
... Mr. Blayton
... Michael
Lydia Ditto ... Melinda
Natalie Smith ... Nicole
... Cindy
Sarah Hill ... Amanda the Waitress
Staci Harmon ... Alli
... Alli's Mom
Andrew Webb ... Justice
Harold Williams ... Mr. Collins


Jason returns home to get away while he studies for the upcoming bar exam. After visiting his oldest friend, a "coulda-been-girlfriend" who is now engaged, and a pushy preacher, his easygoing summer becomes filled with unwanted drama. Over the few months he's there, he begins to question what life is about, and what is his purpose in it? Written by Barley

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One man's journey back will change his life forever. See more »


Drama | Family




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Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The River  »

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Box Office


$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,810, 3 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,810, 3 April 2009
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


On its opening weekend, "The River Within" was, per screen, the #5 movie in the United States. During the first week's run, the film was the highest grossing movie ever in the theater it opened in, even beating out The Dark Knight (2008). See more »


When David opens the door to his house to let Jason in, you can see the boom mic in the glass reflection. See more »


Amanda: So, what's her name?
Jason: No, it's nothing like that. In fact, it's kind of the opposite of that.
Amanda: Oh!
Jason: Oh no. Not like the opposite opposite. I mean like the opposite, different. I don't know what I mean.
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Crazy Credits

Many of the people credited in the film are listed twice using their middle and maiden names. This was done to make the crew look "bigger!" See more »


Let's Get Country
Lyrics and Music by Lance McDaniel
Performed and Produced by The Chase Buchanan Band
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