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The River 

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The crew of a research vessel are on a quest to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Bruce Greenwood ...  Dr. Emmet Cole 8 episodes, 2012
Joe Anderson ...  Lincoln Cole 8 episodes, 2012
Leslie Hope ...  Tess Cole 8 episodes, 2012
Eloise Mumford ...  Lena Landry 8 episodes, 2012
Paul Blackthorne ...  Clark Quietly 8 episodes, 2012
Thomas Kretschmann ...  Captain Kurt Brynildson 8 episodes, 2012
Daniel Zacapa ...  Emilio Valenzuela 8 episodes, 2012
Shaun Parkes ...  Andreus Jude 'A.J.' Poulain / ... 8 episodes, 2012
Paulina Gaitan ...  Jahel Valenzuela 8 episodes, 2012
Scott Michael Foster ...  Jonas Beckett 5 episodes, 2012
Katie Featherston ...  Rosetta 'Rabbit' Fischer 3 episodes, 2012
Lee Tergesen ...  Russ Landry 2 episodes, 2012
Corben Turner ...  Lincoln at 8 Years / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Jeff Galfer ...  Sammy Kirsch 2 episodes, 2012
Taylor Mras Taylor Mras ...  Young Lena 2 episodes, 2012
Jose Pablo Cantillo ...  Manny Centeno 2 episodes, 2012


'The River' follows the expedition of a crew as they search for an explorer who has been gone missing along the Amazon River. They encounter many strange and, at times, haunting challenges along the way in their increasingly desperate attempt to locate him.

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There's magic out there...


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Release Date:

7 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A folyó See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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An Underrated Gem of the Television World
28 March 2013 | by slayerjmk95See all my reviews

In 2012, a new TV show aired on ABC called "The River;" amongst the constant release of "found-footage" horror films, or those mixed with traditional film, it seemed only fitting that a television series be made too, since these movies were so popular. Sadly, "The River" was canceled after only 8 episodes, and in these 8 episodes (produced by legend Steven Spielberg) we were introduced to a place where everything we know is wrong. "The River" is centered around an expedition into the Amazon, where TV show host, role model, and father Emmett Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went missing after his 22-year of the Undiscovered Country, a TV series that involved him and his family traversing the wild. Lincoln (Joe Anderson), his mother Tess (Leslie Hope) and some of the old crew of the Undiscovered Country then begin searching for Emmett, who's last position was on the Boiuna, a part of the Amazon that mysteriously vanishes into dense forest.

"The River" is easily one of the most entertaining, thrilling television shows ever made, as its strong cast, great visuals, sleek directing and creativity create an engrossing atmosphere and characters that you love and ones you love to hate. I have no clue why this was canceled because there was so much potential for this show to be something extraordinarily great; a cross between Lost and Prometheus, except Prometheus is getting a sequel. Now, I would recommend this show to everyone because it is something truly different, and full of cerebral scares (and a few jump scares), but because of the way it's filmed I cannot; some people can't handle the "found-footage" angles and shots. But those willing to watch, mainly those who love sci-fi/mystery/horror, will not be sorry. Hopefully someone can get the guys at ABC or whoever to use Kickstarter to bring back The River.

9/10 Stars

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