Carly Simon: Let the River Run (1989)

Official music video of Let the River Run by Carly Simon.




Credited cast:
Carly Simon ... Carly Simon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Bosco ... Oren Trask (archive footage)
Joan Cusack ... Joan Cusack
Melanie Griffith ... Melanie Griffith


Official music video of Let the River Run by Carly Simon.

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A triumphal video and song
28 March 2020 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

This uplifting song from the soundtrack of "Working Girl" (1988) brought Carly Simon a Golden Globe and an Oscar as original song in the year the music video was released, all deserving despite the heavy competition that year on both awards that anyone winning I'd be okay with the fact. However, its position on the music charts everwhere was a main factor to provide a music video for "Let the River Run" which combines scenes from the film starring Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith along with Simon performing the song on a ferry to New York with her group and the presence of cast members Griffith and Joan Cusack, playing the characters from the movie interacting with the singer. A similar concept was used in a Thompson Twins clip from the "Nothing in Common" soundtrack but here it was far more developed since it extends more on-screen partnership between actors and a singer.

The downer note goes for the excessive ammount of clips from the movie. It goes interestingly as a film trailer but for those know the movie by word of mouth or actually seen the film, it's previous obvious that we are seeing far too much from the movie, getting too much information even though no words are spoken except the ones sung by Carly Simon, but there are spoilers when we see that the clips follow the story pretty closely and one can get the notion on how it ends - it can ruin the view of the movie, for those who are most demanding in wanting to see it without knowing so much about it.

It gets an extremely positive vote for me for its ideas, which manage to sell both film and its theme song; another great moment of triumph for Simon and Mike Nichols, whose previous collaboration were in "Coming Around Again", composed for his under appreacited film "Heartburn". It's one of the best music videos of its kind, the soundtrack genre, which got wider and more inspired in the following decade . 9/10

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