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A River Runs Through It PG

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 23, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English, French
    • Mono - Spanish, Portugese
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish, Portuguese - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailers:
      1. SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET
      2. THE DEVIL'S OWN
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
  • Text-/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Talent Files: Robert Redford, Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Lloyd, and Tom Skerritt

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1992 - Best Cinematography: Phillippe Rousselot

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh80%

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Total Count: 45

Upright83%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 67,792
Rating: 3/5 -- Moving, powerful movie of two brothers. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 22, 2010
Redford remains a fine director of actors. With Brad Pitt, who gives a particularly good performance, he is dealing moreover with an actor whose handsomeness is reminiscent of his own at that age. Full Review
Independent (UK)
Nov 15, 2017
The film is blighted by an inability to break free from its source. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 23, 2018
...Poetic, elegiac....The movie was shot on locations that suggest the bounty of the Western states in those days...
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 9, 1992
Redford's heartfelt yet unfulfilled film feels more watered-down than haunting. Full Review
Hartford Courant
May 29, 2018
Redford directs with a fluid grace... to capture the idyllic, light-drenched aura of Maclean's early childhood memories. Even the seemingly unexciting fly-fishing sequences take on a magical air worthy of Spielberg. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Oct 10, 2018
A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story. Full Review
Variety
Nov 8, 2007

Product Description:

Fly-fishing figures prominently in this poignant tale of two brothers growing up in Montana in the early 20th century under the stern rule of their minister father. While both boys rebel, Norman (Craig Sheffer) channels his rebellion into writing, but Paul (Brad Pitt) descends onto a slippery path of self-destruction. The beautiful scenery of Montana is used to full effect with the awesome cinematography of Philippe Rousselot. Directed by Robert Redford, this adaptation of Norman Maclean's classic autobiography also features Tom Skerritt and Brenda Blethyn as the Reverend and Mrs. Maclean.

Plot Synopsis:

An adaptation of Norman Maclean's much-loved autobiographical novella about fly-fishing and familial relations, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT is set in the pristine Montana wilderness of the early 20th century. The story traces the relationship between two brothers growing up in an emotionally constricted household headed by a Presbyterian minister. The scholarly Norman (Craig Sheffer) follows in the footsteps of his stern, stoic father, going to college, marrying, and settling down. His brother, Paul (Brad Pitt)--daring, handsome, and athletic--chooses the more glamorous career of newspaper journalist. These two very different brothers are brought together through the years by a mutual love of fly-fishing instilled in them by their unyielding father. As Norman watches his brother's seemingly charmed life dissolve under the influences of gambling and alcohol, the art of fly-fishing becomes a poignant metaphor for the love their father was unable to express in any other way. Robert Redford (ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE HORSE WHISPERER) directs a first-rate cast including Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd in this subtle yet poignant portrait of a family in the early 1900s.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: October 1992.
  • Shot on Seeley Lake, near Missoula, Montana. The film could not be made on the Big Blackfoot River, where the story was set, due to environmental damage.
  • The novella A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1976. Work began on the script for the film in 1988.
  • Many filmmakers had already tried to option the novella, written by Norman Maclean, a University of Chicago professor and three-time award winner for excellence in teaching. He allowed Robert Redford to make the book into a movie on the condition that he would maintain Maclean's focus on fly-fishing.
  • "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing."--Norman Maclean (Robert Redford, narrating)
  • "If our father had had his say, nobody who did not know how to fish would be allowed to disgrace a fish by catching him."--Norman Maclean (Robert Redford, narrating)
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 54,536
  • UPC: 043396039339
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