The River [HD DVD]
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The onscreen chemistry between Spacek and Gibson underscores the uncomfortable aura of the marriage in the movie. There's something strange about the couple, something that just doesn't click; a feeling of looming doom regarding their relationship. Scott Glenn's character does not help the uneasy tension.
The movie has a lot to do with the 1980's recession that is plaguing farms throughout the state of Tennessee, not to mention the constant flooding of the river that is threatening to wash away everything that the farmers worked hard for. The movie was very realistic and I could easily watch it a thousand times over. 5 stars all the way!
"The River" tackles a very worth topic - the farming crisis of the 1980s, when many small farmers lost their land for a variety of economic reasons. However, it also tries to address unions, scab workers, and several other social issues. By doing so, the message of the film ends up being a bit jumbled. There also are several unbelievable scenes; in particular, there are several scenes where a crowd reacts in unison, all set to swelling music.
Some viewers are likely to find Gibson's character overly stubborn and aloof. I didn't have a negative reaction to him; he's meant to represent, I think, the many quiet men who fight for their families. These kind of men, though, often are very emotionally expressive, which can make watching them onscreen rather frustrating. I found Scott Glenn's character more problematic. He is supposed to be the villain, but he starts off far too nice before taking a nasty (and abrupt) turn very late in the picture. Fortunately, Sissy Spacek's character is much more fully rounded, and she gives a very good performance. Her performance makes the movie (barely) worth a look.
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Really fine film. Solid acting, good story, full of drama. Sissy Spacek does her usual great performance and Mr. Gibson is also very good. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Murray
Awesome movie! Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek are awesome in this movie. It shows the honesty and determination of an American farmer to keep pursuing his farming. Great movie!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jo Ann
Has special meaning for me because a lot of it was filmed in the county I grew up in and I knew a lot of the people in it.Published 8 months ago by Kathy Graham
A very touching movie about standing strong for what you believe in!Published 8 months ago by Michele Ray
This is a great movie, and was filmed right near where I live in Church Hill, Tennessee.Published 8 months ago by Patricia L Fink
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