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This emotionally-charged film celebrates the triumph of a young rural couple as they face nature's greatest ravages, the threat of poverty and a wrenching separation. Sissy Spacek, Mel Gibson and Scott Glenn star in this moving tribute to love, faith, determination and the vanishing America of the independent farm family. Tom and Mae Garvey (Gibson and Spacek) are struggling to keep their homestead safe from the local power authority who wants to flood their land. When Mae's former beau, John Wade (Glenn), turns out to be in charge of the plan to acquire the property, tensions run high, climaxing in a devastating confrontation on the flooded river banks. Directed by On Golden Pond's Mark Rydell, The River features magnificent location photography by Vilmos Zsigmond and an outstanding score by John Williams.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Kathy Graham
A very touching movie about standing strong for what you believe in!Published 3 months ago by Mike Ray
This is a great movie, and was filmed right near where I live in Church Hill, Tennessee.Published 3 months ago by Patricia L Fink
This film portrays the powerful struggles that alot of independent farmers, face. That being, corporate take over or buy-out's which fazes out the livelihood of a farmer and their... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nina
I give it two stars only because it has Med Gibson in it. But they didn't really let him act. Just working hard and being miserable watching his wife flirt with his enemy doesn't... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Margaret K.
THE MOVIE IS VERY GOOD ,HOWEVER I DID NOT ORDER BLUE-RAY,WHICH WILL NOT PLAY ON ALL MACHINES AND HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO RETURN IT.FOR ANOTHER.Published 6 months ago by susan