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Where the Rivers Flow North (1994)

Rip Torn , Tantoo Cardinal , Jay Craven  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Bill Raymond, Mark Margolis, Michael J. Fox
  • Directors: Jay Craven
  • Writers: Jay Craven, Don Bredes, Howard Frank Mosher
  • Producers: Alan Davis, Bernd Schaefers, Bess O'Brien, Glenn Aveni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZR5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Where the Rivers Flow North" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A Legendary Yankee Log-Driver Settles In For A Long, Hard Fightwhen He & His Fiesty American Indian Mate Are Ordered Off Theirsoon-To-Be-Flooded Land By The Company Boss.

Customer Reviews

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 64 times, and counting August 2, 2003
By A Customer
I have seen this movie 64 times, and I plan on seeing it at least 1,000 times more. It has an awesome plot; the chemistry between the actors is absolutely amazing, and it has superb camera work.
I would recommend this movie to anyone seeking a quiet night in front of the television! It is a bit "slow" but the acting and plot make the time well spent.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair and believable November 21, 2006
By Bomojaz
Rip Torn plays a gritty old logger who just wants to keep his forest and trout streams in tact but is suddenly pitted against Michael J. Fox and a corporation that wants to build a big dam that will take them all away. The movie is commendable for not making the dam-builders horrible monsters and Torn the epitome of moral righteousness: the former want to bring modern services to remote areas and the latter is not an example of political correctness. Tantoo Cardinal plays Torn's wife, and she is perhaps the biggest asset in the movie; she is a spunky and sensitive actress. The storyline is a strong one (it's set during the 1920s), and the photography is stunning. Made on a tight budget, the production makes up for cut corners with sincerity of purpose. Pretty good movie, all around.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected. January 30, 2011
I picked this movie up for $3 someplace and didn't expect too much. Boy, was I surprised! The acting was superb, the writing and dialogue was exquisite. In fact, the movie was a 5 star movie in every way someone might rate a movie.
"Stunning," "Fantastic. A must see." "Magnificent." are all ways his movie is described. I agree.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing from the first moment to the last. August 30, 2010
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This movie is a love story between two mountain people who live off the land and "progress" attempts to drive them off it. The scenery shot in Vermont and New Hampshire is gorgeous. The performances were incredible. There is not a wasted word or scene in this movie. All are essential to understanding the lead characters and the flow of the story. You will be riveted to the television screen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
While this is one of my favorite movies and stories from my life, I might be a tad biased. I grew up in the kingdom and my heart will always be from there.
Before i go any further, lets just say, Amazon reviews suck. Virginia?
Are you on crack? Did your writers review anything? It's Vermont morons, not Virginia.
Frank Howard Moshers book was wonderful, as was Jay Cravens adaptation of the story.
Filmed where i grew up,the people I know in the movie were great. The story which rang true for many people when the power companies and or government needed right of way, destroyed their land, and lives.This is real life, sadly not fiction
I watched this movie at the Catamont theater in St.Johnsbury VT when it came out. You should own this and watch this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected yet academy material March 10, 2006
This movie was filmed in Vermont by moderate to successful actors filming for a Vermont Film maker.

The story is totally believable, the charators are believeable and it is a wonderful movie to just sit and watch on a Sunday afternoon.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where The Rivers Flow North February 1, 2010
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I bought this film based on a couple of reviews that rated it as 5 star. We found it a strech to get 3 stars. I love Michael J. Fox, but his character is really minor and his part was stiff and really added nothing to the plot. I think he was added to the cast strictly as name draw. Rip Torn did a fairly good job of what he was asked to do: play a stubborn old coot with nothing but a lease on some federal land to stand on. This is coupled with his inhospitable character's attitude, his desire to live a completely isolated life with his common law indian 'subserviant', less than equal companion, he did a good job. The maneuvers employed by the developers and the sheriff are sluggish and inept at conveying the importance of the project. Their actions are so amaturish as to be unbelievable. The script makes the project sound like some shady land grabbing dealings trying to oust a true nature loving native off of his birthright land, and that the the goal merely represents some big business pushing down little people. I think, after seeing the whole thing, it was an attempt to say progress is bad, especially if it seems to hurt even one single individual, no matter how wrong he or his motives prove to be. He was offerred 100 times what his 'occupancy' lease was worth. He was offerred to save a tremendous area as a preserve for generations. All while he actually had no ligitimate claim to any timber or other resources on the land. The fact that he, at the end, later destroys most of what he claimed he was protecting, exacerbates the situation and proves the plot senseless. Some good scenery, but mostly waiting for something significant to happen between the characters and or the plot. It didn't happen, it doesn't come together.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is a MUST SEE!! July 24, 2006
This film seems to be about as authentic as possible reflecting wilderness life near the turn of the century. Keeps you on the edge of your seat as the story developes with an ending that is unexpected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 2 months ago by jennie lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is very folksy, and the ending is not what I expected. However the story is very interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Wonderful characters and story . Love the fact that it was filmed in large part in VT in places I recognize !
Published 3 months ago by Paul Esterguard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Buy if the Actors are those you love from other movies, well acted out and worth the entertainment dollars, do purchase for you collection
Published 3 months ago by Raggedy Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Prejudices on the Derby Line and a logger's life
Beautifully written book on the French / American prejudices on both sides of the Derby line,
the competition for jobs, what true loggers went through. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joyce Derenas
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is one of those "little" movies you stumble across while browsing and discover it to be wonderful discovery. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Excellent acting, It made me laugh and cry. It`s about real life here in Vermont ! It has become my favorite movie.
Published 7 months ago by Raymond Peryea
4.0 out of 5 stars Good I think
I had a hard time understanding this movie. It just never made that much sense to me, but I had a hard time understanding what was said. Read more
Published 10 months ago by fonts
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
I think the topic is good for our current times and the actors were very good but I was disappointed with the sound quality and with the whole presentation of the story - could... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kathleen Henderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Where The Rivers Flow North
It wasn't no where near as good as I thought it would be. But then again each to their own. I probably wouldn't watch it a second time.
Published 13 months ago by M. Gaudette
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