Where the Rivers Flow North
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The cast is absolutely superb -- especially Rip Torn and Tantoo Cardinal. Torn throws himself into what could be the finest role of his career with such totality that he BECOMES Noel Lord, the fiercely independent former lumberjack who is the center of this story. Tantoo Cardinal's portrayal of Lord's live-in housekeeper/common-law wife is dead-on as well. I'm both amazed and disappointed that neither of them were nominated for Oscars when this film was released -- I suppose it was overlooked among all of the 'blockbusters' that year, which is a real shame. Performances of this calibre should be acknowledged. The only character that's a little hard to swallow for me is the power company executive played by Michael J. Fox -- Fox is a good actor in his own right, but he just looks too much like a kid in this role. I guess there's a curse attached to youthful looks, no matter how much people want them.
The score by the Horseflies is also first rate -- it fits the mood and scenery perfectly.
Craven has done a nice job here in bringing the character of early 20th century Vermont to the screen -- locations, angles, sets, all combine to transport the viewer to the time and place of the story.
And the story itself...? One of the most compelling portrayals of the fiercely independent American pioneer spirit ever -- a trait that is on the wane in this day and age. When it appears in modern times, the person is often looked upon with suspicion and disdain.Read more ›
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.
"Stunning," "Fantastic. A must see." "Magnificent." are all ways his movie is described. I agree.
The only weakness of the film is a miscast (and unimpressive) Michael J. Fox. Treat Williams has only three short scenes, and was okay, but I can't figure why he was cast at all.
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I had this movie on VHS years ago was thrilled to be able to purchase it on DVD since I no longer have a working VHS player. Great movie.Published 19 days ago by Tas
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Just wasn't our kind of movie...we thought it was something else...Published 6 months ago by Linda L. Lowe
Love the movie. The lifestyle and the attitude of a poor man. Realistic!Published 18 months ago by Travis