River Runs Through It

River Runs Through It

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Director: Robert Redford

Cast: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt

     
 

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Robert Redford's lyrical direction sets the tone for this evocative adaptation of author Norman MacLean's memoir of his idyllic Montana youth. The MacLean family is presided over by the strict but encouraging Rev. MacLean (Tom Skerritt) and his loving wife (Brenda Blethyn). Craig Sheffer stars as the young Norman, the older son in his family, who takes his school work… See more details below

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Robert Redford's lyrical direction sets the tone for this evocative adaptation of author Norman MacLean's memoir of his idyllic Montana youth. The MacLean family is presided over by the strict but encouraging Rev. MacLean (Tom Skerritt) and his loving wife (Brenda Blethyn). Craig Sheffer stars as the young Norman, the older son in his family, who takes his school work and writing a bit too seriously for Paul (Brad Pitt), the impetuous younger son, to take much stock in. Paul would rather have a good time, drink and play cards than get involved with academic study. Where Norman wants to be a college literature professor, Paul would prefer to stay in Montana all his life and wrangle some kind of job writing for a local newspaper. But, ironically, Paul is the better fly fisherman and in this way attains a sense of perfection. The film also details the MacLean boys' involvement with a colorful group of town's people -- including a young Indian woman Paul decides to date and the defiant Jessie (Emily Lloyd), whom Norman later marries.

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The sure hand of director Robert Redford, his images beautifully rendered by cinematographer Philippe Rousselot, did more than play it safe with the material provided by Norman Maclean's best-selling autobiographical novel about fly-fishing and the connection between father and sons. Set in Montana in the early 20th century, the film is a typical coming-of-age story featuring two sons, one conventional (Craig Sheffer) and one wild (Brad Pitt), and their relationships with their minister dad (Tom Skerritt). In his third directorial effort, Redford showed that he understood mood, pace, and setting like few other contemporary American filmmakers. A River Runs Through It is a mature, contemplative film that put Redford back on track as a director, leading him, a few years later, to the equally adept and perhaps more substantial Quiz Show.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2001
UPC:
0043396048980
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Craig Sheffer Norman Maclean
Brad Pitt Paul Maclean
Tom Skerritt Reverend MacLean
Brenda Blethyn Mrs. Maclean
Emily Lloyd Jessie Burns
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Young Norman
Edie McClurg Mrs. Burns
Stephen Shellen Neal Burns
Nicole Burdette Mabel
Susan Traylor Rawhide
Vann Gravage Young Paul
Anne Merrem Hooker at Lolo
Rob Cox Conroy
Michael Cudlitz Chub
Buck Simmonds Humph
Fred Oakland Mr. Burns
David Creamer Ken Burns
Madonna Reubens Aunt Sally
Arnold Richardson Old Norman
MacIntyre Dixon Police Sergeant
Rex Kendall Reporter
William Hootkins Murphy
Jess Schwidde Mrs. Sweeney
Chuck Adamson Harry the Editor
Jack Kroll Reporter
Martina Kreidl Secretary at Newspaper
Noah Snyder Copy Boy at Newspaper
Margot Kiser Sal
Philip A. Braun Dealer at Lolo
Tracy Mayfield Bouncer at Lolo
Chuck Tweed Drunk in Jail
Prudence Johnson Pavilion Singer
D. Gorton Pavilion Announcer
Lincoln Quesenberry Drunk in Alley
Hawk Forssell Bouncer at Speakeasy
Jacob Snyder Piano Player
Jim Dunkin Speakeasy Bartender
Kathy Scharler Waitress at Speakeasy
Don Jeffery Black Jack
Byron Dingman Speakeasy Patron
Cecily Johnson Speakeasy Patron
Caleb Shiff Young John
Robert Redford Narration

Technical Credits
Robert Redford Director,Producer
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Robert L. Estrin Editor
Richard Friedenberg Screenwriter
William Hjortsberg Screenwriter
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
Barbara Maltby Co-producer
Patrick Markey Producer
Walter Paul Martishius Art Director
Kathy O'Rear Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer

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