The River

Overview

This socially conscious family farm drama from director Mark Rydell was his follow up to the Oscar-winning On Golden Pond (1981). Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek star as Tom and Mae Garvey, struggling Tennessee farmers constantly one step away from foreclosing. Their farm sits next to a river that both nourishes their land and constantly threatens to overflow its banks and destroy their crops. The Garveys sell some of their equipment for obscenely low prices at a foreclosure auction, at which some of their neighbors ...
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Overview

This socially conscious family farm drama from director Mark Rydell was his follow up to the Oscar-winning On Golden Pond (1981). Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek star as Tom and Mae Garvey, struggling Tennessee farmers constantly one step away from foreclosing. Their farm sits next to a river that both nourishes their land and constantly threatens to overflow its banks and destroy their crops. The Garveys sell some of their equipment for obscenely low prices at a foreclosure auction, at which some of their neighbors are forced to give up everything they own. The stoic Tom takes a job as a scab at a mill where the union workers are striking. Meanwhile, Mae has a platonic flirtation with local bank manager Joe (Scott Glenn), who saves her life when she's trapped under a heavy piece of farm equipment. Tom's homecoming is cut short by a flood, but the raging waters allow him to become a hero to his family again. The River was the third in a trio of dramas depicting the plight of the American family farmer released that same year.
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Special Features

Production notes; Cast & filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • UPC: 025192042720
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,930

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Tom Garvey
Sissy Spacek Mae Garvey
Shane Bailey Lewis Garvey
Becky Jo Lynch Beth Garvey
Scott Glenn John Wade
Don Hood Sen. Neiswinder
James Tolkan Howard Simpson
Bob W. Douglas Hal Richardson
Larry D. Farrell Rod Tessley
Elizabeth Lane Secretary
Billy Green Bush Harvey Stanley
Andy Stahl Dave Birkin
Lisa Sloan Judy Birkin
Susie Toomey Sally Tessley
Kelly Toomey Lisa Tessley
Frank Taylor Zemke
Ivan Green Smoot
Jim Antonio Dan Guamer
Amy Rydell Betty Gaumer
David Hart Harley
Barry Primus Roy
Jack Starrett Swick
Charlie Robinson Truck
Dean Whitworth Doctor
Gary Gershaw Drifter
Technical Credits
Mark Rydell Director
Julian Barry Screenwriter
Jane Bogart Set Decoration/Design
Robert Cortes Producer
Robert Dillon Original Story, Screenwriter
Edward Lewis Producer
Alan R. Gibbs Stunts
Sid Levin Editor
Norman Newberry Art Director, Production Designer
Stan Parks Special Effects
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Mario Roberts Stunts
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [4:45]
2. The Storm's Fury [3:20]
3. The Need for a Dam [3:18]
4. Another Loan [4:09]
5. The Auction [:37]
6. The Squeeze [8:39]
7. Debts [:19]
8. Scabs [7:43]
9. An Accident [8:00]
10. The Scab's Life [7:39]
11. A Weekend with Tom [:51]
12. The Deer [2:42]
13. The Strikes Over [5:51]
14. The Future [5:04]
15. The River's Rage [5:12]
16. The Stand-Off [4:05]
17. To Fight the River [5:31]
18. End Titles [7:55]
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Menu

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Sissy Spacek
         Mel Gibson
         Scott Glen
         Mark Rydell
      Theatrical Trailer
      Universal Web Links
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages
      Captions and Subtitles
   Play
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