The River WildDirector: Curtis Hanson, Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn
In a change-of-pace role designed to prove that she could carry high-concept genre films as well as character-driven dramas, Meryl Streep headlined this fast-paced adventure as Gail, a whitewater rafting guide. For a vacation, Gail is accompanying her son Roarke (Joseph Mazzello) and workaholic husband Tom (David Strathairn) on a river trip. Gail and Tom are experiencing marital troubles and contemplating divorce, but their problems take a back seat when they encounter some menacing rafters led by Wade (Kevin Bacon). After Tom saves Wade from drowning, they discover that the men are murderous fugitives using the river as an escape route. Kidnapped by the killers, Gail's forced to leave her husband stranded on shore and guide the villains through the "Gauntlet," a raging confluence of rivers that few rafters ever survive. Meanwhile, Tom proves to be wilier than anyone suspected, following the raft on foot and plotting his family's rescue. Following a quartet of popular B-grade thrillers, director Curtis Hanson attempted to break partially out of the genre with The River Wild, which, despite the presence of a psycho killer, played as more a stunt-filled action movie than a murder mystery.
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- Universal Studios
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- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|John C. Reilly||Terry|
|Benjamin Bratt||Ranger Johnny|
|Elizabeth Hoffman||Gail's Mother|
|Thomas F. Duffy||Ranger|
|Roy Arbogast||Special Effects|
|Bruce A. Evans||Screenwriter|
|Carol Fenelon||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Kirk A. Francis||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Rick T. Gentz||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Score Composer|
|Ray Hartwick||Executive Producer|
|Ilona Herzberg||Executive Producer|
|William Hiney||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bill Kenney||Production Designer|
|Tom Mack||Asst. Director|
|Louis Mann||Production Designer|
|Mark Mansbridge||Art Director|
|Ivan Sharrock||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Marlene Stewart||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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A PRETTY GOOD RIVER RIDE, WITH A TWISTED DUDE,WANTING TO TAKE HIS CAPTIVES,WITH HIM.THE HERO COMES IN TO SAVE THE DAY, ITS CHEAP NOW SO WHY NOT SEE.KEVIN BACON IS WORTH SEEING.
We cannot find too many family movies these days. I highly recommend it. Have some popcorn and enjoy.
This is a really good movie! It combines family into a life and death situation- I had a blast watching it! I was on the edge of my seat several times! It's really entertaining and I highly recommend it!