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A lyrical and nostalgic film from director Robert Redford (Quiz Show, Ordinary People), based on the popular autobiographical novel by Norman MacLean, A River Runs Through It shows the best that modern filmmaking has to offer. The film chronicles two brothers coming of age in early-20th-century Missoula, Montana, under the stern tutelage of their minister father, played by Tom Skerritt (Top Gun). Their father instills in them a love of fly fishing, which for one brother (Brad Pitt) becomes a lifelong passion even as he sets out to become a newspaperman and struggles with his addiction to gambling. The other brother, Norman (Craig Sheffer), dreams of exploring the world outside of Missoula as he falls in love with a local girl (Emily Lloyd) who also dreams of broader horizons. Soon one brother must discover the true meaning of family loyalty when the other finds himself in deeper trouble than ever before. Redford, who also narrates the film, does a masterful job in re-creating the period and in drawing out affecting performances from his young cast. An Oscar winner for Philippe Rousselot's luminescent cinematography, this is a poignant and special film. --Robert Lane

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Craig ShefferNorman Maclean
Brad PittPaul Maclean
Tom SkerrittRev. Maclean
Brenda BlethynMrs. Maclean
Emily LloydJessie Burns
Edie McClurgMrs. Burns
Stephen ShellenNeal Burns
Vann GravageYoung Paul
Nicole BurdetteMabel
Susan TraylorRawhide
Michael CudlitzChub
Rob CoxConroy
Buck SimmondsHumph
Fred OaklandMr. Burns
David CreamerKen Burns
Madonna ReubensAunt Sally
John ReubensUncle Jimmy
Arnold RichardsonOld Norman
MacIntyre DixonPolice Sergeant
William HootkinsMurphy
Al RichardsonMr. Murchison
Jess SchwiddeMr. Sweeney
Chuck AdamsonHarry the Editor
Rex KendallReporter
Jack KrollReporter
Martina KreidlSecretary at Newspaper
Noah SnyderCopy Boy at Newspaper
Margot KiserSal
Philip A. BraunDealer at Lolo
Tracy MayfieldBouncer at Lolo
Anne MerrenHooker at Lolo
Chuck TweedDrunk in Jail
Prudence JohnsonPavilion Singer
D. GortonPavilion Announcer
Lincoln QuesenberryDrunk in Alley
Hawk ForssellBouncer at Speakeasy
Jim DunkinSpeakeasy Bartender
Jacob SnyderPiano Player
Kathy ScharlerWaitress at Speakeasy
Don JefferyBlack Jack
Byron DingmanSpeakeasy Patron
Cecily JohnsonSpeakeasy Patron
Caleb ShiffYoung John
Joseph Gordon-LevittYoung Norman
Daren EastwoldMontana Saloon Dancer (uncredited)
Lance R. JonesParty-Goer (uncredited)
Robert RedfordNarrator (voice) (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Robert Redford
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 123 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 9, 1992
    EuropeFeb 19, 1993
    AustraliaApr 8, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 2, 2002
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