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A River Runs Through It [WS/P&S] [DVD] [1992]

Release Date:11/23/1999
It's doubtful many studio heads thought that a popular film about fly fishing and family could be made, but Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It deserves its wide and faithful following. While this Columbia DVD release of the screen adaptation of Norman MacLean's book doesn't come with any meaningful extras, it is still a worthy release. What makes it meaningful is the fine anamorphic widescreen transfers that captures Philippe Rousselot's exquisite cinematography and a Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio track that matches the visual details. While fly fishing has a relatively small, if devoted following, coming-of-age stories are universal in their power and appeal. DVD extras are generally watched just once, but A River Runs Through It deserves repeated viewings.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video
    • Interactive menus
    • Languages: English and French 2-channel [Dolby Surround], Spanish [stereo], Portuguese [mono]
    • Production notes
    • Scene selections
    • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
    • Talent files
    • Theatrical trailers


    A River Runs Through It
    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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Craig Sheffer
      Craig Sheffer - Norman Maclean
    • Brad Pitt
      Brad Pitt - Paul Maclean
    • Tom Skerritt
      Tom Skerritt - Reverend MacLean
    • Brenda Blethyn
      Brenda Blethyn - Mrs. Maclean
    • Emily Lloyd
      Emily Lloyd - Jessie Burns

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