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

  • SKU: 3804636
  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Rating: PG
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

Synopsis


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



Customer rating

4.6
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Coming-of-age Movie I've ever seen

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    IdioticBunny

    A River Runs Through It is one of the best coming-of-age/ family movies I've ever seen. Starring Craig Sheffer (which it's unfortunate he never got it big), Brad Pitt, and Tom Skerritt, this movie will touch you and move you in such a way you won't believe it. Based off the autobiographical book by Norman MacLean, it follows the story of Norman, played by Sheffer, and reflects on his life as a youth at his home in Montana, where he would connect with his very disconnected family through fly-fishing at the river. Brad Pitt gives one of his best performances as Norman's younger brother, Paul, who made it big as a reporter, but with great power comes great responsibility, as he begins to lead a life of underground gambling and excessive drinking and more illegal acts. Their father, played by Skerritt, is the presbyterian priest at their church and he is very stern, but very heartfelt at the same time. The score for this movie from Mark Isham is one of the best I've heard, I love the title score and the score at the end of the film, because it fits the mood perfectly. I recommend this movie to everyone, even if you're the type for huge action flicks, lots of violence, or a total sappy chick flick. If this movie doesn't open up your emotions and move you in anyway, then the blame is on me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Purchase

    Posted
    COBoy
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    Purchased this as a gift and was not disappointed. We really enjoyed the original release in theaters years ago and the DVD deluxe edition has reminded us of just how much we enjoyed the film. Outstanding commentary and extras included with this version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Posted
    Desiree78
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    Just a good feel good movie. I am not real fond of Brad Pitt as a great actor. But did a good job and I enjoyed the movie and its part of my collection. A feel good movie. A thumb up from me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Visual masterpiece

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    jjsantamonica
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    One of the best visual masterpieces that exemplify the perfect combination of literary and cinematic poetry. On Blu-Ray in 1080hp is a can't miss.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie better on bluray!

    Posted
    pacdoggy2
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    I have always been a fan of this movie. It is beautifully done and looks great in HD. Worth adding to your collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good film

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    FCSM
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    Good story, though not filmed where the tale actually took place. Actors did a good job of portraying the characters.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    Davin
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    First seen this on t.v. Great movie, great story behind it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    HateMe
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    Loved movie will watch again , wife loved Brad Pitt , great family film

    I would recommend this to a friend




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