The River Wild [DVD] [1994]

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 white-water 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 is forced to leave her husband stranded onshore 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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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

Synopsis


The River Wild
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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Meryl Streep
    Meryl Streep - Gail
  • Kevin Bacon
    Kevin Bacon - Wade
  • David Strathairn
    David Strathairn - Tom
  • John C. Reilly
    John C. Reilly - Terry
  • Benjamin Bratt
    Benjamin Bratt - Ranger Johnny



Customer rating

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100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Creepy Bit of Bacon

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    Bleco22

    This is definitely a purchase for you that can appreciate the outdoors, for its strength and beauty. This flick is one of my favorite Kevin Bacon movies. His character, Wade, is a fugitive on the run, which I could easily mistake him for Michael Myers in Halloween. . Bacon has captured the role of a cocky, good 'ole boy, creepy psycho path, selfish fugitive; where nothing will stop him from his freedom point. The conflicting personalities between Wade, Bacon, and Gail, Streep, is brillant. They compliment each other well. The boy from Jurassic Park also stars in it. You will realize that not only will they struggle with each other, but with mother nature also.....One of my favorites, worth the buy!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exciting river adventure

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    nypgirl
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    This movie is a great river adventure with good casting (David Strathairn is outstanding as the Dad), thrilling photography, and a very interesting plot that pulls you in from the start

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    On the edge of your seat!

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    RockinTimmy1
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    One awesome film, it will keep you on the edge of your seat! Kevin Bacon plays this part Good! Almost like something out of Unsolved Mysteries.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy

    Posted
    Golfdad
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    Everything was perfect. No complaints as the package was sealed and everything was in tact.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    hg1165

    One of the classics. Its one I have been trying to find for years. Glad I ran across it online.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    DonL
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    I enjoy this movie. It really is overrated. I did buy this as a gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A psychological & suspenseful thrill Ride

    Posted
    AlwayzGiveMyAll
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    Great film and a awesome addition to my Blu-ray collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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