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A River Runs Through It

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Robert Redford

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Plot Summary

Academy Award®-winner Robert Redford (Best Director, Ordinary People, 1980) captures the majesty of the Montana wilderness and the strength of the American family in this acclaimed adaptation of Norman Maclean's classic memoir. Craig Sheffer stars as the young Norman, and Brad Pitt stars as his brother Paul, an irresistible daredevil driven to challenge the world. Growing up, both boys rebel against their stern minister father. While Norman channels his rebellion into writing, Paul descends a slippery path to self-destruction. Co-starring Tom Skerritt as the Reverend Maclean and Emily Lloyd as wild-hearted Jessie Burns.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 40
  • Fresh: 33
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Here are two things I never thought I'd say: I like a movie about fly fishing, and Robert Redford has directed one of the most ambitious, accomplished films of the year. – Caryn James, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Redford's movie is too little show and too much tell. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 8, 2007

Fresh: A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: In its determination to emphasize character and thoughtful content over formulas and facile sensationalism, it's a movie that's proudly out of step with Hollywood trends. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Nov 8, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Just Amazing

Generally a person who is so well known and liked by so many, they usually have many flaws and the people who like that person probably have brain damage for liking that person. That said, this is the complete opposite of Brad Pitt, he's an all around well actor, I've seen him in almost every genre of movie and he just knows how to make it work. He has a natural talent for it. Okay enough about that, more about the movie. This movie is just absolutely amazing, it's a very simple tale but delivers on many other levels.

good movie!

I loved this one! It's sad but is more realistic than most and its got a little humor too. and p.s....if you guys want to buy this so badly, then why not go to a video store??? hmm?

The Point Between Reality and Nature

Love this movie so much. Who would have though something as simple as fly-fishing could bring out everyone's soul. In a way where you can push reality aside just for a moment for you to relax and not have to think. However, this movie is much more than that. In a way it can be considerd a lesson in life. We must both learn to cope with growing up and adapting to life as well as finding peace with our surroundings and just letting go. It's a beautiful movie. The point between reality and nature.

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A River Runs Through It
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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