A River Runs Through It

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(out of 5)


Poetic and touching, this is a good film for those who love movies about fly fishing. All five of you. For the rest, it’s a fantastic drama about two Montana brothers in the 1920s (, ) who experience family life and growing pains while also being taught to express their joy for life and rein in their frustrations through the sport that their father coaches them in. The acting by all is excellent, including the two young men in the leads and their parents played by  and , but what really makes it work is Robert Redford’s beautifully sensitive direction, which brings to life Norman McLean’s tragic autobiography without any maudlin sentimentality.  Fly fishing actually became so popular after this film was released that overcrowded riverbanks gave way to serious injuries.


Allied Filmmakers, Wildwood Enterprises

USA, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the story by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , , Robert Redford

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1992

Golden Globe Awards 1992

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