- The River (1984 film)
name = The River
caption = Theatrical release poster
Robert Dillon Julian Barry
Mel Gibson Sissy Spacek Scott Glenn Billy Green Bush
December 19, 1984
runtime = 122 min.
country = USA
language = English
imdb_id = 0088007
"The River" is a 1984
filmwhich tells the story of a struggling farm family in the Tennessee valley trying keep its farm going in the face of bank foreclosures, floods, and other hard times. The father faces the dilemma of having to work as a scab in a steel mill to keep his family farm from foreclosure. The film was based on the true story of farmers who unknowingly took the jobs as scabs at a steel mill after their crops were destroyed by rain. It stars Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glennand Billy Green Bush.
The movie was written by
Robert Dillonand Julian Barry. It was directed by Mark Rydell.
Mel Gibson- Tom Garvey
Sissy Spacek- Mae Garvey
* Shane Bailey - Lewis Garvey
* Becky Jo Lynch - Mae Garvey
Scott Glenn- Joe Wade
* Don Hood - Senator Neiswinder
Mark Rydellviewed the characters in this drama as iconically American, and he was eager to cast Sissy Spacekas the farm wife because of her performance in " Coal Miner's Daughter" and her home on a farm in near Charlottesville, Virginia. Rydell said, "She is the consummate American rural young woman, with strength and fiber and a luminous quality." Mel Gibsonbegged Rydell to let him play the Tennesseefarmer who reminded him of his father, but the director was reluctant because of Gibson’s Australian accent. Before Gibson left for Englandto film " The Bounty", he begged Rydell not to cast the part yet. Rydell recalled, "He came back and he came to my house in Los Angelesand started reading the script, talking, reading the newspaper, in this perfect Tennesseeaccent. I was really impressed, even when he stood next to Sissy, who's like a tuning fork when it comes to accents, he had damn well done it."
"The River" was filmed in eastern
Tennesseein the Holston Valley area. The filmmakers purchased 440 acres along the Holston Riverfor the farm set and planted corn. The cast and their families moved to the area a month before the start of production to connect with the local people and learn farming skills. The floods in the film were supplied by the Tennessee Valley Authorityand the Army Corps of Engineerswith water from the dam. The bank scene was filmed in he town of Gate City, VA. The film was completed for under $18 million. [cite news | title = How “The River” Came to the Screen | author = Ester B. Fein | publisher = The New York Times| date = 1984-12-16] [cite news | title = U.S. Film Maker Casts Dubbed Voices in His Films | author = Bob Thomas | publisher = Associated Press| date = 1984-12-27]
The musical score was by
John Williamsand also featured songs by country artists including George Strait.
"The River" was the last of three 1984 films, including "The Country" and "
Places in the Heart", that shared the themes of a family's devotion to their farm, the destructive force of nature, an unsympathetic bureaucracy and a determined woman who binds her family together. The film received mixed reviews. Mel Gibsonlater regretted that his portrayal of Tom Garvey was so stubborn that the audience lost sympathy, and he said that he was miscast for the role because he was too young and "pretty" at the time.
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