A River Runs Through It

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Released 1992

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Director:
Robert Redford
Released:
1992
Rating:
PG

A River Runs Through it follows the diverging paths of the two sons of a Presbyterian minister in rural Montana during the 1920s. The Rev. MacLean (Tom Skerritt) and his wife have tried to instill discipline in their boys. Norman (Craig Sheffer) has always excelled at schoolwork and leaves home to pursue his education and career in literature in Chicago. Paul (Brad Pitt) has never taken school seriously and prefers to stay close to home. He gets a job at a local newspaper and makes a name for himself as a reporter. However, he also makes a name for himself as a gambler and drinker. Norman, who stays away for six years, finds trouble when he returns home. The brothers lead conflicting lives, as told from Norman's point of view. The one area the brothers and their father can find peace with one another is fly fishing in the Blackfoot River.

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  • 90

    The New York Times

    A River Runs Through It, Mr. Redford's beautiful and deeply felt new movie, puts him in an entirely new category as a film maker.

  • 90

    Variety

    A skilled, careful adaptation of a much-admired story, A River Runs Through It is a convincing trip back in time to a virtually vanished American West, as well as a nicely observed...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Redford and his writer, Richard Friedenberg, understand that most of the events in any life are accidential or arbitrary, especially the crucial ones, and we can exercise little co...

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    Gambling, Love & Romance, Family Dramas, 90s