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A River Runs Through It (Deluxe Edition) (Bilingual)

Craig Sheffer , Brad Pitt , Robert Redford    DVD
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A lyrical and nostalgic film from director Robert Redford (Quiz Show, Ordinary People), based on the popular autobiographical novel by Norman MacLean, A River Runs Through It shows the best that modern filmmaking has to offer. The film chronicles two brothers coming of age in early-20th-century Missoula, Montana, under the stern tutelage of their minister father, played by Tom Skerritt (Top Gun). Their father instills in them a love of fly fishing, which for one brother (Brad Pitt) becomes a lifelong passion even as he sets out to become a newspaperman and struggles with his addiction to gambling. The other brother, Norman (Craig Sheffer), dreams of exploring the world outside of Missoula as he falls in love with a local girl (Emily Lloyd) who also dreams of broader horizons. Soon one brother must discover the true meaning of family loyalty when the other finds himself in deeper trouble than ever before. Redford, who also narrates the film, does a masterful job in re-creating the period and in drawing out affecting performances from his young cast. An Oscar winner for Philippe Rousselot's luminescent cinematography, this is a poignant and special film. --Robert Lane

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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal! Dec 20 2003
Format:VHS Tape
At once beautiful, touching, and deeply moving, A River Runs Though It is the story of two boys who charistically different, retain a close bond through their love of fishing in their homtown of Missoula, Montana. Brad Pitt(legends of the fall) does an exceptional job as Paul Maclean, a carefree, daredevil type who has a gambling problem. this performance shows that Brad is not just a pretty boy but also an superb actor. Craig Sheffer gives a spellbinding performance as Norman Maclean, Paul's serious, level headed brother. He seems to radiate an auroa of light that is rare in a acting performance. I love this movie because it shows Montana's natural beauty and the love of two brothers that can never be broken. It also potrays the message; "it's a nice day out, let's go fishing" One more thing to fully appriciate this movie you have to see it!
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Most negative reviews here grumble about the movie's slowness, which is fair. Yet, despite its lack of event, this nostalgic recollection through one man's memories is a beautiful cinematograph of experience and family values.
At the very least, you'll remember its stunning landscapes for a long time, particularly the powerful and majestic "Blackfoot River" captured immaculately by the same cinematographer as Dangerous Liaisons. Montana must be a pretty state!
Robert Redford's voiceover narration in his silken voice is calm, allowing the poetry of Norman Maclean's written words to carry the emotion: "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it."
What piqued my attention was its subtheme of the passion for a pursuit -- fly fishing in this case, which is an intrigue to me in itself. As the fishing lines flick and whisk over the whispering river, a low sun sheening the tree-lined horizon, the rhythm of image embraces imagination and meditation. We are close to understanding what Norman means when he says he is "haunted by waters".
By the time the film comes to its lyrically elegiac end, it has touched your heart and made you think. That is perhaps a good reason in and of itself to watch the movie. Personally, I'd even recommend getting the DVD, it's one you'll watch with kids or people who matter to you.
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Once upon a time, Hollywood made "films, " and some of these films became the epitdome of art. That talent has all but been forgotten in an era where imagination takes a back seat to the obvious. There used to be a clamor for fine directors and actors who could convey the thoughts and feelings of an author or screenwriter without the use of nudity or foul language. They used to make films without explosions and blood and gore. And those films used to be AND still are better than most anything that Hollywood cranks out today.
Enter "A River Runs Through It" directed by Robert Redford. This film is a quiet character study that has brilliance in the acting and directing. This is so apparent that you'll find your emotions welling up in you as you watch it. It is such a delicately made film that you'll need to watch it multiple times to understand that the director and actors aren't going to spell out what you should be feeling. They aren't going to speak every emotion they're having - you're going to have to surmise those for yourself. This is so NOT like the films Hollywood makes today. It's a subtle, beautiful film.
Brad Pitt may have made a mark in the public's collective memory when he appeared shirtless in "Thelma and Louise", but in "A River Runs Through It" he shows his chops and in doing so, let's us know he is an exceedingly talented actor not just a pretty boy.
Craig Sheffer (has the lead in this film and does a phenomenal job of giving us a young man living with the painful knowledge that he must forever live in the shadow of his younger brother, Paul (Pitt). Though, Norman (Sheffer) is the reliable touchstone, Paul has a remarkable brightness of light that encompasses him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Movies on my List Oct. 26 2003
This movie is easily on my top five favorite movies of all time. You may call me crazy, because there are a lot of good movies out there, many better known than A River Runs Through It. But it is very rare that a film captures the entire feel and Zeitgeist of a place on earth and in history so well that you are transported there in every sense on the word. When the credits start to roll I can almost feel the time warp, as I slowly begin to realize that I am back in my living room, having spent the last two hours in place the cinematographer has genuinely made come to life. And the story is timeless just by itself. It deals with family, roads we take in life, even love. And it is so well told, with Robert Redford himself reading Norman MacLean's achingly beautiful prose throughout the film as narration, that you cannot help but identify with the characters and feel nostalgic about a simpler life in a simpler world. If you have any doubts about this movie, rent it if you want. I promise you will understand what I mean, because to believe such high praise for something that is afterall just a movie takes a great leap of faith. But I promise you will at least be able to agree that someone in the world could feel that way about this exquisite film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very picturesque quite gentle movie
Published 2 months ago by SandyJ
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it BUT you sent me two copies which I ...
I loved it BUT you sent me two copies which I guess I made a mistake in ordering it online.

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Published 2 months ago by Mary Lingnau
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Very good dvd and lot of good memories about it I just adore it and recommanded it to all my friends
Published 5 months ago by Claude Couillard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film making
Beautiful movie - the fly fishing scenes are magnificent, to be blunt a perfect movie and possibly the best thing Pitt or Redford has done.
Published 5 months ago by Moidart
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
Great movie. Love it! You will watch this one over and over. Can't get tired of watching Brad Pitt, ever.
Published 8 months ago by molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I had the DVD version of this movie and saw this Blu Ray Digibook on amazon at a great price. I collect Digibooks so ordered. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cam
5.0 out of 5 stars MustSee film of my year calendar
The brilliance of Redford-Pitt combination is so glamorous, along with cinemagraphy of the Blackfoot river.
So, what else do you want? Just enjoy it.
Published 17 months ago by alpine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition
Edit very good, full extras included, with immersion in nature big foot river. Robert Redford shows that directed an invaluable.
Published 17 months ago by Josep A. Ferrús
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sur toute la ligne !
Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MFJ
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top ten
I really can't understand anyone not giving this wonderful film five stars.I have seen it any number of times and it stll gets to me. Read more
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