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River Wild, The [Blu-ray]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Meryl Streep tried her hand at action films with this Curtis Hanson film and proved herself quite credible, bringing emotion as well as the willingness to kick butt. She plays a suburban mom and former white-water rafting guide who is taking her family on a raft trip for summer vacation. But overworked Dad (David Strathairn) can't make the trip, so she and her son leave without him--and walk right into trouble. Killers on the run (Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly) abduct them and force Streep to take them down the most dangerous stretch of river to elude the cops. Hanson understands how to pace and construct this kind of action fodder, but it's strictly formula stuff, enlivened only by the depth of Streep's portrayal and the viciousness of Bacon's character. --Marshall Fine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie March 2 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Nobody can beat Meryl Streep when it comes to movies like that. Put in Kevin Bacon as the bad guy and WOW what a exciting sit on the edge of your seat movie. Twist and Turns everywhere! Would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning setting and scenery on blu-ray Jan. 8 2014
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
The River Wild is absolutely gorgeous on blu-ray, and it's enjoyable watching this fresh version of the 1994 film. The river rafting trip gone wrong is only dated by the youthful appearance of the leads - each memorable in their way - Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly, and David Straitharn. Though the performances are strong, the real star of the film is the epic Montana / Oregon landscape, coupled with a very effective score by Jerry Goldsmith. There are many components that combine to make this a highly recommended movie - but sadly, there are no blu-ray extras (except the opportunity to access trailers thru bd live).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could you survive a river this wild? Sept. 28 2012
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The River Wild(released Sept/94) has been a TV fave for years and did deservedly well at ye olde box office.This film stars Meryl Streep as Gail,Kevin Bacon as Wade,David Strathairn as Tom,Gails husband,Joseph Mazzello as Roarke,Gail and Tom's son,and John C. Reilly as Terry,Wades partner.It's a film that slowly builds its' suspense throughout,keeping the characters and us in the dark until it needs to.This is a neat trick,but a good one,often used to pull the audience right into the action on screen.
The plot finds Gail and Tom in a marriage strained.Tom is a busy architect who doesn't seem to have much time for his family.Gail has packed up for a trip white water rafting,back near her hometown in Idaho.Tom comes home but is unable to go,apparently because of his workload.Gail leaves with her two children and returns home.The next day Gail,their dog and her son are all set with the raft(her daughter stays behind with her parents),when Tom pulls up at the last minute to join them.The trip,for the first while,is a strained one,as their personal problems come periodically boiling to the surface.
Down stream they meet up with two men,Wade and Terry,who they had meet when first starting out.It seems the third man in their party,a white water guide,has walked out on them after an argument.They have a raft but were afraid to attempt upcoming rapids nearby alone,as they had no experience.Gail and Tom reluctantly agree to take them along.
Along the way Wade accidentally falls into the water and Tom jumps in and attempts a rescue.Tom is almost pulled under and drowned by Wade until Tom has to use force on Wade to calm him down.Wade cozy's up to Roarke,the pairs son,even giving Roarke $200 on his birthday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Ride Aug. 1 2012
By RHP
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this movie years ago, and one day I was trying to think of good movies from the 80's and 90's that I would like to get a copy of, and this popped into my head. Meryl Streep is flawless no matter what movie she's in and Kevin Bacon is always good at playing a bad guy. An edge of your seat thrill ride down the rapids.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious for its gender content Nov. 22 2003
By Sokste
Format:DVD
I liked this movie because it explores:
1) that women can by physically and psychologically strong
2) that women can face challenges such as whether to possibly mistakenly kill a threatening person
3) that men can be strong around women who are strong
4) that the human spirit is resilient and can overcome extreme challenges
Plus the nature is great, the acting is excellent and the journey is interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The River Wild Feb. 18 2004
Format:DVD
I have enjoyed this movie since the release. I find the music and the scenery just wonderful. The action is great and without all of the flash of the movies today. It is a wonderful movie and I would recommend it for anyone who likes to watch movies.
Kevin and Meryl are wonderful together.......I love this movie!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy Dec 17 2003
Format:DVD
Kevin Bacon can so beautifully play a sadist, a charming and vicious creep, a bad guy that it's almost like he's not acting. And Meryle Streep, trying her hand here in an action film, NEVER seems to be acting - she's always stellar, completely immersed in her character. In The River Wild, Streep plays a suburban mom and former white-water rafting guide who is taking her family on a raft trip for summer vacation. She's a bit on the outs with her husband, who is, at the last minute, too busy to go along - so she and her son go it alone - and quickly run afoul of some killers on the lam. Bacon and a buddy, of course. They coerce Streep to take them down a terrifyingly dangerous stretch of river rapids to escape from the pursuing cops.
Marvelous. And Streep did all the river scenes without the use of a stunt double - which, if you've ever been white-water rafting on a Class 4 or 5 river, is utterly amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE WATER IS WIDE Nov. 16 2003
Format:DVD
Meryl Streep is certainly an amazing performer. Few actresses can enliven such a formulaic movie as "The River Wild." And yet, Streep's portrayal of Gail is as always brilliant. Meryl uses her exquisite face, and exhibits her continued range of performances in her first (and probably only) "action" role. She is truly the best of our generation's many fine actresses. Kevin Bacon is effectively chilling; Joseph Massello shows a good range for such a young actor; David Straitharn is at first too wooden, but as his character grows, so does his performance; John C. Reilly, as always, is efficiently supportive.
The vistas are beautiful and the final rafting scenes breathtaking. A good if not great film.
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