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The River [HD DVD]

Mel Gibson , Sissy Spacek , Mark Rydell    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars remarkable July 18 2004
By SH_
Take a culture that usually turns out trash and an actor who usually delivers trashy violence and somehow the director, the writers and Mel himself have turned out a truly brilliant movie, reminiscent of Grapes of Wrath, totally different from the usual Hollywood junk that so wounds America's image abroad - and it's aboput ordinary. poor. unglamorous, normal people.
Should be compulsory viewing. Slightly frantic in its piling of calamities upon the characters but the real high point is where the steel plant workers do NOT beat up the scab farm workers after the strike. At last, something American where the plot is not about sex, money, violence and fantasy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great movie Aug. 31 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
this movie was so good to watch.. actors were great. I recommend this movie to be watched. all different emotions to this movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars a grapes of wrath comaprison Jan. 15 2010
i bought this dvd it seems toshow the influence of grapes of wrath and has the influence of how green was my valley. mel gibson did a good acting job , however if his and sissy spacek lived the same lives as their characters, mel gibson would be married to a woamn 7 years older than him
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL, MUST SEE MOVIE April 30 2005
It's excellently played by Sissy Spacek, Mel Gibson, & Scott Glenn, they each played their parts so well you could almost feel the emotions run high, through the struggles & strife that each go through. You will thoughly enjoy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag Nov. 2 2002
Sissy Spacek gives a terrific performance in this seldom-seen "social problem" melodrama. The topic is the plight of the independent farmer, who is much more sympathetic than he would ordinarily be because in this film he looks and acts like international superstar Mel Gibson. The genuine item is not half as pretty, of course.
Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography is delicate and attentive; Mark Rydell's direction is ham-fisted and silly. The script is pure agitprop, and laughably bad.
If this film can be recommended (and I'm not sure it can), it would be for Spacek's performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gibson Again Sept. 4 2002
Another great film from Mel Gibson.....it would have been so easy to blow the characters on this one, but Gibson pulls it off in what is one of his greatest acting demonstrations ever.
The River wins on all fronts......acting, plot, historical and cultural significance......it's great to see reviews from social commentators and farmers alike......the film has the ability to stir controversy as well as inspire to more human interaction among us all.
Regardless of your personal perspective this one is worth the time and effort to enjoy, then watch again to analyze, and then.....(important last step)....watch again to make sure you remember how much you enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The River" Aug. 22 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The art of farming is by far the oldest, most time-honored tradition. It is the ideal way to make an honest living, raise your family away from the madness of the city and gain self-satisfaction by doing something that really matters. "The River" effectivly portrays the plight experienced by many American farmers during the 1980's economical recession. Flooding, forclosure and overdue bills were just a part of life for those most discouraging and undeniably frightning of years. Farm-friendly legislation has been passed in recent years so farmers can apply for disaster relief, equipment loans and bankrupcy loans. The goal is to keep the Family Farm as part of American culture. "The River" was shot in Northwestern Tennessee near Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City and also in Birmingham, Alabama. A 400-acre parcel of land alongside the Holston River, in Tennessee was cleared and turned into a real working farm in just four weeks. The flood scenes were produced in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority using a dam upriver which was slated for repairs. The scenery in the movie is absolutly breathtaking. The mountains, fields and river all seem to blend into one big beautiful picture. "The River" was the third in a trio of farming-based movies that year. The other two are "Country", with Jessica Lange and "Places In the Heart" with Sally Field.
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