The River [HD DVD] [Import]
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The River [HD DVD]
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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.
Scott Glenn plays the real hero in this movie. His character is a fair and honorable business man who warns the farmer of impending doom. The river according to all reasonable expectations will eventually destroy the farm. Even the farmer grudgingly concedes this possibility. The Glenn character offers the farmer a way out, but the farmer is bull headed and places his love for the agrarian way of life over common sense. Is Gibson's character idealistic and worthy of praise, or merely stubborn and selfish? Each person viewing "The River" will have to decide this for themselves.
The great economist, Joseph Schumpeter, originated the paradoxical term "creative destruction." Throughout history, there are always winners and losers whenever new technology replaces the older methods of earning a living.Read more ›
The onscreen chemistry between Spacek and Gibson underscores the uncomfortable aura of the marriage in the movie. There's something strange about the couple, something that just doesn't click; a feeling of looming doom regarding their relationship. Scott Glenn's character does not help the uneasy tension.
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this movie was so good to watch.. actors were great. I recommend this movie to be watched. all different emotions to this moviePublished on Aug. 31 2013 by leona lapointe
i bought this dvd it seems toshow the influence of grapes of wrath and has the influence of how green was my valley. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2010 by Bharat Ganapathy
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... Read morePublished on April 29 2005 by Ninamoosha
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2002 by Timothy Hulsey
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2002 by Richard R. Carlton
This is one of Mel Gibson's best movies. It is a movie about an extremely hard-working man who will work at anything he can to save his land. Read morePublished on June 18 2000 by Barbara Farr Kelley