Even as it celebrates its year anniversary, the movie continues to captivate viewers who resonate with its story of tragedy, family, the American West, and fishing.
Reading a few samples of his writing in voice-overs -- as Redford does in the film -- helps a little, but not much. The film of "The River Runs Through It" -- that "It" meaning life -- begins as the book does, with Norman and the younger Paul as children, learning to fly-cast from their minister father, played with too much gravity by Tom Skerritt.
As the boys move into their teens, with stolid Craig Sheffer taking over as Norman and dashing Brad Pitt flashing a young Redford look as Paul, "River" begins to run dry.
Not only are Sheffer and Pitt mismatched as brothers, with absolutely no resemblance or similarity in personality and style, it is difficult to believe that they are only three years apart in age.
Now Pitt appears to be much too young, especially since the adult Paul, a Missoula newspaper scribe, has developed a terrible drinking problem. Worried that he may lose his audience, Redford sends the teenagers on a wild white-water ride and nearly drowns the adult Paul in pursuit of a king trout.
Neither adventure occurs in the book. And afraid of boring filmgoers, Redford fails to give close attention to the art of fly-fishing. Any great film treating an arcane discipline awakens our interest in its specifics. For that, we must turn to Maclean. Here the screenplay of Richard Friedenberg must be faulted, for introducing unnecessary scenes and cutting back on the ones with Rawhide and her bibulous beau Neal, which would play wonderfully.
To give Redford credit, he has a perfect Neal in the darkly handsome, ridiculously collegiate Stephen Shellen, complete with his tennis V-neck for his return to the Montana wilderness. Rated PG, this film contains a fleeting glimpse of a pair of bare posteriors, one marked with the word "LOVE," discussions of the livestyle of the tattooed prostitute, some heavy boozing, a few rude words and a verbal report of news about a shocking and brutal slaying.Western Montana, , Maclean brothers Norman and Paul (Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt) prove more daring than their pals (Michael Cudlitz, Rob Cox, Buck Simmonds) and shoot the shoots of the Blackfoot River, in A River Runs Through It, , Robert Redford directing from Norman Maclean's novella.
A Comparison of the Brothers Norman and Paul in A River Runs Through It, a Movie by Robert Redford. Summary: Analyzes and compares the film and literary versions of A River Runs Through It.
Provides a plot summary and discusses the relationship between brothers Paul and Norman Maclean.
In the film "A River Runs Through It" the Blackfoot River played a copious role in the lives of Norman and Paul. A River Runs Through It premiered on October 9, – 25 years ago.
Based on the novella by Norman Maclean, “A River Runs Through It” launched the career of .
May 04, · However, in the case of director Robert Redford's film of the Norman Maclean novella A River Runs Through It, a more fair critique of Redford's effort might be that the film is inevitably different, not necessarily better.
A River Runs Through It is a American period coming-of-age drama film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd. It is a based on the semi-autobiographical novel A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean, adapted for the screen by Richard Friedenberg.