A River Runs Through It Poster

Release Date: September 30th, 1992

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 1999

PG|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
The Maclean brothers, Paul (Brad Pitt) and Norman (Craig Sheffer), live a relatively idyllic life in rural Montana, spending much of their time fly fishing. The sons of a minister (Tom Skerritt), the boys eventually part company when Norman moves east to attend college, leaving his rebellious brother to find trouble back home. When Norman finally returns, the siblings resume their fishing outings, and assess both where they've been and where they're going.

Cast: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Lloyd, Edie McClurg, Stephen Shellen, Nicole Burdette

Director: Robert Redford

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Allied Filmmakers

Distributors: Pioneer Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Columbia Tristar

Keywords: Rivalry, Spirited, Growing up, Father, Mother, 1930s, Emotional, Family, Brother

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Whatever the movie's failings, it had enough poignancy and beauty to make me want to find out what was missing. [08 Oct 1992]

  • Robert Redford's sensitive, unhurried movie of A River Runs Through It is so faithful to the book that it becomes that rare thing - a beautiful celebration of the power of literature. [09 Oct 1992]

  • Redford and his writer, Richard Friedenberg, understand that most of the events in any life are accidential or arbitrary, especially the crucial ones, and we can exercise little conscious control over our destinies. show more

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Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Cinematography