The River Poster

Release Date: 1984

DVD Release Date: February 23rd, 1999

PG-13|2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary
Tom and Mae Garvey (Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek) are a Tennessee farming couple battling violent floods to save their land. In addition to natural disasters, the Garveys fight to stop a selfish land developer (Scott Glenn) and a local corporation from foreclosing on their farm. While Mae stays at home to care for their children (Shane Bailey, Becky Jo Lynch) and tend to the crops, Tom finds work as a scab at a steel mill to preserve his family's property.

Cast: Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn, Shane Bailey, Becky Jo Lynch, Don Hood, Billy Green Bush, James Tolkan

Director: Mark Rydell

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry, Wife, Son, 1980s, Tense, Emotional, Daughter, Underdog, Love


Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Special Achievement Award (Sound Effects Editing)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Sound
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama