The River

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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
as Tom Garvey
Sissy Spacek
as Mae Garvey
Scott Glenn
as John Wade
Shane Bailey
as Lewis Garvey
Becky Jo Lynch
as Beth Garvey
Don Hood
as Sen. Neiswinder
Billy Green Bush
as Harve Stanley
James Tolkan
as Howard Simpson
Bob W. Douglas
as Hal Richardson
Larry D. Farrell
as Rod Tessley
Andy Stahl
as Dave Birkin
Lisa Sloan
as Judy Birkin
Larry D. Ferrell
as Rod Tessley
Susie Toomey
as Sally Tessley
Kelly Toomey
as Lisa Tessley
Desmond Couch
as Wilderfoot
Jim Antonio
as Dan Gaumer
Amy Rydell
as Betty Gaumer
David Hart
as Harley
Ira M. Quillen II
as TV Weatherman
Matt Bearson
as Employee
Elizabeth Lane
as Secretary
Gary Gershaw
as Drifter
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Critic Reviews for The River

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Audience Reviews for The River

  • Feb 26, 2014
    Not one of Sissy's best moments. I guess she had to put up with being married to Mel Gibson and see her farm wash away. It would leave a lasting mark on anyone. I feel no more sympathy for the American farmer after viewing this one.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2009
    A movie that shows you not to judge Sissy Spacek by her performance in Carrie.
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2007
    Sissy is good as always, Mel over earnest.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2007
    Just a good emotionally-charged film celebrates the triumph of a young rural couple as they face nature's greatest ravages, the threat of poverty and a wrenching separation.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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