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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.

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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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