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Blue River (1995)





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The rocky relationship between two brothers is told in flashbacks in this made-for-television coming-of-age drama from Hallmark Entertainment. Based on the novel by Ethan Canin, a long-lost brother (Jerry O'Connell) comes back to his dysfunctional family and unearths his younger brother's mixed feelings. Emmy nominee Richard Welsh (The Piano Lesson) served as executive producer.
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    Hallmark Entertainment


Nick Stahl
as Edward
Susan Dey
as Mrs. Sellers
Sam Elliott
as Henry Howland
Rebecca Rogers
as Elizabeth
Cara Jedell
as Anita Candle
Lori Lindberg
as Mrs. Silver
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I'm really not much of a fan of these character dramas. This is much like Rachel Getting Married which I viewed recently: a member of a dysfunctional family returns causing other members to reminisce and reconsider the way they look at the past which influences the present. The difference is this one is pretty good. Sam Elliott overplays the school principal who is a Bible-thumper and trying to "better" the student body. Jerry O'Connell is excellent as the outcast teenager whom trouble seems to cling to like saran-wrap. Unexpectedly decent.

Don Schick
Don Schick

This movie is a mess. The story was disjointed. The makeup needed work, which I will say would've been the result of the low-budget. The acting was the best which shows in the actors-Jerry O'Connell, Nick Stahl, Sam Elliott, Susan Dey, Neal McDonough, Patrick Renna, and Jean Marie Barnwell. All were top-notch in their performances. They were what made the movie worth the watch.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

Blue River (1995) -- [6.0] -- This ambitious coming-of-age drama stuffs its short running time with a nearly incongruous overview of Ethan Canin's novel, but at least it skims a provocative surface. The story about love and conflict between two brothers is serviced remarkably well by Nick Stahl and Jerry O'Connell (all buff and sexy after dropping his "Stand by Me" pounds). Sam Elliott also brings color as a self-righteous preacher whose meddling threatens to tear the family apart.

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