The River Wild

1994

The River Wild

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56%

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Total Count: 32

51%

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This thriller filmed on location in Oregon and Montana, features Meryl Streep as a daring, strong mother who must navigate a raging river to save the lives of her husband and son. Streep performed 90% of the river stunts in the film. To celebrate her son's tenth birthday, Gail, a former white water guide, takes him and his dog out West for a rafting trip. Her work-a-holic husband Tom joins them at the last moment. Gail was raised on the river and knows it intimately. They meet three "fishermen" who seem inordinately interested in Gail's knowledge of the river. In reality, the men are on the lam after robbing a cattle auction and killing two men. They are hoping to run the river past the treacherous white water stretch, the Gauntlet, and escape. The are led by the charismatic gun-toting Wade who eventually, hijacks the family. After dumping Tom and the dog upon the shore he coerces Gail to attempt the dreaded Gauntlet, which Gail has only run once before, by holding a gun to her son's head. The tension mounts as the spectacular rapids approach. Will they make it?

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Critic Reviews for The River Wild

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (14)

Audience Reviews for The River Wild

  • Sep 22, 2018
    A few times the movie flirts with being a serious examination of masculinity's futility, but ultimately its just a silly thriller that's well directed and acted enough to warrant a viewing.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2012
    Formula thrillers aren't quite my cup of tea. I can't ever really get as into the action as much as I'd like, and I find myself, for the most part, bored. On the other hand, "The River Wild" is almost never boring. It maintains a consistent tone of peril, its characters always being thrust into precarious positions. While the storyline isn't fantastic, I liked the music and the camerawork -- especially the camerawork. There's not much rewatch value here, but its enjoyable nonetheless.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Exciting, but not rewatchable
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2011
    One of my favorite movies that Kevin Bacon did...
    Deb J Super Reviewer

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