Where the River Runs Black (1986)





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This drama concerns the clash of two worlds in the person of a young boy. The small boy (Alessandro Rabelo) is the offspring of a missionary who died before the he was born, and a Native American who is later killed by white prospectors. Father O'Reilly (Charles Durning) comes to hear about the legend of the orphan born to a holy man and a "sorceress" and guesses the truth about his parentage. He manages to bring the young boy to a Catholic orphanage where the lad is confronted with "civilized" behavior and is quite shocked by it. Meanwhile, Father O'Reilly is having second thoughts as the boy indirectly teaches him something about the values of his "primitive" culture.
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Kids & Family
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Charles Durning
as Father O'Reilly
Peter Horton
as Father Mahoney
Dana Delany
as Sister Ana
Conchata Ferrell
as Mother Marta
Ajay Naidu
as Segundo
Chico Díaz
as Raimundo
Telmo Maia
as Miner in Truck
Castulo Guerra
as Orlando Santos
Ariel Coelho
as Francisco
Mario Borges
as Brother Carlos
Marcelo Rabelo
as Lazaro at 4 Years
Divana Maria Brandao
as Eagle Woman
Sandro Soviatt
as Calmanero
Geraldo Salles
as Priest in Confessional
Raimundo Carvalho
as Waika man
Richardo Jose Matos
as Ice Cream Vendor
Paulo Quindere
as Man getting shoeshine
C. David Russel
as Floyd Jenkins
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Concerns the clash between Indian and white cultures, the low tolerance of organized religion, and the bonds which can be established between dolphins and human beings

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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