A River Runs Through It
Two fly-fishing brothers, straitlaced scholar Norman (Craig Sheffer) and trouble-finding gambler Paul (Brad Pitt), struggle to mollify their Presbyterian preacher father's (Tom Skerritt) lofty moral -- and fishing -- standards. Director Robert Redford's Oscar-winning, nostalgic meditation about the fierce bonds that unite and divide families is set in Montana in the early 1900s. Emily Lloyd, Stephen Shellen and Brenda Blethyn co-star.
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- Robert Redford
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1993 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- 1993 Academy Award®
- Best Cinematography
- Best Music Score nominee
- Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
PGMomentary nudity, and some language in a family drama
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
French, Portuguese, English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; cast and crew interviews; cast and crew information.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Spanish (Castilian)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Castilian): Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette; behind-the-scenes featurette; cast and crew interviews; looping video environments.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that A River Runs Through It is a 1993 Robert Redford-directed movie based on a story by Norman Maclean. Given that it's a movie set in Missoula, Mont., in the early decades of the 20th century, characters often are shown drinking whiskey and smoking cigarettes. Also, a Native American woman is referred to as an "Injun," and a character makes reference to "colored jazz." Early in the movie, two boys are shown dancing in a silly manner in front of several prostitutes lounging around behind a building. There are some fistfights -- characters are shown bloodied and bruised during and after the fights. In one scene, a character visiting from California drinks whiskey all night and well into the day and brings a prostitute with him on a fishing trip. They both pass out face down in the woods, buttocks exposed. The man is later shown trying to walk, unclothed and also with buttocks exposed, after getting a terrible sunburn.
- Sexual Content
- A character who has been drinking whiskey all night brings a prostitute with him on a fishing trip. They both pass out, and their naked rear ends are exposed. The man later is shown trying to walk, unclothed with his buttocks exposed, after getting a terrible sunburn.
- Characters get into fistfights and are shown bruised and bloodied during and after the fights.
- Native Americans are called "Injuns." One character makes reference to "colored jazz." Occasional mild profanity: "damn," "son of a bitch," "bastard."
- Social Behavior
- This film shows the importance of having a shared family pastime to sustain them through good times and bad. The love of nature is shown throughout the movie. The father of the two main characters is a preacher, and he sees God and spirituality in the forests and rivers the family loves so much.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters often are shown drinking whiskey and smoking cigarettes. In one scene, two characters pass out by the river after drinking whiskey all night and well into the next day.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it