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A very underated movie that has so much to enjoy
The acting of Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum in this movie is great. Tommy Retting was a nice addition. Marilyn was tops at this time of her career. The scenery is breathtaking. This is one of my favorite movies and the music is fantastic with Tennessee Ernie Ford singing the River of No return. Of the many movies Marilyn made this is one of my 3 favorites. She seems more relaxed and secure during this movie. Robert Mitchum was one of those few actors that was pretty great in anything he did, but Hollywood never seemed to truly appreciate what they had. All in all a good watch!!!
some of everything
- ted baer
River of No Return has all the pluses and minuses that other reviewers have commented on, and a few I would add. Monroe is at her most gorgeous, besides which she is appealing, believable, and likable, not just fascinating. She sings deliciously twice. Mitchum -- not one of my favorite stars -- is the most genuinely likable here of any film I remember, even with his tough woodsman's demeanor. Rory Calhoun is vapid, beyond handsome and glides through a character that is both appealing and repugnant. The son (name? sorry) is interesting and not cloying. Good apt casting all around. There is enough action to be intriguing and the story moves along reasonably well. The big problems plaguing the film are the not-quite-believable riverbank reconstructions and the leaden dialogue. The latter is creaky and just plain not interesting. Oh, and somehow the Indian arrows manage always and often to hit the slender posts on the raft and not voluptuous Marilyn or broad-shouldered Robert.But, with all the good and the bad, the scenery almost steals the show. The Rockies are magnificent; the river truly raging. Beautifully photographed the terrain is far above an ordinary travelogue. There is enough in this film to keep many of us interested several times.
Best wooden raft western besides Rooster Cogburn!
- Paul Salapatas
There's no doubt that the cinematography is first class.Robert Mitchum has that allure to keep you interested and Marilyn Monroe showcases her acting skills also. With the scenery at it's finest,I would have liked a better storyline.That's why I give this film 3 stars.
Dull, cheesy, and underwhelming is all I can really say. The movie does, however, have a few good moments and a surprisingly exciting conclusion. I would avoid it, unless you're a really big fan of someone involved.
As I was Saying...
- el debbo
it vacillates between stunning on-location scenery and really cheezy studio sets. The woodland/embankment scenes were ultra-fake, then they would step back onto the raft into that maelstrom. It was great to see these two icons actually rafting down a roaring, terrifying river! An OK movie to watch once.
PREMINGER, I PRESUME...
- el debbo
Nice movie. Again, Monroe shows that she's an actress, not a dope. Mitchum is great in his role. The scenery is spectacular. It vacillates between authenticity
The River of No Return
- Staci Hull-DeMoss
This is one of my favorite movies! Monroe and Mitchum performed all of the stunts going down the Colorado River throughout filming. Both never looked better! If you haven't seen this- check it out! The cinematography is beautiful and the story is heartwarming set back in the Gold Rush/Claim Stakes era; Rory Calhoun is a great villain doin' Marilyn wrong and leaving her stranded with Mitchum for a claim he won in a poker game. I love this movie!