A River Runs Through It


2h 3m 1992
A River Runs Through It

Brief Synopsis

A preacher's sons, one serious, one wild, look out for each other while growing up in rural Montana.

Film Details

Also Known As
Där floden flyter fram, River Runs Through It
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Period
Sports
Release Date
1992
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/SONY PICTURES RELEASING
Location
Paradise Valley, Montana, USA; Livingston, Montana, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Synopsis

Set in Montana between 1910 and 1935, the story reflects on the communication gap between two brothers and their minister father, all of whom love fly-fishing.

Crew

Dwight Adair

Dialogue Coach

Robert W Adams

Dolly Grip

Meg Aeby

Other

Dennis Aig

Other

Larry Alexander

Transportation Coordinator

Thomas Allen

Carpenter

Johnny Almaraz

Choreographer

Allen Alsobrook

Post-Production Supervisor

David Amberik

Driver

Amelia C Andrews

Costumes

John Anklow

Production Assistant

C J Appel

Adr Editor

Braden Aro

Carpenter

Michael Atwell

Foreman

Bob Auger

Special Thanks To

Terry Austin

Advisor

James Babineaux

Best Boy

Sandina Bailo-lape

Foley Editor

Jason Baker

Carpenter

Kara Baker

Script Supervisor

Teresa A Baldus

Other

Jerry Ballew

Unit Production Manager

Tony Ballew

Driver

Lori A Balton

Location Manager

Cap Barbell

Special Thanks To

Elizabeth Barber

Costumes

Karla Barghultz

Driver

Elizabeth Barnett

Other

Daniel W. Barringer

Stunts

Marsha Barton

Wardrobe

Donah Bassett

Negative Cutting

Donald Beach

Security

Beth Bernstein

Art Department Coordinator

Jean Black

Makeup Artist

Marshall Bloom

Advisor

Sara Bolder

Dialogue Editor

Jason Borger

Stunts

Jason Borger

Storyboard Artist

Robert Bowler

Carpenter

Christopher Boyes

Foley Recordist

Stuart Bratesman

Researcher

Dean Brown

Researcher

Susan Brown

Casting Associate

J. Stephen Buck

Assistant Director

Dixie Bullock

Other

Kim Burns

Production Assistant

Rain Burns

Special Thanks To

David Burton

Stunts

Tom Cajka

Special Thanks To

Dave Cary

Other

John M Ceniceros

On-Set Dresser

George M Chappell

Electrician

Len Codella

Special Thanks To

Bill Coleman

Photography

Peggy Coleman

Other

Clayton Collins

Sound Effects Editor

Irving Conn

Song

George Cooper

Costumes

George Croonenberghs

Technical Advisor

Theresa Curtin

Assistant

Michael D'imperio

Props Assistant

Tracy Keehn Dashnaw

Stunts

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Robert Deschane

Adr Mixer

John Dietsch

Production Coordinator

John Dietsch

Stunts

Mort Dixon

Song

Helen S Dollan

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Robert M Dougherty

Other

Francois Duhamel

Photography

Giles Dunning

Assistant Camera Operator

Kathy Durning

Music Editor

Alexander Eberts

Other

Alexander Eberts

Video Assist/Playback

Jake Eberts

Executive Producer

Annie Ellis

Stunts

Jack English

Gaffer

Michael S. Epley

Grip

Gunnar Erickson

Special Thanks To

Paul Erickson

Other

Robert Estrin

Editor

Mike Fantasia

Assistant Location Manager

Linda Farahi

Accounting Assistant

Robert K. Feldmann

Key Grip

William Finger

Assistant Camera Operator

Greg Finton

Assistant Editor

Ken Fischer

Sound Effects Editor

Fonda Fisher

Assistant Sound Editor

Wayne Fitzgerald

Main Title Design

Justin Fonda

Grip

John Foust

Other

Carol J Francoso

Other

Adam C Frank

Assistant Editor

Ellen Freund

Property Master

Richard Friedenberg

Screenplay

Andy Froemke

Other

David Froemke

Other

Miranda Garrison

Choreographer

Ed George

Camera Assistant

Ray Gilbert

Song

Stephan Goldman

Music Producer

Taj Gombart

Production Assistant

Roger Good

Driver

Anne Gordon

Animal Trainer

Ron Gordon

Researcher

D Gorton

Photography

Scott Graves

Electrician

Jim Greenberg

Casting Associate

Shari Griffin

Other

J R Grubbs

Assistant Sound Editor

Johnny Hale

Grip

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Bruce Harris

Construction

Ruth Hasty

Assistant Sound Editor

Lawrence Heavirland

Key Grip

Ray Henderson

Song

Lee Hirsch

Special Thanks To

William Hjortsberg

Screenplay

Gina Homan

Makeup Assistant

Karen Hughes

Production Coordinator

Jon Hutman

Production Designer

Richard Hymns

Sound Editor

Mark Isham

Music

Steve Jackson

Researcher

David Jobe

Adr

Dixie Johnson

Advisor

Jeannie Johnson

Wardrobe

Jerry Johnson

Other

Prudence Johnson

Song Performer

Tom Johnson

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Marie Kaderbeck

Wardrobe Assistant

Donna Kail

Assistant

Shannon Kane

Production Accountant

Chrisi Karvonides-dushenko

Costumes

Karan Kaufman

Wardrobe

Joseph Kearney

Carpenter

Otto J Keele

Carpenter

John Kelly

Photography

Cheri Kimberly

Driver

Lisa King

Other

William Kittredge

Coproducer

Lynzee Klingman

Editor

David Knox

Driver

John Koenig

Electrician

Stephen Krause

Music

Ken Kugler

Original Music

Jonathan Swain Landreth

Production Assistant

Dwight Lavers

Dolly Grip

R John Legerski

Carpenter

Elisabeth Leustig

Casting

Alexandra Lin

Set Production Assistant

Maren Linett

Other

Margaret Liu

Assistant Editor

Doug Lobaugh

Medic

Alisa B. Lumbreras

Other

Merle Luppen

Driver

Adam Lustig

Special Thanks To

Don Macdonald

Choreographer

Lonnie Mace

Transportation Co-Captain

Norman Maclean

Source Material (From Novel)

Barbara Maltby

Coproducer

Jennifer Mangan

Assistant Editor

Craig Manhart

Assistant Location Manager

Ami Canaan Mann

Other

Ami Canaan Mann

Video

Marsha Mann-koff

Production Associate

Brian Markey

Construction Coordinator

Matthew Markey

Driver

Patrick Markey

Producer

Barbara Marko

Costumes

Roy Martin

Color Timer

Jim Martishius

Carpenter

Michael J Martishius

Other

Walter P Martishius

Art Director

Ray Maxwell

Foreman

Doug Mcclelland

Advisor

Kate Mcgowan

Assistant Editor

Judy A Meagher

Other

Anne Merrem

Assistant Production Coordinator

Carla Meyer

Dialogue Coach

Robbi Miller

Assistant

Larry Misselhorn

Other

Paul Monaco

Researcher

Ralph Moon

Advisor

Marnie Moore

Foley Artist

Susan Moore

Post-Production Supervisor

Ric Morelli

Set Production Assistant

Anne Morgan

Hair Stylist

Ted Morris

Assistant Camera Operator

Tom Myers

Sound

Leslie Neuman

Costumes

Karen O'connor

Hair Stylist

Breck O'neill

Consultant

Kathy O'rear

Costume Designer

Kaaren F Ochoa

Assistant Director

James Frank Onate

Other

Noon Orsatti

Stunts

Edward Ory

Song

Brandt Oswald

Advisor

Jenny Oznowicz

Assistant Sound Editor

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Hosted Intro

Film Details

Also Known As
Där floden flyter fram, River Runs Through It
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Period
Sports
Release Date
1992
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/SONY PICTURES RELEASING
Location
Paradise Valley, Montana, USA; Livingston, Montana, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Award Wins

Best Cinematography

1992

Award Nominations

Best Adapted Screenplay

1992

Best Score

1992

Articles

A River Runs Through It


Directed by Robert Redford, A River Runs Through It (1992) is a paean to the great outdoors of the American West, a natural, pristine landscape that Redford has helped preserve in his films and in his private life. Telling of a struggle between temperamentally opposed brothers (Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer), Redford's meditative film eschews the conventions of similar Hollywood melodramas by focusing on the way the brothers interact through the ritual of fly fishing, a practice handed down to them from their father, a strict Presbyterian minister (Tom Skerritt). Many critics noted the thematic similarities between A River Runs Through It and Redford's Oscar-winning directorial debut, Ordinary People (1980). Both films are about the challenges that test the strength of one family's bond, specifically, the bonds between fathers, sons, and brothers.

Redford got the bug to adapt Norman Maclean's autobiographical novella in 1987, when the superstar actor/director concocted a plan to produce a series of independent, low-budget films and distribute them through the Cineplex Odeon Corporation. The casting of A River Runs Through It seems to have benefited from the five years it took Redford to wrangle the project from novella to screen, because it was only by the film's October 9, 1992 U.S. release that Brad Pitt had emerged as a rising star. While Pitt's first appearance on the pop culture radar was his sizzling rumble in the backseat of a car with Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991), it was A River Runs Through It that was to be the first quality movie to rest solely on Pitt's untested shoulders. Pitt's charisma and natural charm translated well onto the screen, despite heavy competition from his other co-stars, accomplished actors Craig Sheffer, Emily Lloyd, Brenda Blethyn, and Tom Skerritt. Ironically, Pitt had experience in the proverbial black sheep's clothing as a slightly rebellious child from his family's strict Baptist household. But despite similarities to his own life and the effortless charm that he projects on screen, Pitt would comment later that the pressure to carry the film on his own name was a heavy burden. He told Rolling Stone in a retrospective interview that the role of the wayward son of the tight-knit family was one of his "weakest performances."

Redford's unerring eye in choosing the look of the film eventually earned A River Runs Through It a much deserved Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Director of Photography Phillipe Rousselot had previously served as camera assistant under Nestor Almendros, the brilliant cinematographer of Days of Heaven (1978) and Places in the Heart(1984). Based on the masterful visual compositions that comprise A River Runs Through It, Rousselot was evidently an apt pupil. After asserting himself as one of France's greatest cinematographers in the 1980s, Rousselot moved on to Hollywood and other national cinemas.

Director/Producer: Robert Redford
Producer: Patrick Markey
Screenwriter: Richard Friedenberg, Norman Maclean
Cinematographer: Philippe Rousselot
Music: Mark Isham
Editor: Robert L. Estrin, Lynzee Klingman
Production Designer: John Hutman
Costume Designer: Kathy O'Rear, Bernie Pollack
Cast: Craig Sheffer (Norman Maclean), Brad Pitt (Paul Maclean), Tom Skerritt (Reverend Maclean), Brenda Blethyn (Mrs. Maclean), Emily Lloyd (Jessie Burns), Edie McClurg (Mrs. Burns), Stephen Shellen (Neal Burns)
C-124m. Letterboxed.

by Scott McGee

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

Directed by Robert Redford, A River Runs Through It (1992) is a paean to the great outdoors of the American West, a natural, pristine landscape that Redford has helped preserve in his films and in his private life. Telling of a struggle between temperamentally opposed brothers (Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer), Redford's meditative film eschews the conventions of similar Hollywood melodramas by focusing on the way the brothers interact through the ritual of fly fishing, a practice handed down to them from their father, a strict Presbyterian minister (Tom Skerritt). Many critics noted the thematic similarities between A River Runs Through It and Redford's Oscar-winning directorial debut, Ordinary People (1980). Both films are about the challenges that test the strength of one family's bond, specifically, the bonds between fathers, sons, and brothers. Redford got the bug to adapt Norman Maclean's autobiographical novella in 1987, when the superstar actor/director concocted a plan to produce a series of independent, low-budget films and distribute them through the Cineplex Odeon Corporation. The casting of A River Runs Through It seems to have benefited from the five years it took Redford to wrangle the project from novella to screen, because it was only by the film's October 9, 1992 U.S. release that Brad Pitt had emerged as a rising star. While Pitt's first appearance on the pop culture radar was his sizzling rumble in the backseat of a car with Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991), it was A River Runs Through It that was to be the first quality movie to rest solely on Pitt's untested shoulders. Pitt's charisma and natural charm translated well onto the screen, despite heavy competition from his other co-stars, accomplished actors Craig Sheffer, Emily Lloyd, Brenda Blethyn, and Tom Skerritt. Ironically, Pitt had experience in the proverbial black sheep's clothing as a slightly rebellious child from his family's strict Baptist household. But despite similarities to his own life and the effortless charm that he projects on screen, Pitt would comment later that the pressure to carry the film on his own name was a heavy burden. He told Rolling Stone in a retrospective interview that the role of the wayward son of the tight-knit family was one of his "weakest performances." Redford's unerring eye in choosing the look of the film eventually earned A River Runs Through It a much deserved Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Director of Photography Phillipe Rousselot had previously served as camera assistant under Nestor Almendros, the brilliant cinematographer of Days of Heaven (1978) and Places in the Heart(1984). Based on the masterful visual compositions that comprise A River Runs Through It, Rousselot was evidently an apt pupil. After asserting himself as one of France's greatest cinematographers in the 1980s, Rousselot moved on to Hollywood and other national cinemas. Director/Producer: Robert Redford Producer: Patrick Markey Screenwriter: Richard Friedenberg, Norman Maclean Cinematographer: Philippe Rousselot Music: Mark Isham Editor: Robert L. Estrin, Lynzee Klingman Production Designer: John Hutman Costume Designer: Kathy O'Rear, Bernie Pollack Cast: Craig Sheffer (Norman Maclean), Brad Pitt (Paul Maclean), Tom Skerritt (Reverend Maclean), Brenda Blethyn (Mrs. Maclean), Emily Lloyd (Jessie Burns), Edie McClurg (Mrs. Burns), Stephen Shellen (Neal Burns) C-124m. Letterboxed. by Scott McGee

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Winner of the 5th annual Scripter Award, given by the Friends of the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, for the best film adaptation of a book.

Released in United States Fall October 9, 1992

Limited Release in United States October 9, 1992

Expanded Release in United States October 16, 1992

Wide Release in United States October 30, 1992

Released in United States on Video May 19, 1993

North Fork is the low-budget production arm of Wildwood Enterprises, Robert Redford's production company.

Began shooting June 17, 1991.

Completed shooting August 31, 1991.

Limited Release in United States October 9, 1992

Expanded Release in United States October 16, 1992

Wide Release in United States October 30, 1992

Released in United States on Video May 19, 1993

Released in United States Fall October 9, 1992