A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying life circumstances in the untamed west of Montana in the 1920’s.
- Norman Maclean: Craig Sheffer
- Paul Maclean: Brad Pitt
- Rev. Maclean: Tom Skerritt
- Mrs. Maclean: Brenda Blethyn
- Mrs. Burns: Edie McClurg
- Neal Burns: Stephen Shellen
- Young Paul: Vann Gravage
- Rawhide: Susan Traylor
- Mabel: Nicole Burdette
- Jessie Burns: Emily Lloyd
- Murphy: William Hootkins
- Young Norman: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Narrator (Uncredited): Robert Redford
- Director of Photography: Philippe Rousselot
- Production Design: Jon Hutman
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Gary Rydstrom
- Executive Producer: Jake Eberts
- Editor: Lynzee Klingman
- Sound Effects Editor: Clayton Collins
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Tom Johnson
- Producer: Robert Redford
- Author: Norman Maclean
- Screenplay: Richard Friedenberg
- Original Music Composer: Mark Isham
- Editor: Robert Estrin
- Casting: Elisabeth Leustig
- Producer: Amalia Mato
- Producer: William Kittredge
- Executive Producer: Barbara Maltby
- Producer: Patrick Markey
- Art Direction: Walter P. Martishius
- Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau
- Costume Design: Kathy O’Rear
- Costume Design: Bernie Pollack
- Costume Design: Reese Spensley
- Special Effects: Richard Stutsman
- Special Effects: Mark Yuricich
- Supervising Sound Editor: Richard Hymns
- Assistant Sound Designer: Tom Myers
- Sound Effects Editor: Ken Fischer
- Additional Grip: Justin Fonda
- Wuchak: _**Two brothers growing up in Montana during the 20s**_
After WW1, two brothers come-of-age in the Missoula area of Montana; one prudent (Craig Sheffer) and the other imprudent (Brad Pitt). Tom Skerritt plays their father, a wise Presbyterian minister, while Emily Lloyd plays the sensible son’s potential romantic interest.
“A River Runs through It” (1992) was based on the memoir of American author Norman Maclean and is similar to “Legends of the Fall” (1994), but understandably more mundane (in a positive sense). This was Robert Redford’s third directorial effort and it was very successful. It effectively brings to life the Prohibition Era of the 20s and early 30s with their Model T’s and speakeasies.
Aside from Lloyd, Susan Traylor appears on the feminine front as a woman with, um, rather loose morals while Nicole Burdette plays the Indian lass that Pitt’s character brings to a speakeasy.
The moral is deep and a little murky, but clear if you reflect on it. Regardless, it’s a great drama that takes you back to rural America during the roaring 20s. If you like “Legends of the Fall” and “The Horse Whisperer” (1998) it’s a must.
The film runs 2 hours, 3 minutes, and was shot in western Montana (Livingston, Granite Falls & Bozeman) with one scene done in Wyoming. Needless to say, the locations are a highlight.