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This socially conscious family farm drama from director Mark Rydell was his follow up to the Oscar-winning Mark Rydell (1981). Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek star as Tom and Mae Garvey, struggling Tennessee farmers constantly one step away from foreclosing. Their farm sits next to a river that both nourishes their land and constantly threatens to overflow its banks and destroy their crops. The Garveys sell some of their equipment for obscenely low prices at a foreclosure auction, at which some of their neighbors are forced to give up everything they own. The stoic Tom takes a job as a scab at a mill where the union workers are striking. Meanwhile, Mae has a platonic flirtation with local bank manager Joe (Scott Glenn), who saves her life when she's trapped under a heavy piece of farm equipment. Tom's homecoming is cut short by a flood, but the raging waters allow him to become a hero to his family again. The River was the third in a trio of dramas depicting the plight of the American family farmer released that same year. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kay Rose Special Achievement 1984 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nick Alphin Best Sound 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Portman Best Sound 1984 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Original Score 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vilmos Zsigmond Best Cinematography 1984 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sissy Spacek Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sissy Spacek Best Actress 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Ronne Best Sound 1984 Nominee

Cast

Mel Gibson
as Tom Garvey
Sissy Spacek
as Mae Garvey
Shane Bailey
as Lewis Garvey
Scott Glenn
as John Wade
Don Hood
as Sen. Neiswinder
James Tolkan
as Howard Simpson
Billy Green Bush
as Harvey Stanley
Andy Stahl
as Dave Birkin
Lisa Sloan
as Judy Birkin
Susie Toomey
as Sally Tessley
Kelly Toomey
as Lisa Tessley
Ivan Green
as Smoot
Jim Antonio
as Dan Guamer
Amy Rydell
as Betty Gaumer
David Hart
as Harley
Barry Primus
as Roy
Jack Starrett
as Swick
Charlie Robinson
as Truck
Dean Whitworth
as Doctor
Gary Gershaw
as Drifter
Andy Stahl
as Dave Birkin
Susie Toomey
as Sally Tessley
Charlie Robinson
as Truck
Barry Primus
as Roy
Amy Rydell
as Betty Gaumer
David Hart
as Harley
Kelly Toomey
as Lisa Tessley
Ivan Green
as Smoot
Dean Whitworth
as Doctor
Jack Starrett
as Swick
Jim Antonio
as Dan Guamer
Billy Green Bush
as Harvey Stanley
Lisa Sloan
as Judy Birkin

Crew

Mark Rydell
Director
Julian Barry
Screenwriter
Robert Dillon
Screenwriter
Robert Dillon
Screen Story
Vilmos Zsigmond
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Sid Levin
Editor
Norman Newberry
Production Designer
Charles Rosen
Production Designer
Norman Newberry
Art Director
Jane Bogart
Set Designer
Joe Tompkins
Costume Designer
David Ronne
Sound/Sound Designer
Stan Parks
Special Effects
Jerry Ziesmer
First Assistant Director
Mario Roberts
Stunts
Lynn Stalmaster
Casting
Kay Rose
Sound Editor
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