A River Runs Through It is a lyrical and nostalgic film from director Robert Redford (Quiz Show, Ordinary People), based on the popular autobiographical novel by Norman MacLean. The film chronicles two brothers' coming of age in early 20th-century Missoula, Montana, under the stern tutelage of their minister father (Tom Skerritt). He instils in them a love of fly fishing, which for one brother (Brad Pitt) becomes a lifelong passion even as he sets out to become a newspaperman and struggles with his addiction to gambling. The other brother, Norman (Craig Sheffer), dreams... of exploring the world outside Missoula as he falls in love with a local girl (Emily Lloyd) who also dreams of broader horizons. Soon one brother must discover the true meaning of family loyalty when the other finds himself in deeper trouble than ever before. Redford, who also narrates the film, does a masterful job in re-creating the period and in drawing out affecting performances from his young cast. An Oscar winner for Philippe Rousselot's luminescent cinematography, this is a poignant and special film. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com [show more]
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Robert Redford directs and narrates this tale of two brothers growing up in 1920s Montana. Norman (Craig Sheffer) is the responsible one who will later attend college, while Paul (Brad Pitt) is more reckless, staying at home and getting increasingly involved in a lifestyle of gambling and drinking. Together, they join their preacher father (Tom Skerritt) for long fly fishing sessions, but the apparent happiness of these occasions is eventually disrupted by Paul's carelessness, a carelessness which draws the film towards its tragic conclusion.