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They fight an uphill battle in hopes of winning in the end in this 80s movie. A family faces adversities while trying to survive.

River, The DVD


Tom Garvey (played by Mel Gibson) and his wife Mae (played by Sissy Spacek) are having the battle of their lives which include trying to hold on to their farm in the movie The River.

To make matters worst, their lives take a downward spiral as they have to battle with storms and holding on to their farm so that it would not get repossessed. They may not have much money, but they’ve got each other’s love, which is holding them together in the movie The River.


Tom Garvey - Mel Gibson
Mae Garvey - Sissy Spacek
Lewis Garvey - Shane Bailey
Beth Garvey - Becky Jo Lynch
Joe Wade - Scott Glenn
Senator Neiswinder - Don Hood
Harve Stanley - Billy Green Bush
Howard Simpson - James Tolkan
Hal Richardson - Bob W Douglas
Dave Birkin - Andy Stahl
Judy Birkin - Lisa Sloan
Rod Tessley - Larry D Ferrell
Sally Tessley - Susie Toomey
Lisa Tessley - Kelly Toomey
Zemke - Frank Hoyt Taylor


The movie The River was filmed in some parts of Tennessee and Alabama.

The film The River was nominated for five Academy Awards.

Academy Awards:

Sissy Spacek won for Best Actress In A Leading Role for the role of Mae Garvey in River, The.

John Williams won for Best Original Score for River, The.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie River, The was released to theatres on 12/17/1984 by Universal, and grossed $8,818,672 at the box office in the US.

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