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In a place almost untouched by time and in an age still blessed by innocence, a father and his two sons struggle to make sense of their changing relationships.
The Reverend Maclean (Tom Skerritt) is head of the family a stern man shaped by hard times in a land still largely wilderness. His sons are Norman (Craig Scheffer), serious and scholarly, and Paul (Brad Pitt), a hothead with a weakness for pretty girls and gambling. They are different but devoted and on the Big Blackfoot River they are in perfect harmony, bound by a passion for fly-fishing – the gentle, sometimes mystical art that slowly comes to symbolise their hopes and fears. Set against the stunning backdrop of Montana at the turn of the century and based on a true story, “A River Runs Through It” is as absorbing as it is enchanting an authentic American masterpiece.
Directed by Robert Redford, “A River Runs Through It” won an Academy Award® in 1993 for its breathtaking cinematography, and was acclaimed for its sensitive adaptation of Norman Maclean’s classic American novella. Many critics consider Brad Pitt’s performance, at the beginning of his acting career, to be one of his finest. The film also contains a very early performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
A moving, nostalgic drama about family and lost ideals, “A River Runs Through It” is a true modern classic.