123 Min | Drama | December 1992
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Robert Redford
Starring: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt
A River Runs Through It Review: Based on the memoirs of Norman MacLean, American literary scholar, A River Runs Through It is a memoir of him growing up in early 20th Century Montana as the son of a preacher, along with his younger brother. Craig Sheffer plays the young MacLean and his brother Paul is played by Brad Pitt. The parents are played by Tom Skerritt and Brenda Blethyn. With some introductory material showing the characters as children and how their personalities developed, most of the film is concentrated on young Norman MacLean’s first summer back in Missoula, Montana with the family after six years at the University Of Chicago. While Sheffer has been studying for his degrees, Pitt has taken a job as a reporter on a local paper.
In A River Runs Through It, Pitt had a reckless streak as a youngster and its become more pronounced as a young man. He’s taken with some reckless habits, this was in fact the Roaring Twenties and Pitt is quite the child of that era. The only thing that father and both sons have in common is the love that Skerritt instilled in his sons for dry fly fishing. It’s in those scenes that the family comes together. Robert Redford got a real family feeling for the players portraying the MacLean family. Redford who grew up in the west also has a real feel for the environment. No accident that A River Runs Through It won an Oscar for Best Cinematography. It was also nominated for Best Musical Scoring and Best Adapted Screenplay from another medium.
A River Runs Through It was a big career boost for Brad Pitt. For a guy who admittedly has some outstanding looks which no doubt first got people’s attention, Brad Pitt has shown an astonishing range of character development on the screen. Paul MacLean is as different from Heinrich Harrer, from Joe Black and a whole lot of others. In his 20 or so years of stardom, go down the list of roles and they range the gamut of the human experience. And if you’re not a particular Brad Pitt fan, you’ll enjoy A River Runs Through It for the great nature cinematography that is the heart of this film.