Underrated


I'm a pretty big Mel Gibson fan, yet somehow only got around to watching this film today. I figured it was some worthless piece of trash, as no one ever talks about it. But I was thoroughly surprised to see something this amazing. The deer scene alone is just... beyond cool. Scott Glen and Sissy Spacek are wonderful in this movie. Maybe its no masterpiece, but it's DEFINITELY underrated and overlooked from what I can tell. Go out and rent it if you haven't, its worth it.

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I agree. I went to the theater with my folks to see it when I was 13, and it was over my head. Saw it recently, and loved it. Definitely a great movie!

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I couldn't agree more. I've just saw this movie today and it's amazing!

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I watched the DVD yesterday and just loved the film. I liked this family of Tom, Mae, Lewis, and Beth very much. This film is amazing. How come the character who played Beth appeared in this movie only? She was adorable. I liked the Tom and Mae scenes too (You look really handsome). And the scenes when Beth rode the horse, Beth held the lamp for Tom.

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No, it's no masterpiece, but it is a very good film, nonetheless. It still holds up well after all these years. There are some preachy moments, some artificial moments. But on the whole, the film was quite effective. I thought it was much better than Country, although not as good as Places in the Heart (which is a hard, hard act to follow).

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Comparing it with Jessica Lange's "Country", I found "The River" a bit sunnier somehow, maybe due to the happy ending. Country was a bit harder and seemed a little more realistic because of it; I also liked how Jewel was the one who essentially ran the farm business and the family, in essence. Then again, it was her family farm. Spacek did a nice job as the emotional core of her family, and I liked how Tom went off in search of work; the factory storyline was an excellent addition.

Both are on my favourites list, each with their own particular merits.

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I've never seen this movie start to finish but caught the deer scene today when I was channel surfing. It was very powerful. I wanted to cry because it was obviously scared out of it's mind. Ironically, the same exact thing happened to all the scabs as they left the factory. Surrounded, scared out of their minds, not knowing what would happen. Very intense scene.

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It's a fabulous film.

Sissy is as brilliant and always, Mel Gibson & Scott Glenn are drop-dead gorgeous and the kids are star actors.

Touching, sad, thoughful. They don't make films like this anymore.

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People who like this film, need to once and for all, realise. YOU have POOR taste in films. Obviously YOU will never accept this, but it is true.)

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I've never seen this movie start to finish but caught the deer scene today when I was channel surfing. It was very powerful. I wanted to cry because it was obviously scared out of it's mind. Ironically, the same exact thing happened to all the scabs as they left the factory. Surrounded, scared out of their minds, not knowing what would happen. Very intense scene.



Responding to an old post, but that deer scene and the scab scene was definitely alike. Surrounded and scared. Great analogy.



"Please let me keep this memory, just this one." ~ Joel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Mel Gibson doesn't have a single bad film and I've seen all of it.

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