The River Wild

The River Wild

DVD - 1998
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A woman's skills and courage are put to the ultimate test when an encounter with three mysterious strangers turns her family's white water rafting trip into a living hell
Publisher: [Universal City, Calif.] : MCA Universal Home Video, 1998
ISBN: 9780783222141
0783222149
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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LAUPOTT
Dec 21, 2016

It just reminded me of the movie Deliverance, but a really bad version.

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HerNoseInABookGal
Aug 30, 2015

Love Meryl Streep? Watch this movie. She looks hot and as always makes her character full on believable. While the plot is based on a ridiculous premise the acting and directing manage to pull it off quite well. Great frothy tense entertainment!

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lukasevansherman
Jan 22, 2014

Kevin Bacon, in a change of pace, plays a psychopath, nicknamed "Wild," in this white water action movie. It's maybe most interesting as part of the early 90s subgenre of the middle class/suburbanites in peril: "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" (same director as this),"Single White Female," "Pacific Heights," "Unlawful Entry," etc.

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jimg2000
May 21, 2013

A little short story of fantasy of a middle aged housewife. That's what the plot seemed like. BTW, the movie was released 1994 when Streep was decades younger. ... but the actions of the actors in the rapids were still visually fake.

RobertLR Apr 29, 2013

Meryl Streep is fantastic, Kevin Bacon makes for a believable bad guy and whoever trained the dog should get an award.

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Monolith
Apr 16, 2012

Gail, (Streep), a whitewater pro in her youth, and yuppie architect Tom's (Strathairn) marriage is on the rocks, (aside from the river), and Tom's work priorities are the reason, neglecting and alienating wife and son. Add some bumbling thieves - Kevin Bacon, (who's really good at playing the evil guy for some reason... I think it's his eyes), and John C. Reilly, (who's a natural for the meathead role), and some deadly whitewater and you've got the vacation from hell. Perfect cast selection. Other than "Sophie's Choice" and "Bridges of Madison County", Meryl Streep's never been more attractive as the brave, strong, glowing woman she portrays here. Great (although kinda cheezy) ending.

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rosstr100
Feb 04, 2012

A great story involving family relationships with great water sequences and excitement. Great performances by all the actors.

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Monolith
Apr 16, 2012

Wade: "I'm in charge now. I could bury you and Roarke tonight. I could do anything I want with you." Gail: "Then go ahead. Don't keep telling me how tough you are, Wade, just show me."

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