A River Runs Through It


Character: Paul Maclean
Release Date: 9 October 1992
Directed By: Robert Redford
Written By: Norman Maclean, Richard Friedenberg
Genre: Biography/Drama
Tagline: –
MPAA Rating: PG
Produced by: Allied Filmmakers
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Budget: –
Filming Dates: –

Craig Sheffer…Norman Maclean
Brad Pitt…Paul Maclean
Tom Skerritt…Rev. Maclean
Brenda Blethyn…Mrs. Maclean
Emily Lloyd…Jessie Burns
Edie McClurg…Mrs. Burns
Stephen Shellen…Neal Burns

Filming Locations:
Bozeman, Montana, USA
Granite Falls, Wyoming, USA
Livingston, Montana, USA
Montana, USA

A true story about two boys, Norman and Paul, growing up in Montana. One is rebellious of his father, Rev. Maclean, while the other has his feet on the ground. The one love they both have is fly fishing

Trivia & Facts:
‘William Hurt’ wanted to play the role of Paul Maclean and once went fishing with Norman Maclean in Montana. When Hurt asked if he’d fished well enough to portray his brother, Maclean replied: “Well, Bill, you’re a pretty good fisherman but not good enough to be my brother.”

Trout used in the movie were pond-raised in Montana and were kept in a specially aerated and cooled tank truck until their big moment in front of the cameras. No hooks were used, and no blood was drawn. A line was tied to each fish’s lower jaw under the careful observance of the Montana Humane Society.

None of the actors had ever fly fished before making the movie.

Though she plays Stephen Shellen’s mother in the film, ‘Edie McClurg’ is only six years older.

Robert Redford courted author Norman Maclean for years to gain the rights to his autobiographical novella.

Elmer Bernstein wrote the original score for this film. However, it was rejected by director Robert Redford and so Mark Isham composed a new one.

The poem that Norman and his father recite is an excerpt from ‘Ode: Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood’ by William Wordsworth.

Even though the film claims that it is filmed in Missoula, it is actually filmed in and around Livingston and Big Timber, Montana. Many of the fishing scenes were filmed in the Boulder River Valley, south of Big Timber.

At one point, this was considered as a vehicle for Lloyd Bridges and his two sons, Beau and Jeff.

From the gallery

Paul: Oh, I’ll never leave Montana, brother.

Norman: You’re late, Neal.
Neal Burns: Yeah, yeah, I didn’t get in until late.
Paul: Well, I didn’t get in at all but I was here.
Norman: Neil, Paul. Paul, Neil.
Paul: Neal, in Montana there’s three things we’re never late for: church, work and fishing.

Paul: Couldn’t you find him?
Norman: The hell with him.
Paul: Well, I thought we were supposed to help him.
Norman: How the hell do you help that son of a bitch?
Paul: By taking him fishing.
Norman: He doesn’t like fishing. He doesn’t like Montana and he sure as hell doesn’t like me.
Paul: Well, maybe what he likes is somebody trying to help him.

Norman: I’m in deep trouble.
Paul: Yep. Want me to come over and protect you?

Paul: Hello, Jess.
Jesse: Hey, Paul.

Paul: How’s your brother?
Jesse: You both left him alone.
Paul: Well, I’m sorry about that. That was my fault.
Jesse: Well, you’re not forgiven.
Paul: Was Norman forgiven?
Jesse: Norman’s not funny.

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