|Starring:||Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ed O'Neill|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers|
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Oct 2002|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, Italian|
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Superb thrillerBy eando from London , 21 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]A group of city-dwelling friends decide to take a canoe trip along an untamed Appalachian river that is about to be flooded by the local mining company.
They are lead, somewhat naively, by Lewis (Burt Reynolds) who is a strapping mans-man type. He believes that this river is an example of the dwindling, primeval environment that American industry is slowly destroying and that their trip will be its perfect swan-song.
His three companions are far less rugged: Ed (Jon Voight) is the affable neighbourly sort, Bobby (Ned Beatty) is the chubby salesman who is eager for acceptance but has a cowardly streak and Drew (Ronny Cox) is the capitulated suburban hippy (complete with guitar) who still believes he has a kinship with his fellow man.
What they all underestimate is that while the landscape may look very pretty (and John Boorman's direction does a fantastic job of this) it is as wildly unforgiving as it is beautiful.
This film has been a favourite of mine ever since I accidentally stumbled upon it on ITV late one night some years ago. Voight and Reynolds are excellent and are backed-up by magnificent, if a little more understated, performances by Beatty and Cox. I urge you to see this film but should warn you that camping trips will never seem the same again.
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You've got a real pretty smileBy pompeyhater (15 reviews) , 15 Apr 2013Classic 70s shocker with voight and Reynolds leading a group of friends down river and comming up against a couple of inbred mountain men with nasty consequences.
"Don't push the river" (Van Morrison)By bohobabe (7 reviews) from Northampton , 30 Nov 2012I found the film entertaining and I certainly gave a few 'ooohs' and 'aaahs' during it! There were even a couple of scenes where I had to cover my eyes and peek through my fingers if/when I dared...
The DVD includes a running commentary of the whole film given by the director 30 years on. This was very interesting and I would recommend watching that at some stage after seeing the film.
It truly deliversBy RJNeb2 (923 reviews) from London , 24 Oct 2012It was just supposed to be a pleasant canoeing trip between 4 friends before a river was to be flooded to make way for a new dam. Instead it turned out to be a nightmare journey into darkness and incontestable proof of the power of nature over man. The abiding feeling that you come away with in this stark and gripping film is one of dread Boorman loads the dice so expertly, even something as innocent as a child playing a banjo is filled with ominous portent. The finest film in this particular directors canon, its a masterclass in sustained tension.
Burt, you weren't a bad actor once!By Primestop (16 reviews) , 20 Oct 2012Looking a bit dated, but still a great movie. Worth watching for the famous guitar/banjo duel alone. A trailblazer for all future river based action movies. Burt Reynolds was at his prime here, I don't think he did anything better.
I bet you can squeal like a pigBy Bassman71 (618 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 25 Jul 2012Woodland going to fill in with lake, four men decide to canoe the river one last time, meet the locals, he got a real pretty mouth.
John Boormans hugely influential redneck drama which still is quite shocking all these years on.
It builds the characters up nicely with four different personalities which change over the course of the film due to the circumstances and with all four actors in outstanding form.
It looks beautiful too with the rivers and landscapes hiding away the darker secrets and backed up by some lovely music which includes the now infamous Duelling Banjos.