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Where the Rivers Flow North

  • Drama
  • 1993
  • Jay Craven
  • 106 mins
  • 15

Summary

In 1927, in Kingdom County, Vermont, a large dam is to be built, however, Noel Lord, a logger and cedar-oil harvester, won't give up his lifetime lease on land that will be flooded. The dam company increases its offer of cash, but Noel refuses. He asks for a trade: a stand of pines for his lease. The company rejects that deal, but offers to make Noel a Ranger in a new park. Noel, meanwhile, talks with his Indian mate, the spirited Bangor, about their moving to Oregon and buying a saw mill. She wants him to take the company's money, but he's pig-headed. Is Noel headed for confrontation with the company and the law, or can Bangor prevail to affect a truce?

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In 1920s Vermont, a stubborn logger and landowner (a suitably ursine Rip Torn) is refusing to sell his property to the government-backed power company about to build a dam. It's not as dull as it sounds, as director Jay Craven concentrates on the relationship between Torn and his long-suffering native American housekeeper Tantoo Cardinal. The two central performances are both excellent and moving, elevating a dreary and overused premise so that, despite inappropriate cameos from Michael J Fox and Treat Williams, this is a very watchable film.

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Credits

Cast

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Noel LordRip Torn
BangorTantoo Cardinal
Wayne QuinnBill Raymond
Clayton FarnsworthMichael J Fox
Champ's ManagerTreat Williams
Loose WomanAmy Wright

Crew

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DirectorJay Craven

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Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
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