The River Blu-ray Review – 1984 Mel Gibson & Sissy Spacek Drama

It’s time for The River blu-ray review which recently released. This one stars Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek.

Let’s find out it The River (1984) is worth swimming or now.

  • The River (1984)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Directed by Mark Rydell
  • Written by Robert Dillon & Julian Barry
  • Music by John Williams
  • Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Final Cut Entertainment
  • Stars: Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn


The Garvey family are farmers located in Tennessee, times are tough and money tight. When river that flows by the farm floods the entire area the bank refuses to lend any more money. This leads Tom Garvey (Mel Gibson) to leave the farm and seek work at a steel mill, leaving his wife Mae (Sissy Spacek) and the children to run the farm.

If that wasn’t bad enough local businessman Joe Wade (Scott Glenn) has designs on both Tom’s wife and farm.

Style / Direction

The River is a pretty well shot film, with plenty of beautiful scenery contrasted against the harsh world of the steel mill.

Music / Audio Effects

Functional but not memorable

Acting / Characters

This is a drama and that means the relationships of the three main characters are at the heart of the film.

Mel Gibson plays farmer Tom Garvey a guy with the world on his shoulders and a role he plays very well. The same goes for Sissy Spacek as Mae Garvey. Add the bad guy into the mix a certain Joe Wade (Scott Glenn) and you have all the key players.

The acting is pretty good all-round and is the main reason to keep watching.

Conclusion: The River (1984) Film Review

The story is ok I guess but its Mel Gibson performance that adds just enough energy to keep you interested. It’s one those films you feel you know how it will end right from the start. In essence this is a story or the regular guy battling to stay in business against local business greed.

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Conclusion: The River Blu-ray Review

The general picture quality is pretty good however every now and again there are a couple of black marks and white flickers. The good news is it doesn’t overly get in the way of enjoying the film but nonetheless it’s another example of a film needing a pretty basic clean-up and not receiving it.

Extras – None

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The River (1984)

Popcorn Cinema Rating: The River (1984)



The River (1984) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with the trailer…

Clip not be representative of the Blu-ray version

That’s my The River blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film leave them in the comment section.

What Do You Think?
Summary: The River (1984) Blu-ray Review
The River (1984)

Movie title: The River (1984)

Duration: 124 mins

Director(s): Mark Rydell

Actor(s): Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn

Genre: Drama

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Rating


An emotionally charged fight against businessman greed. The Blu-ray picture could and should be better.