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The River Wild

The River Wild
The River Wild
The River Wild
  • PG-13
  • 1h 51m
  • 1994
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Hang on tight for a suspense-filled action-thriller starring Oscar® winner Meryl Streep in a stunning performance that will take your breath away! Streep portrays a former river guide who arranges a white-water rafting trip to celebrate her son's birthday and salvage her shaky marriage. Her skills and courage are soon put to the test when three mysterious strangers threaten to turn their vacation into a living hell. Also starring Kevin Bacon and David Strathairn, this "pulse-pounding thrill ride" (Rolling Stone Magazine) explodes with action, suspense and unforgettable storytelling from the director of L.A. Confidential.
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Common Sense Says
'90s action-drama sees a family rafting trip turn violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The River Wild is a 1994 action-drama with violence involving guns and knives, and occasional strong language. Tom (David Strathairn) and Gail Hartman (Meryl Streep) are on the cusp of divorce when they take a family rafting trip down the Salmon River. But soon their marriage troubles are the least of their problems when they are hijacked by two men, Wade (Kevin Bacon) and Terry (John C. Reilly), who are on the run. Gail is a positive female role model, flexing her strength and intelligence to save her family from the perils of the vicious river and the two villains. A loaded gun, knives, fists, and some hefty uses of an oar, are all used in various fight scenes, some of which end in tragedy. The language is infrequent, but does include "s--t," "d--k," and one use of "f--k." Gail bathes naked in the river, but no sensitive body parts are shown. The Hartmans use American Sign Language to communicate as the grandfather is deaf, as well as being used to outsmart the baddies. There is also some talk about the treatment of Native Americans and the environment, although both topics are only briefly discussed.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Action, Drama
  • Release Date:September 30, 1994
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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