Directed by Robert Redford, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT employs picture-postcard scenery as a backdrop for a mildly engaging family melodrama. Norman (Craig Sheffer) and Paul MacLean (Brad Pitt) grow up in a Montana town under the stern but loving guidance of their Presbyterian minister
father, Reverend MacLean (Tom Skerritt), and soft-spoken mother (Brenda Blethyn). After school lessons, the Reverend lets the boys share his greatest passion--fly fishing. To the elder MacLean, the sport is almost a religion. Young Paul is continually rebelling against the Reverend, while Norman
is the responsible son. When they grow up, Norman goes away to college and Paul stays in Mon...