A good film for the viewer who isn't interested in being entertained but is willing to be thrown into the muck of the problems facing hard-working American farmers. Strong, stubborn Tom Garvey (Mel Gibson) has been working his family farm since his youth. He and Mae (Sissy Spacek), his
"stand by your man" wife, are struggling to maintain their way of life against terrible odds. The elements are not on their side, and neither is local kingpin Joe Wade (Scott Glenn), who wants to build a dam on the river that runs through the Garvey acreage. Wade intends to use his clout to buy
out all the farmers who stand in his way, then flood their lands in order to make a reserv...