The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.
When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.
Matt Calder, who lives on a remote farm with his young son Mark, helps two unexpected visitors who lose control of their raft on the nearby river. Harry Weston is a gambler by profession and he is racing to the nearest town to register a mining claim he has won in a poker game. His attractive wife Kay, a former saloon hall girl, is with him. When Calder refuses to let Weston have his only rifle and horse, he simply takes them leaving his wife behind. Unable to defend themselves against a likely Indian attack, Calder, his son and Kay Weston begin the treacherous journey down the river on the raft Weston left behind. Written by
you don't like Westerns. Basically I don't know if they are now popular again, but this film is well worth it due to Monroe, Mitchum and the story.
Normally, I do not like John Wayne and cowboy/Indian type films,they seem too dated for today's audience, but started watching this for Monroe. She is very good, a saloon singer who hooks up with Rory Calhoun, a gambler, who wants to stakes his claim on some land reputed to have gold; There are a few skirmishes, Monroe actually sings quite well, and the interaction between her and Mitchum is believable.
All in all a nice film with some good whitewater scenes, good acting and you may even forget you are watching a western!. 9/10.
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