River of No Return

River of No Return

DVD - 2006
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After his wife dies, Matt Calder and his young son begin a new life in the breathtaking, rugged Northwest wilderness, where Calder is robbed and beaten by ruthless gambler Harry Weston. When Weston's beautiful fiancée then decides to nurse Calder back to health, the insanely jealous Weston risks their lives by taking them all on a ride down a treacherous river in this spectacular looking western.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2006
Call Number: DVD F RIVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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it says something that lassieboy stole the picture. maybe two rebels together a romance they do not make. the realest scene was when the mounted Indians were silhouetted in the mountains, above our heroes.

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 28, 2017

VERY GOOD 1954 Otto Preminger directed film with Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum.
I was quite engaged while viewing and enjoyed the plot, the acting, especially the western outdoor cinematography (much shot in Canada) with fab mountains, rivers, etc., excellent western town settings including saloons, tent cities, and more, and also the many outfits the cast members wore as plot progressed.

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Derringer
Mar 21, 2017

Set in the year 1875 - River Of No Return (filmed in 1954) was something of a "Father & Son" tale where Robert Mitchum feigns toughness, Marilyn Monroe lip-syncs her songs, and Tommy Rettig (as Mitchum's on-screen boy) actually steals the show in this film's climatic finale.

*Note of Interest* - All of the exterior scenes for River Of No Return were shot in the magnificent Canadian Rockies, which included Banff National Park, as well.

Anyways - Considering all of the high-potential that clearly prevailed in River Of No Return, if you ask me, this picture certainly could have (and should have) been a helluva lot better than it was. When it comes right down to it - I put a lot of the blame for this film's disappointment factor squarely on the shoulders of its director, Otto Preminger.

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LuvReadingStuff
Aug 16, 2016

This is a really different role for Marilyn to play. I enjoyed this movie. The prized possession for Marilyn's character is a pair of red shoes.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 06, 2016

I wouldn't go so far as to call it a turkey, but it is a little underwhelming considering the talent involved. It's a routine, somewhat plodding western enlivened by two icons: Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. The formidable Austrian director Otto Preminger is behind the camera and although he directed his share of classics ("Laura," "Anatomy of a Murder"), he doesn't really have a handle on the western. Some nice Canadian landscapes and certainly worthwhile for Mitchum and Monroe. Preminger also directed Mitchum in "Angel Face."

kevfarley Mar 04, 2015

This is is awful !

...when I got this NYPL disc home and put this movie in the DVD player...and the screen says: "NOT FORMATTED FOR THIS REGION" !!?? ( Even though it states "Region #1", ie. 'North America', on the DVD jacket !!?)

I have watched a thousand other New York Public Library DVDs on my Panasonic Region 1 DVD Player,.. but this one makes it 32 TIMES that a film has have come up as "NOT FORMATTED..." etc. !

I waited a VERY long time to get this highly recommended film.
Having this happen is so VERY DISAPPOINTING !! I really wanted to see this movie. And I know that ALL the NYPL copies of it will have this same problem !!

WHY is the New York Public Library buying DVD's that are "NOT FORMATTED.." to be viewed in this region ?
Has this ever happened to anyone else out there ??

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 20, 2015

If you seriously think that teaming up 2 of Hollywood's biggest, most bankable and hottest stars of the 1950s together in the same picture would totally ignite sparks of pure ecstasy flying this way, and that, then think again.

Unfortunately for us all - In "River Of No Return", any on-screen chemistry that was generated between Mitchum & Monroe amounted to being nothing more than a complete fizzle, and that was about all.

I'd say that a lot of this picture's glaring faults rested squarely on the shoulders of its demanding director, Otto Preminger, who obviously understood nothing about the advantage and benefit of filming its dynamically attractive stars in close-ups. In my opinion, close-ups are a vitally important part of producing a real quality picture.

Another serious problem that plagued this film's story was that way-way too many of its scenes set in the beautiful outdoors were actually shot in front of back-projection screens. This, to me, was a sure-fire way of thoroughly sabotaging an adventure film that featured such grand and majestic scenery as this one did.

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angel_heart
Mar 25, 2013

I love the way she sings. It was said she had a waif of a voice. I disagree. I used to go to rockabilly s dressed like her and win contests. She is part of me, but no one will ever be like her.

There is one part of the film where it looks more like rape. That's the only part I had trouble with.

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66BENN
Jan 21, 2013

Marilyn Monroe is sultry, especially given that this was 1954 (?); provocative clothing and postures and actions. Only Marilyn could be tempting while she is getting DRESSED--nice device by the great director Otto Preminger. There is a lot unsaid during the massage scence with her and Mitchum.

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