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Re: "A River runs through it"

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That movie reminds me a lot of my brother, dad and myself, despite going down different paths at times in our lives, we could always come back and fly fish


That movie inspires me to fly fish more, like I mentioned in the OP. Sas, lots of good stuff in that movie. The dad's a pastor who goes fishing as much as he reads the Bible?

How fly fishing brings fams together. How God's wonder is there in those beautiful Montana streams?

I don't like to read a long word filled book that much? Way too much "filler" for me! If they had a "Cliff's Notes" version of A River runs through it, I might read that?

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Saw the movie when it was in the theater with a bunch of my fishing buddies from when I was younger.

None of us criticized it, but we all agreed to go fishing together the next day. Now we're scattered all over the country, but we still get together to fish once a year - at least some of us. We've lost a few along the way...



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I have to agree with Dwight. I think the movie is all right, but the novella is much better.



Has anyone ever both read a book and seen the movie, but actually liked the movie better?

Books can tell a story like no movie really can. The thoughts of the characters can be expressed in a book which can be a whole story on it's own. Also your own imagination paints the picture of a scene which often is far more vivid or spectacular than any movie can depict.

I've read a book first and have often been disappointed by a movie because many parts of the story are often "lost" in a movie. And the reverse, if I really like a movie, I can be sure I will really love the book.

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I don't like to read a long word filled book that much? Way too much "filler" for me! If they had a "Cliff's Notes" version of A River runs through it, I might read that?



It's not a long book at all. It's a novella, which is basically a short novel

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I like the book better, but the movie is ok. If it doesn't make you want to fish out west, nothing will.

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I enjoyed both the book and the movie, for different reasons. The book, in my opinion, is a masterpiece. In the movie, a beautiful story was told over 2+ hours. What many people don't realize is the book is only around 100 pages long, maybe less. You can read it in a couple of hours. I read the book in about 90 minutes while sitting in the ER with a broken ankle, waiting to be seen. Maclean has a tremendous ability to tell a story using simple, direct language. That's an art that is lost on many authors today (not just sporting authors, but all novelists).

If you haven't read it yet, grab a copy and give it a go. It's really amazing.

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I enjoyed both the book and the movie, for different reasons. The book, in my opinion, is a masterpiece. In the movie, a beautiful story was told over 2+ hours. What many people don't realize is the book is only around 100 pages long, maybe less. You can read it in a couple of hours. I read the book in about 90 minutes while sitting in the ER with a broken ankle, waiting to be seen. Maclean has a tremendous ability to tell a story using simple, direct language. That's an art that is lost on many authors today (not just sporting authors, but all novelists).

If you haven't read it yet, grab a copy and give it a go. It's really amazing.


tl;dr.......lol

Actually, +1

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I think Ill throw my 2 cents here LOL

I have never read the book but definitely WANT to. I will have to say that this movie is one of my favorite movies out there. To me, this movie is not only about FF, but also Norman Mcleans life. I always took as a biography of sorts. Yeah the fishing is definitely staged, the backdrops are awesome. To see how 2 young boys started the lifestyle of FF at very young ages and never forgot their roots and see one river as "their Home" reminds me of what life is supposed to be like. How simple it is and how families can be boinded by one certain thing. I love FF, I started when I was in my 20s. Not because of the movie, but because my father taught me a new way to fish. I find myself wishing I was out on the river when I watch it. If this movie did in fact bring "yuppies" to the stream, the so be it, More people enjoying our sport. Maybe a few stayed, maybe a few didnt. Does it really matter? IMHO no it doesnt. The movie was great in my mind, and I cant wait to read the book as I am sure it is just as great if not better.

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I don't like to read a long word filled book that much? Way too much "filler" for me! If they had a "Cliff's Notes" version of A River runs through it, I might read that?


You have no idea what you're missing out on. Not just this book, but many others as well.

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Norman's other book, "Young Men and Fire" is worth picking up,too-very technical book about a fire that killed several forest firefighters.

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I've never read a story by Norman Maclean, that was NOT enjoyable. I often times, stop and re-read a paragraph and think about, not just what the author said, but how he said it. Maclean had a great way of saying things. IMHO.

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I am definitely a fan of the movie. It makes me think about the bigger picture of things and how fly fishing can be an escape. I've got the book on my shelf, but have yet to read it. I plan on doing so at some point.

Incidentally, the actor who plays Norman Maclean, Craig Sheffer, is a south-central PA native. He grew up in York, PA and graduated from Central York High School. Just a little piece of trivia, since this is a PA fishing site.

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I have seen the movie at least 100 times. Its one of my favorite of all time. I can just about state every line of the movie, am I weird..maybe. The book is very good, I am not much of a reader of novels but I enjoyed it. You know the river they claim the big blackfoot is not really the big blackfoot in the movie?

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"It is my love poem to my family," Maclean said in 1986. "It is a story of the tragedy of my family."

It seemed to me that the family tragedy comes through in the book. In the movie, maybe not so much.

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"It is my love poem to my family," Maclean said in 1986. "It is a story of the tragedy of my family."

It seemed to me that the family tragedy comes through in the book. In the movie, maybe not so much.


Dear troutbert,

Funny, but that is exactly how I saw the movie. It wasn't about fly fishing but rather the story of a dysfunctional family. Flyfishing was nothing more than a backdrop to the real story.

And I've never read the book.

Regards,

Tim Murphy

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