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River of No Return [DVD] [1954]


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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig, Murvyn Vye
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086O9IWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,028 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum star as a dance hall singer and widowed farmer who both become victims of a treacherous gambler. Abandoned in the Northwest wilderness, Kay (Monroe), Matt (Mitchum) and Matt's young son face a host of untold dangers, including relentless Indian attacks and a perilous journey down a raging river. Fighting for survival and justice in the rugged terrain, Kay and Matt form an unexpected bond as they both realise there's no turning back.

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The dew of new stardom was still visible on Marilyn Monroe when she ventured up to Canada to shoot River of New Return (1954), a sturdily entertaining CinemaScope Western. Although director Otto Preminger later claimed little interest in the picture, he couldn't help but bring his even-handed visual style to the widescreen process. The location shooting (in Alberta) is eye-filling, and that river really does look alarming. Best of all, a fresh and vital Marilyn had a costar to match her magnetism but not humour her sometimes scattered approach to acting. Robert Mitchum, as a homesteader with a dark past, is weighty enough to stand next to MM's bright flame without giving any ground; they should have worked together again. Since Marilyn plays a saloon singer, she gets to croon some tunes in her inimitable style, with as much glamour as the gold rush-era trappings will allow, giving "I'm Going to File My Claim" previously unexplored shades of meaning. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2009
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" The River of no Return"(54) was filmed in glorious Technicolor and cinemascope. It unashamedly exploits the natural splendors of mountains, trees, rivers and especially that great force of nature Marilyn Monroe. It is set in the days of the gold rush in the Canadian North West. It was filmed in the beautiful Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada which helped the impressive cinematography tremendously.

Marilyn Monroe stars as a saloon girl who can sing very nicely indeed. So much so that this film can be considered a musical adventure. Her opening song "One Silver Dollar" is especially enjoyable. She is involved with a gambler/drifter played by Rory Calhoun in perhaps his best screen role. He is extremely good in this raffish role, and tends to steal the limelight from the better known stars. Mitchum rescues the pair from drowning and looks after them. Later Calhoun in a most ungracious act knocks Mitchum over the head and steals his horse and rifle. This leaves Mitchum, his son and Marilyn in something of a fix as the Indians are on the warpath. They use a raft to take after Calhoun down the river. On the way Mitchum quite sensibly lusts after Monroe. What red blooded male wouldn't? Of course he meets up with Calhoun again for a less than friendly chat.

Both Otto Preminger the director and Marilyn Monroe were forced to make this film against their wishes due to contractual obligations. They both had deep reservations about the script. But despite this the film was a box office hit. Monroe and Preminger fell out during filming and Mitchum took over the communication role. Mitchum as usual exudes his sleepy brand of masculinity in the film whilst Monroe takes femininity to Mt Everest heights. Her saloon girl dress is certainly an eye opener for the male viewer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2009
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"The River of no Return"(54) was filmed in glorious Technicolor and cinemascope. It unashamedly exploits the natural splendors of mountains, trees, rivers and especially that great force of nature Marilyn Monroe. It is set in the days of the gold rush in the Canadian North West. It was filmed in the beautiful Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada which helped the impressive cinematography tremendously.

Marilyn Monroe stars as a saloon girl who can sing very nicely indeed. So much so that this film can be considered a musical adventure. She is involved with a gambler/drifter played by Rory Calhoun in perhaps his best screen role. He is extremely good in the role and tends to steal the limelight from the better known stars. Mitchum rescues the pair from drowning and looks after them. Later Calhoun in a most ungracious act knocks Mitchum over the head and steals his horse and rifle. This leaves Mitchum, his son and Marilyn in something of a fix as the Indians are on the warpath. They use a raft to take after Calhoun down the river. On the way Mitchum quite sensibly lusts after Monroe. What red blooded male wouldn't? Of course he meets up with Calhoun again for a less than friendly chat.

Both Otto Preminger the director and Marilyn Monroe were forced to make this film against their wishes due to contractual obligations. They both had deep reservations about the script. But despite this the film was a box office hit. Monroe and Preminger fell out during filming and Mitchum took over the communication role. Mitchum as usual exudes his sleepy brand of masculinity in the film whilst Monroe takes femininity to Mt Everest heights. Her saloon girl dress is certainly an eye opener for the male viewer. The film has many good moments like the excellent songs and gorgeous cinematography.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By whitley@clara.co.uk on 30 April 2001
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What can i say? from the moment the film opens and you see The Canadian mountains in colour you know you are in for a treat.Marilyn is amazing, she looks beautiful and i have got to say she looks good in jeans.The four songs she sings 'River Of No Return','I'm Gonna File My Claim','Down In The Meadow'and 'A Fine Romance'show Marilyns vocals off to great effect. She comes across as a real star and you cant help but be drawn into the film from start to finish. The river scenes are amazing and to think Marilyn was actually on the raft in the roughest places. If you want to see a Marilyn Monroe film watch this one you wont be disapointed.
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W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L-!! A delicious, heart-warming musical western with Marilyn Monroe at her most beautiful! This is one of my favourite films. Below, more of my impressions with some SPOILERS.

Northwestern USA, 1875. Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) is a man of few words, tough as nails and very discreet about his shady past. He was for many years estranged from his family and his wife died in the meantime. Now he finally reunites with his 10-years old son Mark and is firmly decided to become a honest farmer. A sudden Indian war will force him to abandon his recently build home and run (or rather navigate) for his life, in company of his son and Kay, a saloon dancer (Marilyn Monroe) - and the only way to escape is through a wild, deadly waterway local Indians called River of No Return... This film tells the story of this desperate wilderness travel by those three very different and ill assorted people...

Made in 1954 and directed by none other than Otto Preminger for whom it was, I believe, the first and only western in his career, "River of no return" is an exceptionally beautiful, enchanting film. The river itself provides a lot of magic, as it is simply majestic in its calmer parts and terrifying when it speeds up and shows its anger and might. Even more magic is added by the "river call" - a discreet eerie song heard every morning, to mark the beginning of a new day and of a new chapter in the wilderness travel. We can indeed hear this river call us...

For my personal taste this is the film in which Marilyn Monroe beauty shines THE MOST!
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