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The River King

Jennifer Ehle , Rachelle Lefevre , Nick Willing    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Ehle, Rachelle Lefevre, Edward Burns, Jamie King
  • Directors: Nick Willing
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: CD
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KW9JA


Nella cittadina di Haddan (New England) ha sede un'esclusiva scuola privata. Insegnanti e studenti non hanno contatti con gli abitanti del paese, ma la scuola si trova costretta ad aprire le porte al mondo esterno quando viene rinvenuto il cadavere di uno studente nel fiume che scorre nelle sue vicinanze. Tutto sembra indicare che si tratti di un suicidio, ma il poliziotto Abel Grey continuerą a indagare seguendo degli indizi che sembrano essere stati lasciati da presenze soprannaturali. Il solitario Abel sarą aiutato nel suo lavoro da Betsy, un'insegnante della scuola prossima alle nozze con un collega.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird but watchable 2 Mar 2007
At the end of this film I was left wondering 'what was all that about?'

Having said that, it's not a bad movie, but neither is it a great movie.

The premise is a kid from a posh local school is found dead in a frozen river. The cops seem uninterested, convinced he committed suicide, except for one, who is keen to pursue the case despite the apathy or his partner and superiors.

'Was it murder or suicide', 'Did he jump or was he pushed', 'Is there a supernatural element or isn't there?', 'Did the cops supress evidence or not?', 'Was he influenced by his brother's death or not?'

All these questions are unanswered. So in some ways it is unsatisfactory.

However, the acting is solid and as a whole and the movie entertains for it's duration.

If you can put up with the rest and a plot has lots of holes, give it a go.

It's not too bad and you might find what I missed!
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When the frozen body of a teenage boy is found in a stream in the facility of an exclusive boarding school Chalk Hall most just quietly assume that he committed suicide. Few people are willing to question the incident, even though local police officer, Abel (Edward Burns) is concerned that there may have been foul play. The body in the river is actually that of tormented outcast Guy Pierce (Thomas Gibson), a new student at the school.
Abel's partner Joey Tosh (John Kapelos) is more than prepared to treat the death as an accident or a suicide, but as Abel sees a small boy in the woods by the riverbank, when no one else sees him, he begins to realize that the death of Guy is probably far more than just an accident. In order to track down the truth, Abel turns to Carlin Leander (Rachelle Lefevre), a swim team member who was Gus's only apparent friend.
Carlin is shattered at Guy's death and confesses to Abel that her close friendship with Guy made her bullying boyfriend jealous, but the more significant confession is that some of the students at Chalk Hall have been involved in strange initiation rights in the woods that involve smearing each other with their own blood, even the townsfolk admit that the Hall gives them the "creeps."
As Abel uncovers this web of intrigue, he finds that Guy's death is just one more episode in a School that is has been mired in corruption and police payoffs. But Abel also has his own demons to contend with – his own brother Frank committed suicide, and as he tries to connect with his father, he must also come to terms with the terrible mistake that led to his Frank's death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The River King - a Good "Who Dun it ?" 9 Feb 2007
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There were several things which attracted me to this film. One was, that I'm a sucker for a good suspense mystery, the second reason was the presence of Jennifer Ehle, and the third was that of Ed Burns.

Directed by Nick Willing, The River Kings opens with the discovery of a young man's body shown buried under ice (this film was mostly shot in New England) in similar fashion to Nicole Kidman's 'To Die For'.

From then on it becomes the goal of detectives,one of whom is Abel, played by Ed Burns, to discover how this boy died.

The proximity of the body to an exclusive private shool and the discovery of the dead boys school scarf in the snow nearby, lead police to the school to identify the victim and to trace his last days on earth.

They discover a clandestine secret society which involves an induction organized by the older boys - known today as hazing.

So what happened to the victim ? How did he die ?

Whilst Abel suspects hazing to be the cause of death he is inexplicably warned off the idea by his Boss,his partner, and also by the schools head master, who want the matter closed and for suicide to be recorded as the cause of death.

Ed Burns, the one constant character throughout this story, was first rate as Abel Gray,Jennifer Ehle plays a teacher who teaches English and Photography and is sympathetic to Abel's opinons, is not as effective as she was in Pride and Prejudice. Her American accent is wonky despite her being half American,and I felt her talent should have been put to better use in the River King than was the case.

The teacher is asked to photograph the dead boys room (in the absence of a police photographer) and notices a shadowy figure appearing on the photographs she has taken.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waterlogged king 4 Feb 2007
A murder mystery at an elite school, wrapped in the silent chill of a snowy winter. Why not? Well, "The River King" shows that a movie needs a coherent plot as well as a unique style, but it belly flops painfully with its uninspiring acting, meandering storyline, and an ending that completely bombs.

Student Gus Pierce (Thomas Gibson) is found frozen in the river. Cop Abel Grey (Edward Burns) investigates the elite prep school that Gus attended, trying to find out if it was an accident, suicide, or murder -- any of them is possible, since Gus was quite angry. Abel also finds time to romance a teacher at the school (Jennifer Ehle).

But the mystery of Gus's death is that no one seems to care -- his classmates despised him, and the police drop the case without warning, despite signs of foul play. But with his personal demons emerging, Abel continues investigating the case, suspecting it of being a hazing gone wrong -- and discovers that he may have been wrong all along.

But if you must adjust a book's plot for a movie, then at least it should make sense. And for seventy-five percent of "River King," the plot seems like a straightforward murder mystery, framed in beautiful New England houses, snow, icy rivers and sleeping trees. Okay, the actual investigations could be covered in fifteen minutes rather than an hour, but it's all right.

Then... it all comes apart. Burns and Ehle's relationship feels thrown in (does obsession let you have breaks for romance?). Director Nick Willing and writer David Kane try to make this a jack-of-all-trades film, with the token romance, ghost stories, murder mystery, and a creepy philosophical high school club.
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