Where the River Runs Black

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  • PG
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.4  (507)

Where the River Runs Black is a 1986 film directed by Christopher Cain starring Charles Durning, Alessandro Rabelo, and Ajay Naidu. The film takes place in the Brazilian rainforest and tells the story of a young orphan boy named Kavery who is raised by an Amazonian shaman. Kavery is then torn between his traditions and his desire to join the modern world.

The film opens with Kavery as a young boy, living in the rainforest with his shamanic father-figure, and learning the ways of the forest. The boy is unique because he has a gift of healing and intuition, which sets him apart from the other children in the village. His father-figure tells him about a legend, where the river is black, and when a person looks into it, they can see their destiny. Kavery is determined to find the river and see his destiny.

The next scene shows a group of scientists and explorers arriving at the village. They are interested in studying the forest and surrounding areas due to the logging happening in the area. Kavery is fascinated by the modern technology and wants to join the explorers to experience the outside world but is forbidden by his father-figure.

The lead scientist, Father O'Reilly (Charles Durning), and his team of explorers, including his assistant, a Brazilian named Pedro (Peter Horton), meet with the village's chief, who informs them that they are not welcome in their territory. However, Kavery sneaks onto the boat with the scientists and follows them deep into the forest. As they travel further down the river, they face many dangers, including piranhas, snakes, and rapids. Along the way, they also encounter a tribe that is hostile to outsiders.

As they approach their destination, Kavery begins to feel a sense of unease, and his gift foretells danger ahead. The team reaches a point where they must trek through the jungle, and Kavery separates from the group. Pedro, who has grown fond of Kavery, goes looking for him and gets lost. Meanwhile, the rest of the group begins to realize that someone or something is following them.

As the story unfolds, we see Kavery torn between the world he knows and the world he wants to experience. He wants to help the scientists, but he also wants to respect the ways of the forest. The film also touches on themes of environmental conservation and the impact that humans have on the natural world.

The film is beautifully shot, with stunning landscapes and high-quality cinematography. The acting is strong, particularly from the child actor, Alessandro Rabelo, who does an excellent job of portraying the character of Kavery.

Where the River Runs Black is an engaging film that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's a great adventure film that explores themes of tradition, modernity, and environmental preservation. The story is well crafted with strong characters and a good balance of suspense and drama. Overall, it's a well-made film that is certainly worth watching.

Where the River Runs Black is a 1986 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

Where the River Runs Black
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    1 hr 40 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (507)