The River Why (film)
|The River Why|
|Directed by||Matthew Leutwyler|
|Produced by||Kristi Denton Cohen|
|Written by||Thomas A. Cohen
John Jay Osborn, Jr.
|Based on||The River Why
by David James Duncan
The River Why is a 2010 American independent drama film directed by Matthew Leutwyler. It is an adaptation of the 1983 Sierra Club novel of the same name by David James Duncan and stars Zach Gilford, William Hurt and Amber Heard. Showtime broadcast the film in August 2011 and was later screened in the United States as benefit for fish and river conservation groups. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 8, 2011. The film won the award for Best Cinematography at the Ashland Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best film at The Naples International Film Festival.
The River Why is an adaptation of the 1983 Sierra Club novel by David James Duncan. The coming-of-age tale centers on a young man named Augustine "Gus" Orviston (Zach Gilford) and his quest for an elusive rainbow trout, which is a metaphor for the man's internal search for self-knowledge. Amber Heard plays his love interest, a tomboy fly-fisher named Eddy.
|Zach Gilford||Gus Orviston|
|William Hurt||Gus's Father|
|Nikki DeLoach||Young Ma|
|William Devane||Dutch Hines|
|Gattlin Griffith||Bill Bob|
|Robert Zorn||Fly Shop Owner|
|Breanna Aleigh Grimes||Marlene|
Since April 30, 2008, the film rights to The River Why have become the subject of a lawsuit by novelist Duncan, alleging copyright infringement among other issues. The lawsuit was settled and the case dismissed in November 2008.
- Ambush, Hurt jump into River Why from Variety magazine
- Hollywood Docket: River Why Author Claims Producers Infringed on Film Rights from the "The Hollywood Reporter, Esq." blog
- Duncan v. Cohen, Case No. 08-CV-2243 (USDC, N. Calif. filed April 30, 2008) from courthousenews.com