A River Runs Through It (1992)
The film tells the autobiographical story about two young men, Norman (Craig Sheffer) and Paul (Brad Pitt), growing up in 1920s Missoula, Montana under the watchful eye of their father, a Presbyterian minister. Their mornings are spent in school and religious study, while their afternoons are devoted to fly fishing in the nearby Blackfoot River. At home, however, the family’s stoic emotions hint that trouble is to come. Norman goes to the east coast for college and lives there for six years, without returning home until then. In the meantime, Paul gets a job on a newspaper and becomes the subject of gossip about gambling and drinking back home. The movie is about Norman’s return home and his and Paul’s summer together.
As adults, Paul is a rebellious journalist and his brother, Norman, a level-headed, grounded teacher. Norman matures and channels his rebellion through his writing while dating Jessie Burns, while his reckless brother Paul turns to gambling and liquor. The film chronicles their intertwining and often conflicting lives, focusing on Norman’s point of view, as they grow up in the shadow of their minister father. A great deal of the film surrounds the men’s love of fly fishing for trout in Montana’s rivers, and their shared experiences through it while growing up.