Where the River Runs Black (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Where the River Runs Black (1986)




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This drama concerns the clash of two worlds in the person of a young boy. The small boy (Alessandro Rabelo) is the offspring of a missionary who died before the he was born, and a Native American who is later killed by white prospectors. Father O'Reilly (Charles Durning) comes to hear about the legend of the orphan born to a holy man and a "sorceress" and guesses the truth about his parentage. He manages to bring the young boy to a Catholic orphanage where the lad is confronted with "civilized" behavior and is quite shocked by it. Meanwhile, Father O'Reilly is having second thoughts as the boy indirectly teaches him something about the values of his "primitive" culture.


Charles Durning
as Father O'Reilly
Ajay Naidu
as Segundo
Peter Horton
as Father Mahoney
Conchata Ferrell
as Mother Marta
Dana Delany
as Sister Ana
Chico Díaz
as Raimundo
Castulo Guerra
as Orlando Santos
Marcelo Rabelo
as Lazaro at 4 Years
Ariel Coelho
as Francisco
Mario Borges
as Brother Carlos
Geraldo Salles
as Priest in Confessional
Sandro Soviatt
as Calmanero
Richardo Jose Matos
as Ice Cream Vendor
C. David Russel
as Floyd Jenkins
Telmo Maia
as Miner in Truck
Paulo Quindere
as Man getting shoeshine
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Critic Reviews for Where the River Runs Black

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Except for Mr. Durning, who is not called on to exert hmself, the acting is as elementary as the screenplay.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

Here is a fable with the most unlikely ingredients, and yet, like all fables, it will work if we allow it to.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie sags beneath a phony lyricism -- slow-motion shots of water droplets, close-ups of Rabelo's innocent moon face, and post-card-pretty nature photography.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Concerns the clash between Indian and white cultures, the low tolerance of organized religion, and the bonds which can be established between dolphins and human beings

August 26, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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