Norman Maclean Quotes (Author of A River Runs Through it and Other Stories)
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The semi-autobiographical book was written by Montana author, Norman Maclean in It was made into an iconic film in and was one of the blockbuster 90s image-making movies that catapulted a fresh-out-of-the-box Brad Pitt to stardom. The film also changed the way travelers and movie-makers saw Montana and it gave new life to the fly-fishing industry in general. A field of purple wildflowers atop Peets Hill in Bozeman, with the Bridger Mountains in the background. The river in the book and the film has benefited as well. Today, the Blackfoot River is back as a fly-fishing destination.
Robert Redford knew it, and as he turned the novella into cinema back in , there was no question the director would open, and close, with the voice of a narrator repeating Maclean's words. Some minutes later, when actors Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt were done portraying Norman and his family on film, the narrator would finish the story while a lone old man stood in a river on a Montana evening, casting his fly into a stream on screen:. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. The narrator pauses a good 10 seconds before repeating Maclean's last line:.