A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It quotes

24 total quotes (ID: 498)

"Black Jack's Bar"
"Dear Jessie."
"Double Dating"
"Last-Minute Attempt"
"Letter from Chicago"
"Minister & Fisherman"
"Paul's Fate"
"Return to Graciousness"
"Sending Neal Off"
"The Burns Family"
"Wrong Crowd"
Final scene: "A River Runs Through It"
Main cast
Opening scene: "Start"


From the scene "Wrong Crowd". After Norman's profession of love over Jessie to Paul, Paul takes Norman to illegal drinking, gambling, and brothel establishment at Lolo Hot Springs. After Paul gets kicked out once from trying to get in the game, Norman and Paul go outside. After Norman gets in the car, thinking that both of them are leaving, Paul throws Norman the keys, Norman nods at Paul as if asking 'what are you doing'?: Paul Maclean: I'm not leavin'.
Norman Maclean: What?
Paul Maclean: These hands are hot, Norm. I can feel it.
Norman Maclean: What are you talking about? You can't go back in there.
Paul Maclean: Norman, it's fine. I'll be fine.
Norman Maclean: But they won't even let you play.
Paul Maclean: Oh, yes they will.
Norman Maclean: With what? Your own debt up to your God damned neck.
Paul Maclean: Norm, it's my debt. OK, it's my debt.
Norman Maclean: Jesus Christ.


Long ago, when I was a young man, my father said to me... "Norman, you like to write stories?" And I said, "Yes, I do." Then he said, "Someday, when you're ready... you might tell our family story. Only then will you understand what happened and why."
We shift to a montage of old photographs, first of young Paul and Norman, then the entire family, and finally of Missoula, Montana: Older Norman - [narrating]:

From the scene "Sending Neal Off", after the see Neal off on the train back to Hollywood, Jessie laments that her brother is a lost soul, and she and Norman take a quite walk in the woods: Jessie Burns: If he came back next summer, would you try and help him?
Norman Maclean: If you wanted me to.
Jessie Burns: Well he's not coming back.
Norman Maclean: Well, at least he's got friends out there.
Jessie Burns: Who Ronald Coleman?
Jessie Burns: Why is it the people who need the most help... won't take it?
Norman Maclean: I don't know Jess.
Jessie starts to cry. Jessie Burns: Well, I don't cry Norman.
Norman takes his handkerchief and drys her eyes. Norman Maclean: Can I show you something?
Jessie Burns: Only if it's something good
Norman Maclean: Read
Norman hands the Jessie his letter from the University of Chicago: Norman Maclean: So, what do you think?
Jessie Burns: What do I think? I think it's the berries!
Norman Maclean: You do?
Jessie Burns: Yeah, to get away, Chicago, God it's haven.
Norman Maclean: Have you ever been?
Jessie Burns: No, not anywhere. Helena.
Jessie Burns: Congratulations Norman!
Norman Maclean: Truth is, I'm not sure about I want to leave.
Jessie Burns: Montana? Why? It'll always be here.
Norman Maclean: Not Montana.
Jessie Burns: Then what? What!
Norman Maclean: I'm not sure I want to leave you.
They pause looking at each other, looking for reaction that goes unspoken, she flings her arms around him, and they both know that they are in love.

The three Maclean men go fishing together after Norman and Paul get into trouble for chuting the rapids in a "borrowed" boat. After Norman puts down his fish, and then Paul puts down a bigger one, and finally the Reverend John puts down one bigger still. Reverend Maclean:

Actor Role Craig Sheffer Norman Maclean Brad Pitt Paul Maclean Tom Skerritt Reverend Maclean Brenda Blethyn Mrs. Maclean Emily Lloyd Jessie Burns Edie McClurg Mrs. Burns

From the scene: "Last-Minute Attempt". As Norman and Paul fish, for what would be the last time, Norman in attempt to save his brother, asks Paul to come with Jessie and him: Paul Maclean: Oh, I'll never leave Montana, brother.

Older Norman - [narrating]:

Norman goes to the train station to meet the Burns family as they await the arrival of the oldest son, Neal, who is arrive from Hollywood. Older Norman - [narrating]:

Jessie sits in a rocking chair by the window reading a letter from Norman after they have had their first date. Older Norman - [narrating]: