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Blue River is a 1995 American made-for-television action film directed by Larry Elikann and starring Sam Elliott, Jerry O Connell, Susan Dey, Nick Stahl, and Neal McDonough. It is based on a novel of the same name by Ethan Canin.


Edward is a teenager living in a family the father abandoned years before. His mother has become a Christian fundamentalist and courts a self-righteous school principal.


  • Sam Elliott as Henry Howland
  • Jerry O Connell as Lawrence Sellars
  • Susan Dey as Mrs. Sellers
  • Nick Stahl as Young Edward
  • Neal McDonough as Edward Sellars


Writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Tom Jicha said that: Blue River meanders aimlessly for a couple of hours without ever fully paying off the audience.

Year 1995
ReleaseDate 1995-11-21
RuntimeMins 90
RuntimeStr 1h 30min
Plot The stormy relationship of a young teenage boy with his troubled older brother is told in an extended flashback segment bookended by what happens when the two meet again fifteen years later. Edward is a young teen living in a fami…
Directors Larry Elikann
Writers Ethan Canin, Maria Nation
Stars Jerry O’Connell, Nick Stahl, Neal McDonough
Produced by Tom Luse,Brent Shields,Richard Welsh
Music by Lawrence Shragge
Cinematography by Eric Van Haren Noman
Film Editing by Sabrina Plisco
Production Design by Donald Lee Harris
Set Decoration by Matthew Sullivan
Costume Design by Helen P. Butler
Makeup Department John R. Bayless,Mary Hedges Lampert,Sara Seidman Vance
Production Management Tom Luse,Karen Mayeda Vranek
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Stephanie P. O’Brien,Marty Eli Schwartz
Art Department Kip Bartlett,Peter Battistelli,William G. Davis,Randy Kenan,Rebecca Leonard,Rick Mobbs,Adam Cameron
Sound Department John Asman,Douglas L. Hill,Steven R. Smith
Stunts Charles Page,Gregg Smrz
Camera and Electrical Department Logan R. Berkshire,Julian Chojnacki,Adam Hinson,Cristiano Palermi,Tim Rook
Casting Department Craig Fincannon,Mark Fincannon
Costume and Wardrobe Department Leigh Leverett
Editorial Department Chad Mochrie,Kurt Moritz
Location Management Geoffrey Ryan
Music Department Marty Wereski
Script and Continuity Department Thom Rainey
Transportation Department Neil Castles Jr.,Cody Frost,Brian Kay,Randall Pickett,David Carlton White
Additional Crew Johanna Klingenberger,Caroline Korney,Jennifer Small,Dale Williams,Caleb Womble,Andrew L. Lanier
Genres Drama
Companies Hallmark Entertainment, Signboard Hill Productions
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 5.6
ImDbRatingVotes 293
Keywords brother,arson,dysfunctional family,hypocrisy,religious fundamentalism