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Film: The River Wild
The River Wild is a 1994 American thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C Reilly, and Joseph Mazzello. The story involves a family on a whitewater rafting trip who encounter two violent criminals in the wilderness.


Tropes included:

  • Affably Evil - Wade qualifies for this, period.
  • Big Bad - Wade.
  • Bond One-Liner - "He got to ride "The Gauntlet" after all".
  • The Dragon - Terry, though he reluctantly goes along with Wade's leadership.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard - At the climax of the film, Gail kills Wade with the very same gun he was using against them for the duration of the movie.
  • Kick the Dog - Wade attempts to shoot the family's dog during the film because he considers it expendable. The dog gets away unharmed.
  • Meaningful Name - Wade can't swim...
  • Punch Clock Villain: Terry, as he at times contests Wade's method.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Villain Ball: Wade murders Ranger Johnny, but fails to take his gun despite only having 2 bullets left.
  • Wasn't That Fun?? - After riding and surviving the feared "Gauntlet" with no injuries.

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alternative title(s): The River Wild
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