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Turn the River Movie

Turn the River Movie Movie

The Turn the River Movie was released on 2008-05-09 00:00:00.000 and is classified within the following genere(s) Drama. The Turn the River Movie was given an MPAA rating of: Rated R for language. It's country of origin is United States (USA), and it's main language is English. The movie runs 92 Minutes long.

Turn the River Movie Trailer

Turn the River Movie - Director

The Turn the River Movie was directed by Chris Eigeman.

Turn the River Movie - Writer

The Turn the River Movie was written by Chris Eigeman.

Turn the River Movie - Tagline

Sometimes Your Last Shot is Your First Break

Turn the River Movie Plot

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In the thriller TURN THE RIVER, Famke Janssen (Best Actress- Hamptons Film Festival) stars as Kailey a small town pool hustler in upstate New York. She ekes out a living playing poker, periodically driving into Manhattan to check up on her mentor, Quinn (Rip Torn), who runs Quinn's a hardcore pool hall. Kailey (Janssen) is determined to raise $50,000 to wrest her son Gulley (Jaymie Dornan), who she was forced to give up at birth, from the toxic clutches of her alcoholic ex-husband David (Matt Ross) and his domineering mother (Lois Smith) and move to Canada for a better life. In order to win the money, Kailey must score a match with the best player at Quinns, Duncan (John Juback). With this as her only hope for a future with her son, Kailey starts to play and the stakes have never been higher.

Turn the River Movie - Production Companies

The Turn the River Movie was produced by: Mr. Nice

Turn the River Movie Distributor(s)

The Turn the River Movie was distributed by:

  1. Screen Media Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  2. Screen Media Ventures

Turn the River Movie Awards

In 2007, the following cast and crew of the billiard movie Turn the River won the following awards at the Hamptons International Film Festival:

  • Famke Janssen ............Special Recognition, Best Actress
  • Hamish Rothwell........Best Director
  • Famke Janssen..........Special Prize
  • Chris Eigeman..............Best Screenplay

If there are any other awards for the cast and crew of the Turn the River movie, please let us know by using the form below.

Turn the River Movie Filming Locations

New York, USA

Turn the River Movie Cast

Turn the River Cast

  1. Famke Janssen - as Kailey Sullivan
  2. Jaymie Dornan - as Gulley
  3. Rip Torn - as Teddy Quinette
  4. Matt Ross - as David
  5. Lois Smith - as Abigail
  6. Marin Hinkle - as Ellen
  7. Terry Kinney - as Markus
  8. John Juback - as Duncan
  9. Tony Robles - as Ralphie
  10. Jordan Bridges - as Brad
  11. Ari Graynor - as Charlotte
  12. Santo D'Asaro - as Scott
  13. Zoe Lister Jones - as Kat
  14. Elizabeth Atkeson - as Sally
  15. Joseph Siravo - as Warren
  16. Brennan Brown - as Randolph
  17. Jordan Lage - as Detective Crippen
  18. Pete Macnamara - as Chasm Falls Officer
  19. Henry Leyva - as Dale Armstrong
  20. Greg Haas - as Darby Jackson
  21. Paul Thode - as Eric Muftic
  22. Judith Greentree - as Senior Citizen
  23. David Calicchio - as Detective Calicchio
  24. Chris Eigeman - as Mike Simms
  25. Jen Arvay - as Featured extra
  26. James Avondolio - as Pool Player
  27. Kevin Barber - as Pool Player
  28. Tom Carney - as Pool Player
  29. Theresa Purcell - as Pool Player
  30. Rebecca Silbery-Tatafu - as Pool Player
  31. Bill Sorice - as Charlie

Turn the River Movie - Press and News Coverage

The film has already generated quite a bit of press. I won't repost everything here because there is just so much of it, but a quick google search will do the trick.

Turn the River Movie

  • Title: Turn the River Movie
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 5/19/2008 6:01:45 AM

Turn the River Movie Comments

  1. Gulley JimsonGulley Jimson from New York City, NY on 4/4/2008 1:21:20 PM

    This new pool movie, Turn the River, opens in New York and LA in May 2008.

    Turn the River is currently in a Wisconsin file festival. Here is a review of it's showing there.

    And yes, all the actors did their own shots at the pool table.

  2. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 1/13/2009 12:17:00 PM

    Nice to see a more recent billiard movie like "Turn the River" hit the big screen.

    Here is a review for Turn the River billiards movie from Newsday:

    Why has Chris Eigeman, the longtime member of Whit Stillman's acting ensemble ("Metropolitan," "The Last Days of Disco"), waited so long to get behind the camera? "Turn the River," his directing debut (he also wrote the script), is a small-scale but thoroughly engrossing drama full of strong performances and sharp dialogue. It's a noir with a female lead in Famke Janssen (the "X-Men" flicks), who hides her supermodel beauty behind the hardened, haunted face of a pool shark hoping to hustle up enough money to skip town with her young son, Gulley (Jaymie Dornan).

    That's the plot, simple and somewhat imperfect, but Eigeman is focused on character: Nearly everyone here seems alive and real and complicated, from the local pool-hall owner (Rip Torn) to Gulley's bullying, insecure father (Matt Ross). Janssen is heartbreaking as a woman whose tough exterior hides a mom's mushiness. Eigeman may not be a visual stylist, but "Turn the River" marks the belated emergence of a fine new filmmaker.

    Review by Rafer Guzman
    (c) 2008 Newsday

    Here is another review for Turn the River billiards movie:

    Why has Chris Eigeman, the longtime member of Whit Stillman's acting ensemble ("Metropolitan," "The Last Days of Disco"), waited so long to get behind the camera? "Turn the River," his directing debut (he also wrote the script), is a small-scale but thoroughly engrossing drama full of strong performances and sharp dialogue. It's a noir with a female lead in Famke Janssen (the "X-Men" flicks), who hides her supermodel beauty behind the hardened, haunted face of a pool shark hoping to hustle up enough money to skip town with her young son, Gulley (Jaymie Dornan).

    That's the plot, simple and somewhat imperfect, but Eigeman is focused on character: Nearly everyone here seems alive and real and complicated, from the local pool-hall owner (Rip Torn) to Gulley's bullying, insecure father (Matt Ross). Janssen is heartbreaking as a woman whose tough exterior hides a mom's mushiness. Eigeman may not be a visual stylist, but "Turn the River" marks the belated emergence of a fine new filmmaker.

    Review by Rafer Guzman
    (c) 2008 Newsday

    Here is another review of "Turn the River" from the WI Film Festival:

    When I first saw that Famke Janssen was staring in one of the movies playing at the Wisconsin Film Festival this weekend, I immediately knew I had to see it. In fact, when Jesse Russell, editor for Dane101, called me yesterday to ask which movie I was on my way to attend, I couldn't even tell him the name and only acknowledged it as "the one Famke Jensen was in".

    For the most part, people know her as Jean Gray/Phonix from the X-Men movies or the nymphomaniac, Xena "I Kill Men by Crushing Them Between My Thighs" Onatop, in the James Bond movie, "Goldeneye". But for others, she is known as one of the most underrated actresses around, and a true hero and leader of independent films. After all, she's done: "Love and Sex", "Rounders", "Made", "Eulogy", "The Gingerbread Man" and "Monument Ave".

    Before the lights went down in The Bartell Theater, Meg Hamel (Wisconsin Film Festival Coordinator) informed us that first time writer/director, Chris Eigeman and the star, Famke Janssen, almost showed up for a Q&A, but at the last minute could not attend due to scheduling conflicts. Damn.

    Once the movie started, I learned (and kind of remembered) the title of the film, "Turn the River" in which Janssen plays a down and out pool shark trying to reclaim and rescue (or kidnap as others see it) her son from an abusive family. She then, with the help of a pool store owner (Rip Torn), try to gamble and swindle as many people as possible to pay for fake passports and extra money to start their new life in Canada.

    Within the first 15 minutes of the movie, I was starting to worry. The shots seemed off, the editing seemed sloppy and the acting seemed minimal from everyone around except Janssen, with even a veteran actor like Rip Torn having moments that seemed "phoned in". But as we all know, indie movies are indie movies because they don't have much of a budget, so I decided to let it go. And once I did, the beat that seemed missing at first, started to thump and I was starting to enjoy the ride.

    The kid in the movie, Jaymie Dornan and the father figure, Rip Torn do a pretty good job throughout, but of course, Famke carries the film on her shoulders like a champ and is the main reason the film works. There were interesting plot points and some clever dialogue, but mostly, it was just fun to watch Janssen play a role like this.

    There were some truly spectacular shots Famke sank while playing pool in the film. In fact, the audience in the theater cheered at one climactic shot, since it was clear there were no CGI or trick camera work involved.

    Without giving anything away, the ending bugged the hell out of me. It seems Eigeman felt like he had to go in a certain direction, which, for me, made it all the more predictable.

    Although writing this up, I'm worried about being too hard on the movie, since I did truly enjoy the film. It just hurts more when I know it could have been better if they would have just taken a bit more time. But please, if you haven't seen it, I would suggest attending the next screening on Sunday, 8pm at The Bartell Theater. It's worth checking out.

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