River of No Return
River of No Return (1954)

Director Otto Preminger's only western, River of No Return is set in Canada during the 19th century Gold Rush. Farmer Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) is released from prison after serving a sentence for shooting a man in the back to… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 30, 1954
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The striking beauties of the Canadian Rockies co-star with the blonde charms of Marilyn Monroe and the masculine muscles of Robert Mitchum in River of No Return.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Director Otto Preminger has thrown all the grandeur and menace of these features upon the eye-filling CinemaScope screen.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Marilyn turns in a surprisingly okay performance.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the first films to discover the potential of CinemaScope and a fine example of Preminger's rational approach to the mysteries of personal morality.

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Emanuel Levy

Though nicely shot in CinemaScope, this Western is not one of director Otto Preminger's or stars Robert Mitchum's and Marilyn Monroe's strong films.

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TV Guide

Director Otto Preminger's only western is a simple, frequently charming, and beautifully photographed film blessed with fine performances and great teamwork from Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe.

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Time Out

There really is no return.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's an awfully creaky story but the superb performances and Preminger's amazing use of widescreen make it a must-see.

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Despite some pretty locations and occasional tension, there's little going on.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Its not the greatest adventure Western ever made, or does even much of it make sense, but there's few that have as much charisma as Mitchum and Marilyn all… More
Dean McKenna
Love this Marilyn Monroe's Old West film with Robert Mitchum.
Jennifer D
A western. A Marilyn Monroe flick. Of course I had to see this. And it was just as bad as I was expecting. Now I usually don't demerit a film for bad… More
John Ballantine
Oh Lord, here we have Marilyn Monroe wearing inappropriate clothing for the wilderness and needing to be taken down river by husky Robert Mitchum. A bit of… More
jay nixon
marilyn didn't want to make this which explains her sometime stiff performance but when she sings she's luminous and her interaction with robert… More