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A River Made to Drown In

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A River Made to Drown In

A River made to Drown In
DVD cover
Directed by James Meredino
credited as:
Alan Smithee
Written by Paul Marius
Starring Michael Imperioli
Richard Chamberlain
Ute Lemper
James Duval
Austin Pendleton
Cinematography Thomas L. Callaway
Edited by Esther P. Russell
Distributed by Picture This! Entertainment
Release dates
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A River Made to Drown In is a 1997 drama film starring Michael Imperioli, Richard Chamberlain, Ute Lemper and James Duval. Directed by James Merendino, Merendino had his name removed and the film is credited to Alan Smithee. A River Made to Drown In failed to secure US domestic theatrical distribution, but was released on DVD and has appeared on here! television.


  • Plot synopsis 1
  • Cast 2
  • DVD release 3
  • External links 4

Plot synopsis

Allen (Imperioli) is a struggling artist who had formerly worked as a street hustler. He has left that life behind and is involved with Eva (Lemper) his art dealer. His life is upset by the arrival of Thaddeus (Chamberlain), a wealthy lawyer near death from AIDS. Allen had for a time been Thaddeus's "kept boy" and Thaddeus has come to Allen to die. Before he dies, however, he wants Allen to help him find Jaime (Duval), another young hustler who had taken Allen's place with Thaddeus. Thaddeus is worried that he's infected Jaime with HIV and says he wants to care for him financially.

The film follows Allen's efforts to fulfil Thaddeus's final wishes while struggling to maintain his relationship with Eva and avoid the temptation of being drawn back into his former life on the streets.


DVD release

A River Made to Drown In was released on Region 1 DVD on July 1, 2003.

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