Is the original River Wild movie starring Meryl Streep on Netflix? (where to watch)

1994.A Scene From The Film A River Wild Starring Meryly Streep And Kevin Bacon (Photo By Getty Images)
1994.A Scene From The Film A River Wild Starring Meryly Streep And Kevin Bacon (Photo By Getty Images) /
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If you’re a fan of real-life couple Adam Brody and Leighton Meester, then I’m sure you’ve already checked out their new movie, River Wild! The film debuted Aug. 1, 2023 on Netflix. The story is a reimagining of the 1994 film of the same name starring Meryl Streep. Is the original movie on Netflix as well?

The Adam and Leighton-led iteration sees the actor play Trevor, while the actress is Joey Reese. When Joey’s brother Gray Reese, played by Taran Killam, invites a a “childhood friend with a troubled past” on their whitewater rafting adventure, she starts to worry. That friend is Trevor. When the trio becomes stranded in raging rapids, it’s clear someone is sabotaging the trip so “shocking secrets stay buried.”

The 1994 production is a little bit different as it features a young family, a couple and their 10-year-old-son. The three are taken hostage by two “dangerous fugitives,” Wade and Terry, per the synopsis, who want the mother (Streep) to use her her rafting skills to help them escape down the “treacherous rapids.”

I mean this film had me at Meryl Streep! Anything this talented actress does is definitely worth watching. So is her version of the adventure thriller on Netflix? We’ve got the answer for you below!

Is the original River Wild movie starring Meryl Streep on Netflix?

The original River Wild movie is not streaming on Netflix. The film is a Universal Pictures production. But surprisingly, it’s not streaming on Peacock either. Both Universal Pictures and the platform are owned by NBCUniversal.

Where to watch The River Wild movie

At this time, the production is only available to watch online if you rent or buy it. You can do so through multiple platforms including YouTube, Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, and Redbox.

The River Wild movie cast (1994)

Meryl Streep plays the lead role as the mom, Gail Hartman. Her onscreen husband is David Strathairn as Tom Hartman, and Joseph Mazzello as Roarke Hartman completes the little family. Check out the full cast list below:

  • Meryl Streep as Gail Hartman
  • David Strathairn as Tom Hartman
  • Joseph Mazzello as Roarke Hartman
  • Kevin Bacon as Wade
  • John C. Reilly as Terry
  • William Lucking as Frank
  • Benjamin Bratt as Ranger Johnny
  • Elizabeth Hoffman as Gail’s Mother
  • Victor H. Galloway as Gail’s Father
  • Stephanie Sawyer as Willa Hartman

River Wild starring Adam Brody and Leighton Meester is now streaming on Netflix.

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