"Long ago, when I was a young man, my father said to me, 'Norman, you like to write stories.' And I said, 'Yes, I do.' Then he said, 'Someday, when you're ready, you might tell our family story. Only then will you understand what happened and why.'"
Redford directed "A River Runs Through It," based on Norman Maclean's semi-autobiographical collection of stories about his family in early 20th century Montana where, he writes, "there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing."
The film starred Brad Pitt, Tom Skerrit, Craig Sheffer, Brenda Blethyn and Emily Lloyd, and was narrated by Redford. It was nominated for three Oscars, and won one, for Best Cinematography.