And in the middle runs a river: the filming locations


In the heart of America

Mainly shot in the states of Wyoming and Montana, and in the middle flows a river that has exploited the magnificence of this wild America conducive to great frescoes. Robert Redford and his crews captured the beauty of these turbulent rivers where the characters cast their lines in a fly-fishing plot. Here are some key locations…


Front Street, Livingston, MT 59047, USA

Pastor John Maclean (Tom Skerritt), his wife (Brenda Blethyn) and their two sons Norman (Craig Sheffer) and Paul (Brad Pitt) live in this Montana town. Largely autobiographical, the short story from which Robert Redford’s film is adapted tells the life in Missoula of the writer Norman Maclean, when he was in charge of the Presbyterian Church at 235 S Fifth Street. However, And in the middle flows a river that was not turned into the real Missoula but 390 kilometers away, further east, in the town of Livingston, still in Montana. Especially on Front Street.

Fly Fishing Sessions

Growing up in the vast Montana wilderness, the Maclean brothers share a consuming passion for fly fishing. The rivers of the state are then used as meeting places during their sometimes dented existences. Several rivers were exploited by Robert Redford and his crew to film the fishing scenes.

Yellowstone River

Crossing notably the town of Livingston in Montana, the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park, this river is very popular with fly fishers and has its source in the state of Wyoming. It is also a tributary of the Missouri and a sub-tributary of the Mississippi.

Boulder River

A tributary of the Yellowstone River, the Boulder River was also used as the setting for fishing scenes in the film. A place where Robert Redford returned in 1998 to shoot another of his classics, The Man Who Whispered in the Ear of Horses. Film also exploiting the town of Big Timber in Montana.

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By Anthony Thibault

Friday, March 20, 2020

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