The River Thief

Synopsis: Diz (Joel Courtney) is a reckless teenage drifter living life on the run. Abandoned by his parents as a child, he looks out for himself and doesn't accept handouts. He takes whatever he wants and runs. Jaded and determined to answer to no one, Diz lives a life marked by thievery and abandonment. Things change for Diz when he floats into a small town on the Snake River. There he is confronted by an unflappable old man named Marty and falls for Marty's guarded granddaughter, Selah. When Diz robs a local drug-dealing crazy, he becomes the owner of a giant pile of cash and the target of two vicious killers. With more money than he knows what to do with, and criminals at his heels, Diz puts the people he's learned to care about in danger, still trying to win Selah. But some things can't be stolen or bought. The River Thief is a film about guilt, self-sacrifice, and accepting life as a gift.
Director(s): N.D. Wilson
Production: Gorilla Poet Productions
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

[skateboard scraping]

Advertise your product or brand here

[light wind]

Some places change things

some days, some people...

they can put a mark on you

that won't ever wash off.

The good ones, and the bad ones.

Learned that more than one way.

Before all this,

life was simple.

I was an alley kid.

If I needed something

and you didn't,

I made it mine.

An empty bed,

a clean shirt,

a bike here or a truck there.

Might seem awful, but...

I never felt bad.

Not usually.


But like I said, some places

change things.



Beat you to it.


You do n ot know what

you're doing.


I came down this river

looking for my father.


Don't know why.

Maybe I was hoping to take

something from him.

I was so young when he

moved on...

I only remember his boots.

Do you need anything?

Can we help you?

No thanks,

I don't take handouts.

Can I help you?

Want to take a ride in my raft?

Uh, no thanks. We have our



I only saw mine down there.

I'll let you keep the cooler.

[motor start]

Are you kidding me?!!


There's our boat!

Thank you, thank you all!

Come back soon now.

And you ma'am...Wanna come back

right now?

No?! Phone number?!

Morning Star to River Mule, were

in the bend and on your six.

Repeat, in the bend and on

your six.

Clyde, no games.

I'm not going to be at the

docks tonight

unless I get sample now.


Who wants some



Party payload in 4, 3, 2, 1...




That's one for the money,

River Mule.


You'll get your money when

those fish are on this boat.

...and tested.

...and tested! salmon.

Farm salmon?! We talkin'

about drugs!

You can build a

crystal cathedr...



Alright boys, one rare


grilled onions and


One medium cheddar bacon,

fries all around.

You good on drinks?

Hey, where's Shelby?

I'm Selah.

Selah...but this is

Shelby's table.


She's only the best waitress

in town...


I don't know...


[backpack rustling]

Alright, one dry burger,

plain and quartered.

And fries, extra crispy.

You know, you don't have

to come in here every

single day.

I'm not staying with you

so I can live off your tips.

Well, I wish you didn't have to

work at all,

I don't like that.


Wanna go fishing?

We'll play cards tonight.

Maybe we can go fishing


Love you Bamps.

I'll give you a moment

with the menu.

I'm Diz. I'm ready now.

I'm Selah. Perfect.

[engine running]

[airplane door opening]


[hose running]


All done.

Load tonight...and you get paid.

Where's Lane?

Lane...whose Lane?


Lane stole a brick from

the reservation

and threw a party under

the bridge.

What did you do?

I would have handled it, Clyde!

Well, I can take you to him

if you'd like.

By tomorrow morning, his pieces

will pass through the

turbines in the dam.

Sturgeon need to eat!

I'll bet he's gonna give

some of them

a good ole fashioned


They're gonna want more.

Don't you threaten me, Clyde.

I don't threaten.

I am.

[trashcan dragging]

[fire crackling]

You shouldn't have served him.

You're gonna have to pay

for that now.

He' fine, he's just hungry.

Whatever, your problem.

Only thing dumber than

a guy is a girl.

That's just rude.

[small clank]

[small clank]

[match lighting]


What the hell man!

You run a $30 tab

and you're just gonna

walk out?!

Leaving me with...what is

this crap?

I don't believe in money.

Oh yes you do. You believe

in my money, you dumbass,

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