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The American Film Market is marking a cinematic milestone — with sales starting for the first time on “Dark Blood,” two decades after the River Phoenix thriller was filmed by Dutch director George Sluizier.

The film had remained uncompleted due to the death of Phoenix in October 1993 shortly before the end of the project.

Phoenix played a young widower, who rescues a couple (Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis) whose car breaks but then holds them prisoner.

Sluzier held on to the footage and eventually finished the film by supplying the narration to the unfinished scenes — a solution that resolved the legal obstacles for the original investors in the film — even though he had never narrated before.

“Lawyers love to make things more complicated and I’m too old to spend my life with lawyers,” he said. “It occurred to me that I could save ‘Dark Blood’ from disappearing. I was not »

- Dave McNary

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