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River's Edge (1986)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 May 1987 (USA)
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A high school slacker kills his girlfriend and shows off her dead body to his friends. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

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A group of high school friends must come to terms with the fact that one of them, Samson, killed another, Jamie. Reactions vary, as Layne is intent on protecting Samson and smuggling him out of the state, while others think it's best to go to the police. Matt's tough little brother also finds out about the body and no one knows quite how the police will learn about the murder or who will be blamed for it. Written by Christine Sai-Halasz <sai@mit.edu>

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The most controversial film you will see this year.

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Crime | Drama

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8 May 1987 (USA)  »

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River's Edge  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,600,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Neal Jimenez read the story in the newspaper while visiting friends, wrote a script and turned it in to his instructor while he was an English major at Santa Clara University. Jimenez said "that the incident is merely the inspiration for the screenplay". See more »

Goofs

When the detective is questioning Matt in his office, the boom mic is reflected on a glass case behind the detective's desk. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Checker: [points at legal age sign]
Samson: That's a real nice sign, how much.
Checker: I have to see ID.
Samson: I left it at home. How much?
Checker: I'm not going to sell you this unless you show me ID.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: New Kid on the Block (1992) See more »

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Kyrie Eleison
Written by John Arch & Jim Matheos
Performed by Fates Warning
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A Study in Interactive Psychology
15 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie for the second time. I first saw it back in the mid-90's as a Vanguard Video selection. It has retained it power.

It is interesting from several aspects. One is that it is based on a true story. Two is it is a launching pad for two interesting actors: Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover. And three, it has Dennis Hopper in one of his better social misfit/psychotic character roles.

The movie is also a study in the way people act in different settings. You have characters in one-on-one, family, peer group, school, general society settings, etc. The story does well in demonstrating how a person will act in each setting.

I wish I could find the details of the actual murder to compare to the movie. I saw a short bit that indicated it occurred in California and that several schoolmates were taken to view the corpse.

This is a good choice for a rainy night video rental. Be prepared to feel unsettled at the end.


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