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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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friend | police | high school | murder | death | See more »

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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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Trivia

Neal Jimenez based the characters on friends he went to school with in Sacramento, California See more »

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At the beginning of the film, during the first close-up of Jamie's face, her tongue can be seen to move slightly. 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 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

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Chilling and effective examination of alienation and ambivalence
5 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Tim Hunter made a masterful film in River's Edge, one of the most serious and thoughtful dramatic studies of teenage life I have ever seen. So many elements of the film have a cult following (chief among them the performances of Crispin Glover as Layne and Dennis Hopper as Feck) that I will comment on my own personal favorite moment: the harrowing sex scene between Matt (Keanu Reeves) and Clarissa (Ione Skye). Entwined in sleeping bags with a six pack while police search for their good friend, the two try to find respite while the overwhelming events of the day coil into a vacuum of solitude and silence experienced by children who have sex without knowing each other or themselves. Some will argue that Hunter is heavy-handed with the close association of sex and death, but to see Matt writhe helplessly under Clarissa while elsewhere John (Daniel Roebuck) describes to Feck what it was like to strangle his girlfriend always sends chills up and down my spine.


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