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River's Edge (1986)

R | | Crime, Drama | 8 May 1987 (USA)
A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

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Storyline

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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$1,900,000 (estimated)

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

Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper both went on to star in the 1994 film "Speed" 8 years later. See more »

Goofs

When Layne kicks Matt and Clarissa out of his car, he does so in front of a gas station. The lights are on, so the station appears to be open, but as they walk past, you can see that the station has no gas pumps. 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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Connections

Referenced in Fear of the Flesh: The Making of 'The Fly' (2005) See more »

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I'm Gonna Miss You
Written and Performed by Hank Ballard
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This was considered radical when it first came out...
15 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can remember a college professor commenting as to how disturbing this film was, reflecting the apathy of adolescents (this was before Generation "X").

In a way, most of us are products of the same consumer culture; these high school kids spend their time drinking, getting high and wondering what to do about the body left on a riverbank.

What would they do today? Would things be different?. Some very important questions. There are some excellent scenes with Keanu Reeves, and the dysfunctional family he lives with; his 11 year old brother going out to get wasted; the mother has no idea what to do- spends her time drinking with her boyfriend.

This film was a bit before its time in that it addresses the problems in lower class American society; these kids had no outlet; what is available for them in this dirt-water town? . All in all a few interesting social commentaries are presented, and there are no solutions. 9/10.


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