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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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4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Layne
... Matt
... Clarissa (as Ione Skye Leitch)
... Samson
... Feck
... Tim (as Joshua Miller)
... Maggie
Josh Richman ... Tony
... Mike
... Bennett
... Madeleine
... Jim
... Mr. Burkewaite
Tammy Smith ... Kim
... Jamie
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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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Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,600,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the opening of the movie, the younger brother throws his sister's doll off a bridge. We see a completely different doll hit the water below. 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 Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Lethal Tendencies
Written by Stacy Anderson & David Stuart
Performed by Hallows Eve
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Roebuck really makes this movie...
25 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Not to take away from anyone else, especially the writer Jimenez and the director Hunter, and the high school teacher and a lot of other people that make this movie really good, but I have to say I found Daniel Roebuck's performance completely riveting. He should have been nominated for it. He's big and brutal but also young and self-pitying and yet careless about his own fate. Those gestures, the tossing of beer cans and breaking into the ammo shop. Really well done.

That scene w/Hopper and the doll by the riverbank was one of the better moments of cinema I've seen in a long, long time. Why was this movie so under the radar compared to other 80's movies? That's what I want someone on this board to answer. The critics kind of mystify me, I guess. I agree with a lot of the postings here that this movie is underrated. Buy why?


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