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River's Edge (1986)

R | | Crime, Drama | 8 May 1987 (USA)
This is actually based on a true story that took place in Milpitas, CA in the mid 80's.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writer:

Neal Jimenez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Crispin Glover ... Layne
Keanu Reeves ... Matt
Ione Skye ... Clarissa (as Ione Skye Leitch)
Daniel Roebuck ... Samson
Dennis Hopper ... Feck
Joshua John Miller ... Tim (as Joshua Miller)
Roxana Zal ... Maggie
Josh Richman Josh Richman ... Tony
Phillip Brock ... Mike
Tom Bower ... Bennett
Constance Forslund ... Madeleine
Leo Rossi ... Jim
Jim Metzler ... Mr. Burkewaite
Tammy Smith Tammy Smith ... Kim
Danyi Deats ... 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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,600,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hemdale, Island See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Keanu Reeves' supporting role in this film is one of his first break-out roles that led to parts in such films as Bill & Ted and Parenthhood, leaving Reeves to be typecast as a stoner character throughout the late 80s - early 90s. See more »

Goofs

When Layne makes the phone call to Feck from the phone booth (right as the police burst in on Feck), the reflection of a crewmember in a light colored shirt can be seen moving in the glass of the phone booth. 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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Die by the Sword
Written by Jeff Hanneman
Performed by Slayer
Courtesy of Metal Blade Records
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Roebuck really makes this movie...
25 April 2006 | by sporter3_99See 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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