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River's Edge
     

River's Edge

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Director: Tim Hunter

Cast: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye

 

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The nude, strangled body of a teenaged girl lies on the edge of the river. Her murderer is her boyfriend, Daniel Roebuck. All the kids in Roebuck's dismal, dead-end town know who committed the murder. Trouble is, no one bothers to turn Roebuck in; some of the teens don't know how to react to the crime, while others, strung out on drugs and booze, just don't give a

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The nude, strangled body of a teenaged girl lies on the edge of the river. Her murderer is her boyfriend, Daniel Roebuck. All the kids in Roebuck's dismal, dead-end town know who committed the murder. Trouble is, no one bothers to turn Roebuck in; some of the teens don't know how to react to the crime, while others, strung out on drugs and booze, just don't give a damn. A study of contemporary alienation, River's Edge was based on a real-life incident that occurred in Milpitas, California, in 1981. That same year, Neal Jimenez wrote his screenplay for River's Edge, but was not able to finance the project until 1987. Except for Dennis Hopper, cast as a holdover from the sixties who hobbles about on one leg and makes love to a blow-up doll, the cast was largely comprised of unknowns, many of whom (Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye) would definitely be heard from in the future.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most powerful but disturbing films made during the 1980s, River's Edge paints a bleak picture of teenage life, depicting its youthful principals as hopelessly alienated, spiritually challenged, and morally bankrupt. Set in a small, riverside community in the Pacific Northwest, Tim Hunter's thought-provoking drama seems to indict American society as responsible for the soulless ennui of the movie's youthful protagonists, and the film labors mightily to create sympathy for them. But director Hunter (Paint It Black) faces a difficult task; few viewers can fail to be repulsed by Edge's central situation -- the senseless murder of a young girl by one of her neighbors and the almost casual acceptance of it by members of the killer's clique, unofficially led by Crispin Glover (in a wildly eccentric performance). Keanu Reeves and Ione Skye are extremely effective as two kids whose inchoate decency finally emerges, but the best acting comes from Dennis Hopper, perfectly cast as a drug-sodden biker who's amazed by the teens' zombielike reaction to the blood-chilling crime. River's Edge raises more questions than it answers, but this powerful, understated film is guaranteed to make an indelible impression. The DVD release includes the original theatrical trailer.
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Tim Hunter's 1987 The River's Edge arrived a few years after the disaffected teen pictures of the late 1970s and early 1980s, such as Foxes, The Outsiders, and the Hunter-scripted Over the Edge. These films were cautionary tales inspired by the proliferation of drugs, sex, and parental negligence, and their tone was reminiscent of the restless-youth pictures of the 1950s. River's Edge, on the other hand, captured the dead-end world and incidental amorality of its teen characters with a distant, cerebral eye. Quietly artsy, the movie's unsensational commentary is guided along by ironic, scene-stealing performances from Dennis Hopper and Crispin Glover. Seldom has Hopper's crazed rebellion been exploited to better effect. Even his reclusive drug dealer can't fathom the amorality of the kids who surround him. As the leader of the teens, Glover isn't conventionally menacing. He's more of a personification of the "This Is Your Brain on Drugs" commercial, with an oddly sweet side to him. His warped, eerie performance is miles away from anything seen in typical estranged-youth movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2015
UPC:
0738329142926
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
7,751

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Tim Hunter; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Crispin Glover Layne
Keanu Reeves Matt
Ione Skye Clarissa
Daniel Roebuck Samson "John" Tollette
Dennis Hopper Feck
Joshua John Miller Tim, Matt's Brother
Leo Rossi Jim
Josh Richman Tony
Tom Bower Bennett
Roxana Zal Maggie
Constance Forslund Madeleine
Phil Brock Mike
Danyl Deats Jamie
Michael Hungerford Tony's Father
Maeve Odum Student
Frances de L'Etanche Du Bois Aunto
Jim Metzler Burkewaite, Teacher
Tammy Smith Kim, Matt's Sister
Yuzo Nishihara Moko
Taylor Negron Checker
Chris Peters Tom
Richard Richcreek Kevin
James Terry Cop
Maryedith Burrell Actor

Technical Credits
Tim Hunter Director
Claudia Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
John Daly Executive Producer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Anne Huntley-Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
Neal Jimenez Screenwriter
Gabor Kernyaiszky Makeup
Jürgen Knieper Score Composer
Mick Muhlfriedel Art Director
John Muto Production Designer
Kenny Myers Makeup
Sarah Pillsbury Producer
Midge Sanford Producer
Howard E. Smith Editor
Sonya Sones Editor
David Streit Co-producer
Sonya Sones Tramer Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- River's Edge
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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River's Edge 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i watched this movie for the first time last year i was in shock it gave me chills inside crispin glover gave a good appearence bravo its one of those 80s movies that just sticks with you i would recommened this one