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Based on the horrifying real-life murder of a young California girl, this "powerful portrait" (Newsweek) of deadly, disaffected teens stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Crispin Glover (Charlie's Angels), Ione Skye Leitch (One Night Stand), Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination) and Dennis Hopper (Ed TV) in a tale that is "chilling to witness" (The New York Times). On the bank of a river lies the naked body of a brutally murdered young girl. Atthe nearby high school, Samson (Roebuck) brags to Matt (Reeves) and his friends about how he killedher. Drunk and stoned, the doubting teens trudge to the river and discover that he isn't lying. Andoddly, they decide to protect Samson behind a loyal wall of secrecy. Tormented with guilt, Matt questions their silence and suddenly finds himself in a troubling position: should he do what he thinksis right, or should he keep quiet and live with this demon for the rest of his life?


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  • Actors: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck, Dennis Hopper
  • Directors: Tim Hunter
  • Writers: Neal Jimenez
  • Producers: David Streit, Derek Gibson, Gabrielle Liuzzi, John Daly, Midge Sanford
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VAX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "River's Edge" on IMDb

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kelly EC on October 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
River's Edge is a shocking, real life, under-rated and very unavailible 80's cult movie. It about how a gang of teenages cope when a friend murders a girl and leaves her body naked beside the river. The haunting atmosphere and horrific imagery are comendable, but its the characters that really bring this film alive. They also bring some wonderful moments of unexpected humour (yes! It is funny!).
Okay, first and formost there's Crispin Glovers enthralling Layne. He is basically the only kid who reacts to the killing, however his warped morality makes him side with the killer. Glovers performance really lights up the screen and his character has a same weasely appeal as Mr Pink had in Reservoir Dogs. This is a truely special role.
But it doesn't stop there. I was also seriously facinated by the boy who played Tim (Damien was it?). The kid is hard as nails and had a burning precense. Then there's John (the all important role of the killer). The guy playing the character really looks like the blank psycho's you see on the news. A really hate worthy villian.
Denis Hopper is as good as ever playing the demented Feck and (Shock! Horror!) Keanu Reeves is pretty damn good as Matt. I used to be one of the masses of people who would slate Keanu's acting- but since seeing "My own private Idaho" and this, I'm having to eat my words.
I hope this cracking and important film will be widely availible soon. Teen films these days tend to be utterly souless, brain dead crap.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1999
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If you ever doubted that truth is stranger than fiction, check out this true story and masterful film that became an instant cult classic in 1987, and still survives today as a case study in adolescent psychology at many major universities. Director Tim Hunter (Saint of Fort Washington) brings to life this spine chilling yet somber contemporary drama that will have you not believing your eyes, or the fact that this story is a true one. This film exemplifies a raw, honest look at teenage alienation and ambivalence, where values have been twisted far beyond adult comprehension. It is an account of an actual event whereby a close knit group of teenagers discover that one of their own has killed his girlfriend. Emotionally ill prepared, they struggle to differentiate between friendship and responsibility. What ensues is a chain of events that is as mesmerizing as it is incredible, and as hypnotic as it is horrifying! Expertly cast and acted, this film is brought to life by very memorable character portrayals by Crispin Glover (Layne), Keanu Reeves (Matt), Ione Skye (Clarissa), Roxana Zal (Maggie), Daniel Roebuck (Samson), Joshua Miller (Tim ), and Dennis Hopper (Feck) as a half crazed psychopathic murderer himself. The close associations drawn by this film with such things as sex and death will linger in your consciousness for days on end, and compel you to see this movie again and again. Truly a work of cinematic art and great film making. Excellent !!!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 6, 2000
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This is a low budget film. Don't expect anything fancy. What you'll get is a fascinating story (based on an actual event), and some of the finest acting you've ever seen. It's so real there are times you'll forget these are actors performing their parts, and think you're watching a documentary. Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover, and Dennis Hopper are absolutely superb, and the supporting cast excellent. Praise must go to the director, Tim Hunter, for bringing these young actors together into such a fine ensemble, and Jurgen Knieper's score subtly adds interest to this film as well. It's a small but amazing film that's worth many viewings. Don't miss it !
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. James on April 2, 2011
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Shocking and disturbing, this is one of the great cult movies from the late 80's. The movie features amazing performances from Dennis Hopper, Crispin Glover, and Daniel Roebuck. Glover's, over the top, performance of "Layne" in this story, based on true events, is sometimes laughably peculiar. In my opinion, this is the best movie Keannu Reeves has starred in, certainly the most original and unique.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Movie Crazy CT on May 6, 2001
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River's Edge is a deeply disturbing film that is fast transcending cult status to becoming a bona fide movie classic. When a classmate (Daniel Roebuck) murders his girlfriend for no rational reason, self-appointed group leader, Lane (Crispin Glover), draws together their circle of friends to protect him in a misguided test of loyalty. Haunted by the senselessness, two decent-minded kids (Keanu Reeves and Ione Skye) grapple with their consciences before Reeves' character eventually tips off the police, well aware of the danger he faces for breaking the conspiratorial code of silence. Sadly, River's Edge has proven to be an all too perceptive and pioneering examination of the increasing nihilism of American youth since the 1980s. The increasing regard with which it is viewed by critics and collectors has been helped in no small way by events such as Columbine. The spate of school shootings by sociopathic teenagers increasingly beyond the control of teachers, parents and society seems entirely consistent with the bleak picture of American youth this film paints. As such it is the significant, depressing movie signpost for its generation, in much the same way as Rebel Without a Cause was for youth of the 50s. Unlike Rebel, (or even its own broad set of generational cohorts, from The Breakfast Club, the anachronistic The Outsiders to lighter fare like Reality Bites) the kids of River's Edge are not just alienated and misunderstood, but thoroughly nastier pieces of work - the products of a cynical, complacent and nihilistic late-Cold War sensibility. They are not crying out to be understood, but to be left alone. In this sense, its most obvious cinematic antecedent is Jonathan Kaplan's underrated Over the Edge (1979), which it resembles in more than a few ways.Read more ›
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