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The lives of a group of teenagers are thrown into a moral spin when one of them murders his girlfriend. Faced with the brutal reality of death, each must decide whether to turn their friend in to the police, or to help him escape the consequences of his

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Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Tim Hunter
Starring Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves
Supporting actors Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck, Dennis Hopper, Joshua John Miller, Roxana Zal, Josh Richman, Phillip Brock, Tom Bower, Constance Forslund, Leo Rossi, Jim Metzler, Tammy Smith, Danyi Deats, Yuzo Nishihara, Taylor Negron, Christopher Peters, Richard Richcreek, Maeve Odum
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

The guy playing the character really looks like the blank psycho's you see on the news.
Kelly EC
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.
P. I. Johnson
Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover, and Dennis Hopper are absolutely superb, and the supporting cast excellent.
Alejandra Vernon

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48 of 51 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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12 of 12 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 Rottenberg's rotten book review on January 25, 2004
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This was a great movie, but it's not quite the social indictment that it purports to be. Mostly it works on the power of its stars and some godawfully chilling mood music.
Samson (AKA "John") is a not-so-gentle giant of a teen who impulsively strangles his girlfriend. Though the murder and murderer are quickly common knowledge to local high-school denizens, nobody immediately runs to the police. This doesn't keep just about everybody her age from gawking at her now stripped corpse when it's found along the river's edge. Various reasons keep Samson's peers from even alerting the police to the body - mostly they have to do with loyalty. In a bizarre twist, their loyalty stems not from Samson, but from his friend Layne, a local Death-Metal kid who is determined not to "narc" out one of his own. While the rest remain silent, Layne makes Samson's safety and escape his personal crusade. Matt (Keanu Reeves) stirs from the pack, and calls the police. At first a suspect (he can't explain to the police the delay) Matt's released, whereupon he pretends to help Layne keep Samson safe. Most of the film is confined to the late hours of a single night, when our characters split up and tragically collide. When police flood the streets looking for Samson, it's clear that somebody "Narced". Though Layne never suspects Matt, Matt's younger brother immediately fixates on his elder sibling's betrayal, and plots revenge. At first, Layne stashes Samson with Feck (Dennis Hopper), an elder pot-head who's on the run for murder, but Samson is too impulsive to stay in one place for very long. When Feck runs out of beer, the pair leave the safety of Feck's house for beer, bullets and a trip back to the river's edge.
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