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  • Actors: Ray Liotta, Ving Rhames, Christian Slater, Gisele Fraga, Michael Rodrick
  • Directors: Rich Cowan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00596WFE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The sins of the past are not forgotten in this chilling suspense thriller starring Ray Liotta, Christian Slater and Ving Rhames. When the first body was discovered, it seemed a coincidence. But now homicide detective Jack Verdon (Liotta) has cause to worry: the victims of a series of brutal sex murders are all his former girlfriends. Suspected by the FBI agent who’s taken over the case (Slater) and suspended by his captain (Rhames), Jack must work outside the law if he’s to find the killer, save his future and protect what’s left of his past.

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The River Murders seeks to find horror gold in the fusion of religious obsession and gruesome violence. Detective Jack Verdon (Ray Liotta) finds his life torn apart when a serial killer starts to murder women from his past in the same horrific way. The mystery of who the killer is and how he knows so much about Verdon's sexual history is a strong plot hook (preposterous yet engaging, like many good thrillers), but the dialogue ranges from workmanlike to clumsy to insulting. Liotta coasts blithely through the movie, apparently just picking up a paycheck; the other name actors, Ving Rhames and Christian Slater, don't try much harder. The lesser-known cast members, like Sarah Ann Schultz and Michael Rodrick, put in more effort with good results. The River Murders seems like it wanted to dive into the disturbing waters of Seven or at least the under-the-skin creeps of torture porn like Hostel, but it never manages to step beyond ogling the naked bodies of murdered women. --Bret Fetzer

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Some have worked on Christian films where the Christian theme is obvious.
ijidude
He doesn't have the charisma or acting skills to be the lead actor when you have a boring script.
Maryanna Kristine Sandurson
If I were asked about this movie, I would say DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!
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"Twelve years ago I dated Sarah for four months, the last time we had sex was right down there. That makes me a suspect." After finding an old girlfriend murdered Detective Jack Verdon (Liotta) is suspended from the force. After more and more women from his past end up dead he starts his own investigation. This is a movie that really surprised me. I do like Liotta and Slater but lately their movies have not been that impressive to watch. This is a huge exception. While it had all the makings of a bad TV movie this became something more. I'm not saying this is amazing or anything new, it has the same plot of many of the CSI-type shows but seemed better then those to me. While this movie was not as tense as it wanted to be it still kept me watching and I enjoyed this very much. It may have been because of no expectations but I would recommend this. Overall, a very entertaining murder mystery movie that is better then expected. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't know if I will or not

*Also try - In Her Skin & Untraceable
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In this crime drama set in the rainy Northwest, homicide detective Liotta is the FBI's prime suspect is a series of mutilation killings. All are women he's been intimate with in the past. With plot holes large enough to drive a Humvee through and an out-of-left-field twist solution, it's saved only by the efforts of a solid cast.

Liotta's looking well-preserved, if chunky. Slater does his patented smarmy Nicholson imitation. Rhames underplays it to good effect.

For fans of these three, well worth seeing.

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Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(5.2) The River Murders (2011) - Ray Liotta/Ving Rhames/Christian Slater/Gisele Fraga/Sarah Ann Schultz/Michael Rodrick
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MadMacs on October 25, 2011
Format: DVD
I really enjoy when Liotta does human. Obviously, I'm referring to its adjective usage. He's so often cast as the psychotic nutter or conniving monster, it's fascinating seeing him display humble and vulnerable; a person grounded with clay feet.

There's a real kindness and touching quality to him when he's not being himself, or perhaps this is an aspect of his real self that we don't get to see very often. Whatever the case, and much like his incredible work in the fantastic 2004 film 'Control', I really appreciate these performances.

In this production Liotta plays Jack Verdon, a veteran police detective who finds himself at the crux of a series of murders that span the entire country. A brutal serial killer is on the loose and, one way or another, every death tracks back to him. Both his own department and the FBI have taken note - and they're looking for answers that he can't or won't supply. It's the latter option that has irked fellow law enforcement officers and placed suspicion onto Jack's actions, who seems unwilling to fully reveal his relationships to several of the victims.

It's clear he's being framed, but who can he trust? And what's really behind all the deaths?

The story itself is a cobbled patchwork of other similar films and themes, so don't expect any blindside plot shockers. Instead, if you're interested in seeing an actor going against type, then this fits into an unusual group of films that quietly blends and merges between strict definitions. In many ways this flick deviates from the action/thriller genre, under which it's categorized, and fits more into the character study of productions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on October 23, 2011
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If anyone other than Liotta had been in the movie it wouldnt have been worth watching. As usual the man comes through. A VERY underrated actor, partially because of a short term problem with drugs and alcohol, the man has "cleaned up" and even when he was having his "problems" I cannot recall seeing a movie that he appeared in that I didnt like.
I do recommend this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 1, 2011
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Wow! Ray Liotta's cop character has had almost as many female conquests as "Two and a Half Men's" Charlie Harper! Unfortunately, some of his exes are being gruesomely murdered. Is Liotta the killer? That's the dilemma in this slow-moving but intriguing B-movie.
Even though the killer's identity is revealed early on, his motivation is concealed but obvious at the same time.
Liotta, so good in GOODFELLAS and NARC, gives an oddly uneven performance, bouncing all over the place, underacting key scenes and overacting in lower-key moments. He has little chemistry with his wife, an underwhelming Gisele Fragas, but has some good scenes with Ving Rhames, who is wasted as his partner. Christian Slater drops by between his cancelled TV series to caricaturize an FBI profiler. Michael Rodrick as the disturbed John is the most effective performer, his pretty boy looks masking a dark secret. The religious overtone of the film is accentuated by a haunting musical score and there is some lovely Washington state scenery, even though it's always raining.
THE RIVER MURDERS often plays like an episode of 48 HOURS MYSTERY, but I got involved in its script, despite the movie's obvious flaws. Crime enthusiasts should be entertained but it's not the most memorable of the genre's lot.
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