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The Riverman 2004 R CC


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(57) IMDb 6/10
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The film recounts Keppel's efforts to track down serial killer Gary Ridgeway, aka the Green River Killer. With 10 unsolved murders weighing on his mind, Keppel (played by Bruce Greenwood) agrees to a plan whereby an imprisoned mass murderer with a similar M.O. will be brought into the investigation in hopes of second-guessing the killer at large.

Bruce Greenwood, Sam Jaeger
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Bill Eagles
Starring Bruce Greenwood, Sam Jaeger
Supporting actors Sarah Manninen, Kathleen Quinlan, Cary Elwes, David Brown, Jeremy Akerman, Cindy Sampson, Richard Blackburn, Mark Graham, John Dunsworth, Sherry Smith, Lee J. Campbell, Leah Ostry, Colin Rogers, Grant Rogers, Venessa Brooks, Tara McCalla, Marie Panopalis, Michael Pellerin
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By CR Hawk on October 3, 2010
Format: DVD
Recipe: Take Carry Elwes, Bruce Greenwood and Kathleen Quinlan, then add an interesting plot, stir all together for about 90 minutes and then enjoy the end product--a surprisingly good and tasty morsel of a movie.

"The Riverman" is based upon a well written fact based book by Robert Keppel, PhD, the man who interviewed Ted Bundy with the hopes of getting inside Bundy's mind in effort to help find the infamous Green River Killer. The interviews aided the Washington state authorities in the apprehension of Gary Leon Ridgway for nearly 50 murders to a point, however, Keppel's talks with Bundy actually achieved more success in attaining Bundy's motives for his own killings, along with getting Bundy to add closure for several Washington families by confessing to several of the Seattle area's unsolved murders.

This movie could easily have been called "The Campus Killer Interviews" or "A Brief Look Inside the Mind of the Lady Killer" since it was more about Bundy's interviews with Keppel, and not so much about Ridgway, aka the Green River Killer. In fact, if you're looking for a portrayal or more indepth look at Ridgway, you can get hold of Uli Lommel's 2006 "Green River Killer" (not good, but OK) or one of the several bio DVD's available on Ridgway.

No matter what the title of this movie is however, it is superb due to the excellent acting in the two lead roles: Cary Elwes as Ted Bundy, who does a stupendous job at delving into the mind of Bundy and bringing it to the viewer; and Bruce Greenwood as Robert Keppel, who has the innate ability to get you to empathize with Keppel's inner and outer struggles in dealing with his link to two prolific serial killers he had the displeasure of hunting down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By California Dreaming on January 29, 2013
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(Update August 2014: I actually changed my review of Dr. Keppel's book in which this film was adapted from a 4 to a 5 a while back. It might be the best serial book ever.)

From what I remember, it was Ted Bundy who coined the name "Riverman" for the killer of prostitutes in the Seattle area during the 70s and 80s. I guess the name derived from the fact that the then unknown post-Bundy killer liked to dump his victims in the Green River.

Not a bad name given by not such a good guy, but Cary Elwes is fantastic here as the supposedly nastiest serial killer in US history: Ted Bundy. Sure, there have been those that have killed more people, such as Gary Ridgeway -- the actual Riverman himself -- but few that have killed in such a violent fashion such as Bundy. But while Bundy was indeed bad, Mr. Elwes is not, never devolving into caricature as he seems to invade the true psyche of Bundy in this film. I gave the film "Silence of the Lambs" five stars, but I believe that Mr. Elwes was given more realistic dialog here than Anthony Hopkins in that award-winning film, and this lesser known actor took advantage of it.

I read the book "The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer" quite awhile ago, and I gave it four stars. In reality, I probably should have gone five (I already did as I wrote above) since it is easily the best true crime book that I've read to date, surely better than "Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule. Dr. Robert Keppel did an excellent job describing the things that I'm looking for in the genre: what was going on from an historical perspective at the time, what were the motivations of the killer, and how did the detectives catch the perpetrator. Not only that, but Dr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on April 30, 2014
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The Green River killer, who stalked the red light district of Seattle-Tacoma in the 80s and 90s, eluded police for so long that one of the lead investigators followed up on a letter sent to him. What made this letter, a whopping 22 pages long, so special was the name of the sender; the writer had eluded the grasp of this same detective before. That man was Ted Bundy.

This movie is based upon a book written by Bob Keppel, and everything in the above paragraph happened in real life. After the Green River killer was apprehended in 2001, Keppel sat down to write a book about his experience in tracking the killer and how he came to Florida to interview another notorious killer who offered his input to help catch TGRK (for short). While the book covers more detail about the investigation's evolution over time, the movie "The Riverman" focuses on the actions of Ted Bundy during the final days of his life.

The Syopsis

"The Riverman" is a drama that details how one investigator worked on the case of the Green River Killer, as well as his personal life and how his work affected his family. The pace of the movie is sluggish at first; it begins with an inner monologue by Keppel while he is washing his car and his children are playing around nearby. He is a man who is haunted by images of the bodies of murder victims, as well as him not being able to "catch" Ted Bundy earlier in his career. He is now a Captain on the police force, and while not formally a member of TGRK's Task Force, he is very interested in capturing the culprit; the lead detective on the case is a good friend and former student, and he uses this connection to learn details about the ongoing investigation.
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