A high school slacker kills his girlfriend and shows off her dead body to their friends. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.
Release Year: 1986
Rating: 7.0/10 (7,453 voted)
Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye
A group of high school friends must come to terms with the fact that one of them, Samson, killed another, Jamie. Reactions vary, as Layne is intent on protecting Samson and smuggling him out of the state, while others think it's best to go to the police. Matt's tough little brother also finds out about the body and no one knows quite how the police will learn about the murder or who will be blamed for it.
(as Ione Skye Leitch)
Samson 'John' Tollet
Joshua John Miller
(as Joshua Miller)
The most controversial film you will see this year.
Release Date: 8 May 1987
Filming Locations: Arcade Enterprise, La Crescenta, California, USA
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Did You Know?
Although it is a work of fiction, the movie was inspired by the actual murder of Marcy Conrad, who was killed by her boyfriend Anthony Jacques Broussard in Milpitas, California in 1981.
When Layne and Samson are driving in the car together at night, the shadow of the rear-view mirror is visible on Samson's face. In the long shots, the shadow appears to have a cross hanging from it, but on the close-ups of Samson's face, there is no cross.
[points at legal age sign]
That's a real nice sign, how much.
I have to see ID.
I left it at home. How much?
I'm not going to sell you this unless you show me ID.
One of the saddest, most shocking and realistic stories you may ever see.
River's edge is not a PLEASANT film to watch but it is an incredible one.
Having viewed it many years ago I truly think it would still have the
ability to shock were it to be re released or remade or something. Perhaps
no movie ever made has captured the essense of young suburban inertia like
this distrubing frightening movie. Given that this is based on a true
it is even more disturbing. Very well acted and just UNPLEASANT at many
times to watch but also a little known masterpiece and a truely important
film. Should be a mandatory to watch shown nationwide in all highschools.