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River's Edge

Plot

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)

Director:
Tim Hunter

Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye

Storyline
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.

Cast:

Crispin Glover

Layne


Keanu Reeves

Matt


Ione Skye

Clarissa

(as Ione Skye Leitch)


Daniel Roebuck

Samson 'John' Tollet


Dennis Hopper

Feck


Joshua John Miller

Tim

(as Joshua Miller)


Roxana Zal

Maggie


Josh Richman

Tony


Phillip Brock

Mike


Tom Bower

Bennett


Constance Forslund

Madeleine


Leo Rossi

Jim


Jim Metzler

Mr. Burkewaite


Tammy Smith

Kim


Danyi Deats

Jamie

Taglines:
The most controversial film you will see this year.

Release Date: 8 May 1987

Filming Locations: Arcade Enterprise, La Crescenta, California, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $1,900,000

(estimated)

Gross: $4,600,000
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

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.

Goofs:

Continuity:
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.

Quotes:

[first lines]

Checker:
[points at legal age sign]

Samson:
That's a real nice sign, how much.

Checker:
I have to see ID.

Samson:
I left it at home. How much?

Checker:
I'm not going to sell you this unless you show me ID.



User Review

One of the saddest, most shocking and realistic stories you may ever see.

Rating: 9/10

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
story
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.
Fantastic.