Buy “River's Edge Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck, Dennis Hopper, Joshua John Miller, Roxana Zal, Josh Richman, Phillip Brock, Tom Bower, Constance Forslund, Leo Rossi, Tim Hunter, David Streit, Derek Gibson, Gabrielle Liuzzi, John Daly, Midge Sanford, Sarah Pillsbury, Neal Jimenez Movies & TV” Online

River's Edge

This is an older movie and one of the first ones Keanu Reeves starred in. I don’t know how this one has passed by me all of these years because this movie is a true gem. It is loosely based on a true event where a boy killed his girlfriend, shows no emotion or remorse, and even takes his friends to see the body. He isn’t proud of what he’s done – he’s just completely ambivalent. Unfortunately, so are his friends when they see the body of their murdered friend. They are so numb and detached from reality the magnitude of what has happened doesn’t touch them. Some of his friends, brilliantly played by Crispin Glover, try to come up with a way to "save" their friend from being caught. His friend doesn’t really care about being saved, though, and none of the other kids really ever get on board. The dynamic between the teenage kids and their parents is truly sad and apathetic. Keanu Reeves’ character has a sweet, close bond with his little sister and a very contentious relationship with his younger brother who is a truly frightening character. Dennis Hopper plays an eccentric recluse whom the kids use to get drugs from. He ends up playing a pivotal role in the movie and I think is the only character that truly realizes how dangerous the boy who killed his girlfriend is. The acting is superior, the plot is based on true events and the story is very well told. When the movie ended I had kind of a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. It’s not often a movie moves me the way this one did. It is definitely worth watching – at least once. I’m happy to have it as part of my movie collection. It’s a well made film and a well told story. Check it out!

Based on the horrifying real-life murder of a young California girl, this “powerful portrait” (Newsweek) of deadly, disaffected teens stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Crispin Glover (Charlie’s Angels), Ione Skye Leitch (One Night Stand), Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination) and Dennis Hopper (Ed TV) in a tale that is “chilling to witness” (The New York Times). On the bank of a river lies the naked body of a brutally murdered young girl. Atthe nearby high school, Samson (Roebuck) brags to Matt (Reeves) and his friends about how he killedher. Drunk and stoned, the doubting teens trudge to the river and discover that he isn’t lying. Andoddly, they decide to protect Samson behind a loyal wall of secrecy. Tormented with guilt, Matt questions their silence and suddenly finds himself in a troubling position: should he do what he thinksis right, or should he keep quiet and live with this demon for the rest of his life?

 

 

 

River’s Edge Review

 

A classic! For its time, it gave one of the more "honest" looks into the lives of a handful of teenage outcasts, barely emotionally equipped to handle the day to day troubles – let alone the chilling murder by the hands of one of their own. Misguided and often confused, we see how this tragic event is twisted into some romantic test of loyalty. Turning against each other and fighting for some direction in the moral ambiguity of their lives. The budget might not have had much but the director and writer tell a great story, along with great performances by the cast, flush out this dark and all too real world. Great soundtrack. A great movie! Still holds up after all these years. -Read Reviews-

A difficult movie to watch, this film is even more difficult to rate. The cast of familiar stars is impressive, with each member providing quite a good performance in their own way. Crispen Glover in particular delivers a character that is unique and interesting, completely surreal, and oddly depraved. Keanu Reeves keeps his performance steady and targeted here compared to other performances that he gave us during the era this was filmed. Ione Skye plays it safe as a character much less mature than what we a used to. And, it’s got freakin’ Dennis Hopper. The plot and the style manage to survive underneath the weight of the talent, but just barely. It’s kind of a Heathers meets Blue Velvet. The setting is grungy and cold and grey. I felt frustrated waiting for some sort of redemption, as the characters react to each other and their situation so unconventionally. Overall, this movie is oddly refreshing and interesting. And, it’s got freakin’ Dennis Hopper.

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