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Rivers Edge (1987)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40146087
UPC: 027616857712
UPC 14: 00027616857712
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"Gripping...absorbing...disturbing and thought-provoking.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"The best and boldest American movie so far this year.  Rolling Stone
"A very great film. Two Thumbs up!  Siskel & Ebert

Editor's Note
Based on a real life incident, this disturbing drama serves as a seminal study of disillusioned and alienated youth. Set in a small rural town, the local clique of slacker teens is pulled apart when Samson (Daniel Roebuck) kills his girlfriend on the banks of the river and then callously shows off the dead body to his friends. The teens are so numb and ambivalent to the reality of their situation that they remain relatively unphased by the murder of one of their own. Crispin Glover is brilliant as the drugged out paranoid, Layne, who sympathizes with the killer, and plots to hide him at the house of an eccentric recluse (Dennis Hopper), who is rumored to have comitted a similar crime in the 1960s. Keanu Reeves and Ione Skye co-star as Matt and Clarissa, two friends who are drawn together in their realization that something is horribly wrong. In this startling portrait of a morally void society, director Tim Hunter creates a remarkable world of dysfunction and dead-end lives that is haunting in its accuracy.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/3/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1987
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10011451
Video UPC UPC: 00027616857712
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Crispin Glover
Video Cast Info Dennis Hopper
Video Cast Info Ione Skye
Video Cast Info Keanu Reeves
Video Cast Info Tim Hunter - Director
Video Cast Info Frederick Elmes - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jurgen Knieper - Musical Score
Video Cast Info John Daly, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Neal Jimenez - Writer
Plot Summary
A chilling and visually arresting drama that centers on a close-knit group of slacker teenagers who discover that one of their own has killed his girlfriend. Emotionally unprepared and ambivalent, they must struggle between friendship and responsibility before deciding to report the murder. Based on a real-life incident, this darkly disturbing portrait of amoral teens lost in a small town with no escape became an instant cult-classic. The excellent ensemble cast features Crispin Glover, Dennis Hopper, Ione Skye, and Keanu Reeves.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Hunter has an extraordinarily clear understanding of teenage characters....Acted with utter conviction by a fine and largely unknown young cast..." 05/08/1987 p.C28

"...Technically, [the film] is first-rate starting with the well-designed credit titles and continuing via the superior photography...[With a] fine music score..." 09/03/1986

Los Angeles Times
"...When it's great -- as in Dennis Hopper's scenes -- passion boils over the edges....There's a lot of low-key poetry and nicely casual tension in Hunter's direction and in Frederick Elmes' cinematography..." 05/08/1987 p.C20

USA Today
"...Keanu Reeves is excellent....The movie has some of the creepy feel of Hopper's BLUE VELVET..." 01/26/2001 p.6E

"[D]isconcertingly entertaining?.The unsettling discordance is what keeps the film so strangely alive." 11/01/2004 p.160

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
This is the best analytical film about a crime since In Cold Blood... [it] is not a film I will forget very soon. Its portrait of these adolescents is an exercise in despair. - Roger Ebert

Austin Chronicle 8 of 10
River's Edge is a great movie... Director Hunter is a whiz at pacing and keeps the plot rolling while he further muddies the waters with his intriguing montages... Keanu Reeves... gives a solid performance, proving once again that he plays burns-outs very, very well. - Adrienne Martini

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