[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions vary.
A barebones drama, directed by Tim Hunter, is centered around a group of mostly burnout friends in rural Oregon who come to find that one of them(Daniel Roebuck) has killed another of their group. The knowledge of the crime has a different effect on everyone as they keep the information to themselves. When one of them finally tells the cops, it pushes things even further towards the edge.
Well shot and quite beautiful, it is highlighted with strong performances by Keanu Reeves(I really said that), Dennis Hopper(as an on-the-lam fella who killed his girl), Roebuck and Ione Skye. The score is quite dodgy at times and ultimately your enjoyment of the film will hinge on how you accept Crispin Glover's…
Another film, like my review of A.I., where I feel that the rating does not capture how enthusiastically I would recommend this. The lows are so low (the awful score, Crispin Glover's acting) that I can't rate it higher, but it ranks up there with Clueless as one of my favorite depictions of teenagers that I've ever seen.
And while Clueless represents the light side of teenagers, their goofiness, their romantic notions, their optimism, River's Edge perfectly captures their dark and dirty side. How someone might not know how to react to a murder, even a person they knew. How someone might turn that situation into sex and sort of move on from the dead body that they saw just…
An '80s antecedent to wasted-youth films like Larry Clark's KIDS and BULLY, RIVER'S EDGE is based on a true story about a group of metalhead teen "burnouts" who attempt to cover it up when one of their own strangles his girlfriend and leaves her body to rot on a riverbank. It's not perfect (largely thanks to the score, which too often sounds like a horror film instead of the drama that it is), but it's powerful and well-acted, despite moments of corniness.
It's also got lots of cult appeal, thanks to Dennis Hopper's supporting role as a melancholy, spaced-out drug dealer with a disturbing attachment to a blow-up doll, and to one of the most gloriously strange performances that Crispin…
If I had to compare River's Edge to any two movies, they would probably be My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Stand by Me (1986). The comparison with the latter is obvious; a group of young people and a dead body, only in River's Edge we actually see the body, and so do the characters. The comparison with My Own Private Idaho is a little harder to pin down; it's not because of Keanu Reeves' presence in the film -- although his performance here anticipates his much stronger work in Private Idaho -- but because of the film's focus on aimless, dispassionate youths.
The narrative of River's Edge, inspired by an actual event, is simple enough. A high school student…
This old 80's film shows how some trailer trash people were In real life.
Completely out of their stoned/washed faces all the time and haven't got a brain cell between them.
A great cast but one messed up film which gets worst throughout.
I think Matt (Keanu) gets a change of I.D in 1994 and goes by the name of Jack to track down Feck (Hopper) A.K.A Howard Payne.
Can you imagine if Hollywood tried to remake this one...well here it goes.
Lad goes down to the river with his girlfriend and strangles her after she made fun of his mum.
Goes home and gets straight onto his lap top.
Facebook Status:Just killed my girlfriend. If you don't believe me go down to the river.
Everybody goes down there and reports it to the cops.
This is a bizarre head fuck of a movie.
Stand By Me for stoners.
Bill And Ted's Depressing Adventure.
But some great, often insane performances, especially from Hopper and Glover, make it a memorable head fuck.
A lost generation are handily replicated in Tim Hunter's Gen X drama, which strikes a chord through intentionally repugnant characterization and an icy, and uncomfortable indifference to homicide. Weed will cure the ills of the world, as the shadow of Vietnam and the stormy 70s fades into a sea of apathy. Uncomfortable but admirably real.
I still haven't decided whether Crispin Glover's performance is embarrassingly terrible or completely batshit brilliant.
The perfect nihilistic antidote to all those John Hughes Eighties movies where Molly Ringwald throws a hissy fit because Michael Schoeffling won't finger-bang her in the back of her pink coupé.
much better than Kids
Pop quiz, hot shot. Name a movie starring Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper that isn't Speed. If you said River's Edge then you're either old, watch too many movies or both. Inspired by real events and awarded Best Picture at the 3rd annual Independent Spirit Awards, River's Edge tells the story of a high school teenager who murders his girlfriend and then shows the corpse to all his friends. The movie then explores how this affects everyone involved and does a good job. However, there are some questionable decisions that hurt the overall quality of the movie. Crispin Glover plays one of the main roles and delivers a totally coked out performance. It works somewhat towards the end as his…
A criminally underrated/underseen (I blame its generic poster) film that dissects the mythic quality of machismo, the polarising effect of tragedy, and the consequences of parental neglect. Frederick Elmes' homely cinematography immerses us in this bizarre town that's teeming with misfit characters. It fascinates in the same way as Picnic at Hanging Rock or The Virgin Suicides, where one shocking incident garners an air of melancholic ambiguity and serves to uproot a group of youths from their idle, carefree existences. Please endeavour to check this one out!
River's Edge està dirigida per Tim Hunter, amic personal de david Lynch i encarregat de dirigir alguns dels capítols i moments més impactants de Twin Peaks.
Per aquells fans de la sèrie que volgueu estar al cas de la petita controvèrsia que es va aixercar arran dels paral·lelismes que es van trobar -molt limitats- entre River's Edge i el pilot de la sèrie, la pel·lícula com a curiositat, us pot interessar. Bé, també hi surten Crispin Glover, Dennis Hopper i keanu Reeves, cosa que també li suma uns quants punts.
a movie that stays a couple of hours in your memory!
One of my favorite teenage thrillers of the 80s. It has an excellent cast, a great (and true) story, and it's even got a bit of humor. I highly recommend this movie.
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