[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.
Like some gutter version of Stand By Me held together by an exquisite cast of characters including an eccentric delinquent Crispin Glover and a one legged dope dealer with a blow up doll girlfriend played by Dennis Hopper. Strangely resonant considering how dark it is yet never takes itself too seriously. This is the type of anti-John Hughes youth cinema that the 80s needed. See also: Over the Edge.
"I killed a girl, it was no accident. Put a gun to the back of her head and blew her brains right out the front. I was in love."
"I strangled mine."
"Did you love her?"
"She was okay."
Pretty slow film that was backed up by the performance of Dennis Hopper.
Crispin Glover plays a character which is not a stereotypical nerd, rather the opposite.
This has a great tonal balance between super dark and charmingly humorous and sweet.
I like Crispin Glover normally, but he was really annoying in this. I totally dug Dennis Hopper's character, one of my new faves.
This is, as Todd Liebenow so rightly points out on an episode of Forgotten Filmcast that probably hasn't been released yet, a sort of anti-John-Hughes-teen-angst movie, starring Keanu Reeves as the sort of kid John Bender would have been if he'd been real. It's a dark, grim affair, set in a town that looks like it hasn't seen a day that wasn't overcast in several decades, run-down homes, bad parents, and the like.
It has a very powerful sense of realism, particularly if you remember the "Satanic panic" of the mid-to-late-'80s and the suspicion with which society viewed clumps of teenagers who listened to metal and punk and dressed the part. If you knew burnouts when you were in school,…
I liked the tender scenes between Dennis Hopper and Ellie, Keanu Reeeve's sensitive teen sensibilities, and Crispin Glover's hyper-manic mannerisms. I hated every single time that iconically horrible 80s kid actor was on the screen.
This played out like a made for TV movie at times. The acting was all over the place. There are moments of atrocious, mind-numbingly bad performances, then in the next scene there would be a subtle, and impressive showing. Very uneven. This dealt with a true story that brings up some very interesting questions about what friends would do to and for each other if one of them got involved in a murder. Great themes for a cinematic approach, but ultimately I feel like they didn't pull from it enough to merit a worthwhile experience.
I don't know what it is about this movie. It's haunting. It has a certain feel to it. Very raw and emotional. Kind of artsy. I first saw this when I was too young to really understand it. I get it now. Great film.
With this cast I was hoping for so much more. Crispin Glover is so over the top that it takes you out of the film. Also, I'm not sure the way the characters portray the situation they are in is quite accurate. What could have been a film about the inner struggle in doing what's right just plays out to causally.
A film that really resonated with me in my youth. Horrifying, haunting, powerful, and that amazingly kooky performance from Crispin Glover. It's a real downer, for sure, but a compulsively watchable drama about a group of troubled teens harboring a horrible secret.
Who would have imagined that I would have the opportunity to see both sides of Keanu Reeves in one day? Certainly not I.
Keanu is much better-suited for Tom Hunter's River's Edge than he was for Point Break. His portrayal of a disaffected high school student who isn't sure how to react when one of his classmates murders another is eminently more believable than anything involved bank robberies and the FBI. In fact, the film is full of really strong performances wherein actors evoke the confusion that comes with pubescence (and sometimes never goes away). Credit especially to Dennis Hopper, who carries much more of the film than I expected, and does a great job.
There is one outlier however,…
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