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River's Edge

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DVD10011451

  • Credits
    Crispin Glover, Crispin Hellion Glover, Dennis Hopper, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Ione Skye Leitch, Daniel Roebuck
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Hunter has an extraordinarily clear understanding of teenage characters....Acted with utter conviction by a fine and largely unknown young cast..."
    New York Times

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

    "...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..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Keanu Reeves is excellent....The movie has some of the creepy feel of Hopper's BLUE VELVET..."
    USA Today

    "[D]isconcertingly entertaining.The unsettling discordance is what keeps the film so strangely alive."

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