River’s Edge (1986)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 56

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Directed by: Tim Hunter
Starring: Crispin Glover (Layne), Keanu Reeves (Matt), Dennis Hopper (Feck), Daniel Roebuck (Samson), Joshua John Miller (Tim), Ione Skye (Clarissa), Roxana Zal (Maggie)
Country: United States Effed Up American Films
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:39:39
Genres: Teens, Violence against Women, Dolls, Based on a True Story

Plot – Spoilers:
Samson strangles his girlfriend and leaves her body by the river. He then brags about it to his friends at school and takes them to the new tourist spot. The friends aren’t sure how to react and spend the next few days confused about their feelings and mostly quiet. One of them though is hot on the situation and as the self-appointed leader of the group, takes it upon himself to bundle Samson away from the law.

River’s Edge is a quiet and powerful portrayal of shared numbness among disparate, yet interesting characters. There’s Feck, the one-legged local dealer who kills his loneliness with a blowup doll. He carries intimidating stories from his past, but feels inadequate in the presence of Samson’s boisterous psychopathy. In Tim, there’s the searing resentment of a kid’s ambitious growth hormones stunted by the body they’re festering in. And of course, Layne – memorably played by Crispin Glover – who thinks he’s part of some kind of novel or movie.

In River’s Edge, the adults are obsessed with why the kids aren’t reacting the way they would. What gets everyone is the lack of obviously-displayed empathy, which is probably something users of this site would identify with – now, or from a past phase.

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Adrian Pagan
Adrian Pagan
June 13, 2024 12:44 am

One of my favorites. John is a hilarious asshole.

mant
mant
January 17, 2024 4:18 am

lowkey slaps

Sophie
Sophie
August 15, 2023 5:31 pm

Fantastic film I remember seeing this in an arthouse cinema I Liverpool mid 80′ s & somehow it resonated with me.

Nobody
Nobody
December 20, 2022 4:10 am

For this being based on a true story & classified as a Drama/Crime movie, it really lacked any heaviness, suspense, or emotional investment & it felt more like a Comedy. It’s disappointing & I don’t understand the high rating here.

Crispen Glover’s character just seemed liked a class clown that you couldn’t take serious. Dennis Hopper, with his blow up doll, crazy stories, how he used & talked about his gun… added to the feel of this being a Comedy. With the Comedy type movie feel, not one situation felt suspenseful.

There should’ve been a build up of who the person was behind the corpse & her interactions family & friends… then show her murder & it’s affect on her family. There was no way the audience is going to feel nearly as appalled, if at all, for her friends not immediately reporting her death… which should’ve been the main goal of the producer.

muffles
muffles
June 15, 2022 9:32 am

Having watched it after a very long time it felt a bit moralistic to me. It could easily loose the school room scenes and I think I would have been happier with Keanu getting killed in the end. Dennis is tops of course and was always the main reason anyone paid attention to the film originally.

kvothe
kvothe
April 28, 2022 6:18 am

great movie!

_Durandal_
_Durandal_
February 25, 2022 1:44 am

Not a bad movie. Meh

ruby rain
ruby rain
August 27, 2021 11:03 pm

why do i have to redo the typing when i drop my ipad on myself?honest question.send help i’m having a psychic episode

ruby rain
ruby rain
August 27, 2021 11:00 pm

that kid really be talking about his fucked up childhood at the age of 9 that’s toddlerhood.wait a second,there’s no way on earth that she had nails like that while living and they can’t grow after death.????sus.also that beanie,dressed in black dude is totally gay.the fat Fred Vogel lookin Brian Baumgartner lookin John Krasinski lookin Jason Segel lookin guy and beanie guy exchanged scripts and hoped no one would notice.MY GUY beanie guy threw the dead bitch in the river and hoped she would sink?????????????.IT ROLLED AHAHAHAHAHAHA.funny guy.if you get arrested do not admit alright?do not do it ever,regardless of if you did it or not.very much bad for business .man Keanu needs to chill out in this one.FOOD EATER???????????.MANN that’s not how to catch a kid on the bike and why is he sitting on him oh ma gawdd???????????????????? w t f is this bullshit.lets go of him and gets surprised that he escaped and starts yelling ????????????????????.man now i see why Keanu’s messed up,it runs in the family ????.????why is he in his carrrrrrr he’s gonna kill your assssssss ahhhhhhhhhhh sum gud eyebrows tho ???? NEVER FUCKING MIND,THE BEANIE GUY IS A RETARD!OH MY JESUS WHY IS THE FIVE YEAR OLD DRIVING A GOD DAMN CAR ????.we can get it stoned could sound off if you didn’t know the meaning lol coming to think of it it sounds off either way ????CATS HAVE PAWS IMA DIE AHH ????.”YOU DON’t UNDERSTAND A GOD DAMN THING DO YOU?????” lmao ????I… Read more »

Valkyrie
Valkyrie
August 5, 2021 6:30 am

Viewed this many years ago, it makes so much more sense now I’m older. Certainly recommended.

AmericanMonster49
AmericanMonster49
July 18, 2021 5:36 am

Ok I like Effup. but this movie was stupid.

DoRoBo
DoRoBo
July 18, 2021 4:49 am

This is amazing, but mainly when Keanu says “All you do is eat our food and fuck our mom!”.. A classic!

Skip to Peaches
Skip to Peaches
July 12, 2021 1:40 am

Hey kids , Skippy here.
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Anon
Anon
July 11, 2021 10:24 pm

Nice gritty movie and the performances from Crispin Glover and Dennis Hopper make it!

Aurelia
Aurelia
July 11, 2021 6:05 pm

so boring and keanu cant act lol

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
July 11, 2021 1:40 pm

Entertaining enough.. But.. some really bad acting.. poor use of music in spots.. seems poorly made in ways. Crispy Glover acts basically like he dis as Mcfly… apparently that’s how he always acts? The same weird expressive way he talks and even moves

Worldmdepeace
Worldmdepeace
July 11, 2021 10:29 am

Solid movie. 10/10.
Thanks, Admin.
Thank you for this site.
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July 11, 2021 1:24 am

seen it already, upload more films like this

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
July 10, 2021 5:26 pm

Requests are not allowed in the comment section. This is the CRP (comment request police)
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Vox
Vox
July 10, 2021 4:36 pm

Another total classic, LONG overdue here!