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River's Edge

  R HD Closed Captioning

Tim Hunter

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Plot Summary

Based on the horrifying real-life murder of a young California girl, this "powerful portrait" (Newsweek) of deadly, disaffected teens stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Crispin Glover (Charlie's Angels), Ione Skye Leitch (One Night Stand), Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination) and Dennis Hopper (Ed TV) in a tale that is "chilling to witness" (The New York Times). On the bank of a river lies the naked body of a brutally murdered young girl. At the nearby high school, Samson (Roebuck) brags to Matt (Reeves) and his friends about how he killed her. Drunk and stoned, the doubting teens trudge to the river and discover that he isn't lying. And oddly, they decide to protect Samson behind a loyal wall of secrecy. Tormented with guilt, Matt questions their silence and suddenly finds himself in a troubling position: should he do what he thinks is right, or should he keep quiet and live with this demon for the rest of his life?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 38
  • Fresh: 33
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Bitter and disturbing. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: An unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: River's Edge is a contemporary horror story about teen-agers, but it contains no slasher scenes or serial homicides. Its monsters are all too real. – Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times, Nov 11, 2013

Fresh: This is the best analytical film about a crime since The Onion Field and In Cold Blood. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Been a while

I love this movie, and Dennis Hoppers character is good. Must watch film

Hidden gem from the 80's

One movie that has stuck over the years. Crispin Glover is haunting , especially if u have grown up with people like this. Keanu is coherent , Hopper chaotic and brilliant. It has that surely messed up now kid from Near Dark. See this movie !!

River's Edge
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1987

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