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River's Edge Details

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The nude, strangled body of a teenaged girl lies on the edge of the river. Her murderer is her boyfriend, Daniel Roebuck. All the kids in Roebuck's dismal, dead-end town know who committed the murder. Trouble is, no one bothers to turn Roebuck in; some of the teens don't know how to react to the crime, while others, strung out on drugs and booze, just don't give a damn. A study of contemporary alienation, River's Edge was based on a real-life incident that occurred in Milpitas, California, in 1981. That same year, Neal Jimenez wrote his screenplay for River's Edge, but was not able to finance the project until 1987. Except for Dennis Hopper, cast as a holdover from the sixties who hobbles about on one leg and makes love to a blow-up doll, the cast was largely comprised of unknowns, many of whom (Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye) would definitely be heard from in the future. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 8, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Neal Jimenez Best Screenplay 1987 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Tim Hunter In Competition 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tim Hunter Best Director 1987 Nominee

Cast

Crispin Glover
as Layne
Keanu Reeves
as Matt
Ione Skye
as Clarissa
Daniel Roebuck
as Samson "John" Tollette
Dennis Hopper
as Feck
Joshua Miller
as Tim, Matt's Brother
Leo Rossi
as Jim
Josh Richman
as Tony
Tom Bower
as Bennett
Roxana Zal
as Maggie
Constance Forslund
as Madeleine
Phil Brock
as Mike
Richard Richcreek
as Kevin
Tammy Smith
as Kim, Matt's Sister
Maeve Odum
as Student
Maryedith Burrell
Michael Hungerford
as Tony's Father
Taylor Negron
as Checker
James Terry
as Cop
Chris Peters
as Tom
Danyl Deats
as Jamie
Jim Metzler
as Burkewaite, Teacher

Crew

Tim Hunter
Director
Midge Sanford
Producer
Sarah Pillsbury
Producer
Neal Jimenez
Screenwriter
Jürgen Knieper
Composer (Music Score)
Sonya Sones
Editor
Howard E. Smith
Editor
John Muto
Production Designer
David Streit
Co-producer
Derek Gibson
Executive Producer
John Daly
Executive Producer
Claudia Brown
Costume Designer
Kenny Myers
Makeup
Gabor Kernyaiszky
Makeup
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