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I finally bought this movie, its one of Keanu Reeves 1st movies. very cool 80's flick, anyone have this?
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"River's Edge" is a disturbing movie that was actually based on a true story which makes it even more disturbing. I've never been much of a Crispin Glover fan and in reflection it might be because of his character from this movie. Great performance by Ione Skye as well.
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This was a disturbing, yet impressive movie. Hardly any 80's cultural references, it still stands up, not dated in any way. I've always found Glover to be somewhat entertaining. Although his infamous interview(if you call it) with Letterman while he was on acid is a train wreck.
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i enjoyed it. i thought glover's character was funny. and the scenes with dennis hopper made laugh as well. i didn't find the movie to be disturbing, except for the younger brother.. (who always plays a younger brother in movies) joshua miller. he's just spooky to me.

overall, good movie.

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I always thought it was disturbing too. Quite a few people in a small group that seem to have no conscience or respect for right and wrong.
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i loved this movie. probably because it is so disturbing.

but i wanted to punch the little brother in the face.

crispin glover rules too.

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Ronnie and xchazx, I totally agree that Joshua Miller is just downright spooky. That trait worked perfectly for him in the movie "Near Dark", but as great as he was in that flick, I always felt he was miscast in "Teen Witch".
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I have never seen it either. Do I want to? What's it about?
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I have this movie, but it's not one of those feel good 80's flicks you pull out, when you want some nostalgia... still, a pretty good movie though!
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quote:
Originally posted by ISIS:
I have never seen it either. Do I want to? What's it about?

Here's a couple links for you

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091860/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River's_Edge

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I saw it back in the 80s... I thought it was strange...
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I read about it...it does sound disturbing. I am not so sure about it. It does have a great cast though.
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I could never stand Joshua Miller. Hard to believe that his half brother is Jason Patric.
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I like it even though it wasn't exactly an uplifting movie. I've always liked Crispin Glover for some reason. What's even harder to believe is that Jason Patric was Jackie Gleason's grandson....
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I couldn't stand watching Teen Witch because of Joshua Miller, I didn't know if he was a boy or a girl, or what age he was suppose to be...or what was up with him. He creeped me out.
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Watched the UK Blu of River's Edge last night and I still think it's a movie that holds up quite well even to this day,the plots quite disturbing as are the countless shots of the naked female corpse plus Daniel Roebuck plays the emotionless killer Samson to perfection and really gets under your skin!

Crispin Glover who I normally don't mind I absolutely detested here and his character of Layne was seriously annoying,thought Ione Skye gave a good performance though and also looked really beautiful here in what was her film debut and it was also great to see Keanu Reeves in an early role as well as Dennis Hopper as a one legged drug dealer who lives with a Blow Up Doll!

Like mentioned above it's not a movie your going to be pulling off your shelf too often as it's very bleak and depressing but it is very well made all the same!

The Blu Ray from Signal One Entertainment is a worthy upgrade from the DVD for any fans out there as both picture and sound were much improved and you also get an audio commentary from Director Tim Hunter plus a Q&A with the great Richard Linklater.


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Ione Skye and Keanu Reeves in River's Edge.

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Re-watched River's Edge on Blu-ray recently. This is the first time I had seen the film on Blu, and it was definitely an upgrade from the regular DVD re: picture quality, etc. However, it's an older film so the print isn't perfect.

Great film - I've only seen it a couple of times in the past, and I consider it extremely well done - especially considering it was obviously a low-budget movie. It's definitely an indy-type film, and though it featured K. Reeves, IIRC it was one of his first roles & he wasn't that well-known at the time...the vibe/tone of the film actually seems more like a '90's indy film than an '80's film, probably because the indy film "movement" (such as it was) seemed to begin in the '90's...

Though I knew the film was based on real-life events in CA back in the early '80's, after doing some research & finding out more details...I was even more disturbed by the movie. Quite horrific.

I was also in H.S. in the '80's (I graduated towards the end of that decade), and for whatever reason I never saw the film then. However, seeing the movie much later did also remind me a lot of that time, since I knew a lot of kids like those characters.

Though the film was obviously extremely grim, there was some unintentional?! comedy: I laughed @ the scenes with the ex-hippie teacher trying to engage the kids in his class (by talking about his activism when he was younger), and having it fall on deaf ears...the kids were either bored, indifferent, or stoned, and obviously didn't give a rat's @$$- hilarious! I liked how his righteous indignation at the state of the country (and later, the horrific crime) failed to move the kids at all....This also really dates the film as a product of it's era (which it obviously was), since I remembered that during the '80's a lot of these ex-hippies from the '60's & '70's had entered the workforce - and were becoming part of "the establishment" that they had fought against when they were younger - whether they wanted to or not.

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