Tim Hunter's River's ed ge is an unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic.

Tim Hunter’s River’s ed ge is an unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic.

The setting is a small town, presumably in Oregon. Pic opens with 12-year-old Tim destroying his kid sister’s doll and then spotting high-schooler Samson sitting on the river bank with the naked body of a girl he’s just murdered. Tim’s reaction is to steal a couple of cans of beer for the killer.

But they’re really nice at heart, the film seems to be saying. They have to cope with broken homes and the threat of the Bomb, otherwise they wouldn’t be so hopeless.

As group leader Layne, Crispin Glover could have used more restraint: he gives a busy, fussy performance. Others in the cast are more effective, with young Joshua Miller particularly Striking as the awful child, Tim.

River's Edge

Production

Hemdale. Director Tim Hunter; Producer Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford; Screenplay Neal Jimenez; Camera Frederick Elmes; Editor Howard Smith, Sonya Sones; Music Jurgen Knieper; Art Director John Moto

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Crispin Glover Keanu Reeves Ione Skye David Roebuck Dennis Hopper Leo Rossi
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