|Directed by||Tim Hunter|
|Produced by||Sarah Pillsbury
|Written by||Neal Jimenez|
|Music by||Jürgen Knieper|
|Edited by||Howard E. Smith
|Distributed by||Island Pictures|
|Box office||$4.6 million|
The movie was awarded Best Picture at the 1986 Independent Spirit Awards.
A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, John, has murdered one of their friends, Jamie. He brags to them all at school about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions vary. Layne, the self-proclaimed leader of the group, is intent on keeping the murder a secret and protecting John, while the rest of the group (Matt, Clarissa, Maggie, and Tony) contemplate going to the police.
- Crispin Glover as Layne
- Keanu Reeves as Matt
- Ione Skye (credited Ione Skye Leitch) as Clarissa
- Daniel Roebuck as Samson 'John' Tollet
- Dennis Hopper as Feck
- Roxana Zal as Maggie
- Joshua John Miller as Tim
- Josh Richman as Tony
- Phillip Brock as Mike
- Tom Bower as Det. Bennett
- Constance Forslund as Madeleine
- Leo Rossi as Jim
- Jim Metzler as Mr. Burkewaite
- Taylor Negron as Checker
- Danyi Deats as Jamie
- Tammy Smith as Kim
- Christopher Peters as Tom
Broussard bragged about the crime, showing the body to at least thirteen different people; despite this, the crime went unreported for two days.
Neal Jimenez read the story in the newspaper while visiting friends, wrote a script and turned it in to his instructor while he was an English major at Santa Clara University. Jimenez said "that the incident is merely the inspiration for the screenplay".
River's Edge received positive reviews from critics. It holds an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 38 reviews with the consensus: "A harrowing tale of aimless youth, River's Edge generates considerable tension and urgency thanks to strong performances from a stellar cast including Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves and Ione Skye."
Gene Siskel put River's Edge at No. 7 on his best of 1987.
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