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20th Century Flicks

River's Edge

Dir: Tim Hunter, 1986, USA, 99 minutes, Cert 18

Thu 18 July 2019 // 20:00

Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)

Occupying a cinematic space somewhere between Stand By Me and American Psycho, Rivers Edge is a rarely seen highlight of 1980s American cinema. Based on a real-life case and cited by Salon magazine as 'the darkest teen film of all time' it tells the story of a teenager who murdered his girlfriend and left her naked body lying on the bank of a river. When his group of friends find out their reactions are unpredictable, ambiguous and disturbing. Featuring a cast that includes Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper and Ione Skye, River's Edge is a tour de force of teenage nihilism.

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