River's Edge is a 1986 American drama film written by Neal Jimenez and starring Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck, and Dennis Hopper.
It was awarded Best Picture from the Independent Spirit Awards in 1986.
A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend, Jamie. He brags to his friends 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 Samson, while the rest of the group (Matt, Clarissa, Maggie, and Tony) want to go to the police.
While the Jimenez screenplay is fiction, it draws from the November 3, 1981 murder of 14-year-old Marcy Renee Conrad, who was raped and strangled to death by 16-year-old Anthony Jacques Broussard in Milpitas, California.
Broussard bragged of raping and murdering Conrad, later showing the body to at least thirteen...