The River's Edge

1957

Adventure / Crime / Drama / Thriller

2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 41%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41% · 50 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.4/10 10 1378 1.4K

Director

Top cast

Ray Milland as Nardo Denning
Anthony Quinn as Ben Cameron
Debra Paget as Margaret Fowler
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
802.04 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 27 min
Seeds 7
1.45 GB
1920*816
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 27 min
Seeds 12

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by telegonus 7 / 10

Ray's Dark Side

Those who think of Ray Milland as a skilled light comedian or an amiable drunk will be surprised by his work in this late Allan Dwan entry. He's mean as can be in this one, and the best thing in the movie, making Anthony Quinn look weak by comparison; not an easy thing to do, but Ray pulls it off with style. Debra Paget is an asset as well in this trim, modest film.

Reviewed by MOscarbradley 6 / 10

A first-class B movie

A first class B movie from the redoubtable Allan Dwan who, over the years, became something of an expert in making silk purses out of sow's ears. Not that this resembles anything like a sow's ear. It's got a decent script and good performances from Ray Milland as the cold-hearted killer trying to get across the border into Mexico with a suitcase full of money and Anthony Quinn as the farmer who is taking him there. What gives the film its kick is that none of it's three protagonists, (the third, Debra Paget, is the farmer's wife who happens to be the killer's former partner), is particularly noble, (indeed all display varying degrees of rottenness), and all are psychologically very well drawn. It's also very handsomely shot in wide-screen and combines studio and location work to good effect.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10

God still has a sense of humor

Watching The River's Edge today put me in mind of The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre. Just imagine if one of those treasure hunters had been a woman on the trip. Think they had problems then?

Ray Milland is the Fred C. Dobbs of the piece. Only he's not looking for gold, he's got a valise with a lot of money in cash. A notorious grifter he's on the run and headed for his former girlfriend Debra Paget. He wants the services of her current husband Anthony Quinn who is a guide and tracker to take him across the Mexican border and away from the law.

Given Paget's beauty and her involvement with both of these men you can imagine what a tense trip this was. Milland commits two murders along the way, that of a US Border Patrolmen and Chubby Johnson an old prospector

Like The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre 90% of the film is focused on the three leads. At no time is anyone truly sure of how they stand with each other. Paget the most confused of all, she loves her husband Quinn in her own way, but Milland is the guy who always scratched her itch.

In the end what happens to Milland is almost eerily reminiscent of what happened to Humphrey Bogart in the previous film. And as I wrote in my review of The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, God really does have a sense of humor.

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