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Cinema Year by YearFirst published in 1995
As one might expect, River features many times towards the end of the book. Getting off to something of a false start though, the book mistakenly records River's birth as taking place in 1971. In fact, it makes the same mistake with all three entrants in that particular section listing incorrect dates of birth for River's co-star in Explorers, Ethan Hawke and actress Emily Lloyd.
Moving forward seventeen years, or some one-hundred-and-eighty pages, one finds that start of numerous references to River. Beginning with a Running on Empty promotional shot of River and Martha Plimpton, and briefly mentioning River's roles in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Mosquito Coast, the book then features a photograph from My Own Private Idaho and discusses the Best Actor award River received at the 48th Venice Film Festival in 1991 as well as the award given to him by the National Society of Film Critics for the same performance.
Of note is the design layout the authors use throughout the book given that they have, somewhat unusually, chosen to present their work in a tabloid-style format complete with shock banner-headlines. This accounts for the writing style of one particular passage to be found in the lengthy chapter that documents 1993. The previously mentioned incorrect date of birth would account for one of the errors in the following passage.
The "article" is accompanied by a common photograph of Mike Waters. The caption underneath it reads simply: "River Phoenix: a tragic end."