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Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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Leonard Maltin's 2007 Movie Guide

by Leonard Maltin
First published in 2006

ISBN 0-451-21916-3 (Paperback, 1598 Pages)

Three hundred new entries are added to this industry standard reference book for this edition, bringing the total number of reviews within it to a mind-boggling 17,000+. Each review also has some very useful icons at the end of each one which identifies if that movie was ever published on DVD or video.

In addition to the movie reviews, several new listings are present for the first time in this 2007 edition. There are DVD and VHS listings, up-to-date listings of mail-order and online retailers, as well as lists of leading performers and an index of leading directors.

Of particular note is the fact that the handful of River's made-for-television movies are not listed in the book, but nevertheless all his theatrical releases are present and receive good reviews.

Stand by Me (1986) C-87m. *** D: Rob Reiner. Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, John Cusack, Richard Dreyfuss. Affectionate Americana looking back at boyhood friendship and adventures in the 1950s (and narrated by Dreyfuss, representing author Stephen King, whose novella "The Body" is the basis for this film). Irresistible and wholly believable performances from all four youthful leads. Only complaint: the high volume of four-letter words, decidedly not characteristic of the 1950s.

My Own Private Idaho (1991) C-102m. **½ D: Gus Van Sant. River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Flea, Grace Zabriskie, Tom Troupe, Udo Kier. Uniquely distinctive portrayal of male street-hustling in the American Northwest, with Phoenix as a narcoleptic sex-for-hiree and Reeves as the son of Portland's mayor - slumming in the trade. Film opens terrifically, promising to surpass even Van Sant's DRUGSTORE COWBOY - then gets bogged down in the long, dreadfully conceived gay variation on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I, from which it never fully recovers. Many potent scenes, though, and Phoenix is excellent; cult status assured.

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