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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

Little Nikita


William Richert

Abby Rude

Sidney Poitier

Universal Pictures/Studios

Phil Alden Robinson

Walter Parkes

Lawrence Lasker

Robert Redford

A River Runs Through It

Carl Arbogast


Dan Aykroyd

Martin Bishop

Donald Crease

David Strathairn



Mary McDonnell


Ben Kingsley

Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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Released By:Universal Pictures
Director:Phil Alden Robinson
Screenplay:Phil Alden Robinson, Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker

Robert Redford
as Martin Bishop

Sidney Poitier
as Donald Crease

David Strathairn
as Whistler

Dan Aykroyd
as Mother

River Phoenix
as Carl Arbogast

Mary McDonnell
as Liz

Ben Kingsley
as Cosmo

"I didn't know you could do that in Mexico City!"

When River did not get the part in Robert Redford's appropriately titled movie A River Runs Through It, he was looking forward to this, another opportunity to work with Redford on the big-budget Sneakers. This movie would also allow River to be reunited with friend, mentor and co-star from Little Nikita, Sidney Poitier.

Unfortunately, disillusionment would soon set in and River urged his friends not to go and watch it. "I trashed myself in this. I will never appear in a teen magazine again. I've really degraded myself."

Describing the role of Carl Arbogast as a part he took to please his agent, River said, "I play this cyberpunk nerd, just full on. He's very hyper, always twitching, the kind of guy you avoid playing if you want to walk with grace and dignity at the premiere. I'm going to, like.... I'm not going to go!"

It would be whilst staying in Flea's Los Angeles house during the making of this movie that River first met Abby Gorton. During the Christmas break, he would once again stay with his close confidant Bill Richert, director of A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.

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