The River's Edge (1957) - Rotten Tomatoes

The River's Edge (1957)





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After lifting a cool million from a U.S. bank, a crook is anxious to sneak across the border into Mexico, but to do so he must hire an experienced wilderness guide. When things don't go as planned, the crook forces the guide and his wife into the mountains with him.


Anthony Quinn
as Ben Cameron
Ray Milland
as Nardo Denning
Debra Paget
as Meg Cameron
Tom McKee
as US Border Patrol Captain
Frank Gerstle
as US Border Patrolman Harry Castleton
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Critic Reviews for The River's Edge

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The director, Allan Dwan, fills the sunbaked landscape with an acrid haze of moods and a suffocating tangle of emotions, which he conjures with sharp, stark images of stifled frenzy.

September 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Milland's caustic performance, one of his better ones, keeps things at a boil until the bitter end.

February 1, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Not-so-great thriller - but with a creative use of color and staging from director Dwan.

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The River's Edge

western noir from allan dwan. love the colors!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Not a western but a well shot and performed drama set in the West. The story is rather ordinary but benefits from the role reversal of Milland, usually the hero and Quinn, often the heavy but in opposite roles here. Even at the relatively brief running time the script could have been tightened a bit but overall a good film. One caveat-it would take a great deal to make a woman as stunning as Debra Paget was in her prime look bad but the filmmakers almost achieve that feat. Saddled with unflattering makeup and frightening Lucille Ball red hair that never moves no matter what travail she is enduring her beauty is almost completely obscured.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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