FOUR MUST-SEE RIVER PHOENIX MOVIES
The Mosquito Coast (1986) Harrison Ford plays an inventor who, disillusioned with American consumerism, takes his wife and kids from their New England farm to Central America. River plays the oldest son, Charlie. The hoped-for utopia of their new life in a rainforest village soon turns to a nightmare.
Stand By Me (1986)
This moving and witty rites-of-passage drama sees four very different 12-yearold boys go in search of a missing local lad. River plays Chris Chambers, from a family of crooks and alcoholics. As they zero in on the body, they learn a lot about themselves.
My Own Private Idaho (1991) Mike (Phoenix) and Scott (Keanu Reeves) are gay street hustlers eking out an existence. Scott is streetwise and calculating. Mike, who is in love with Scott, is traumatised by family experiences and suffers narcolepsy. They travel to Idaho, then Rome, in search of Mike’s mother.
In this techno-caper, River plays a computer hacker who’s a member of an elite group testing security systems. They help their boss (Robert Redford) when he’s blackmailed by government agents, but there’s more at stake than anyone realises.