River Phoenix
A Tribute


In memory of a truly beautiful (in all senses of the word) young man.

autogra.jpg
autogra.jpg

43.89 Kb
488 x 603
hatriver.jpg
hatriver.jpg

54.84 Kb
340 x 366
mmr1.jpg
mmr1.jpg

47.01 Kb
376 x 559
neoriver.jpg
neoriver.jpg

22.31 Kb
456 x 359
rivsbm142.jpg
rivsbm142.jpg

92.79 Kb
966 x 694
river031.jpg
river031.jpg

112.18 Kb
737 x 567
river08.jpg
river08.jpg

104.20 Kb
649 x 636
river09.jpg
river09.jpg

102.50 Kb
539 x 700
river101.jpg
river101.jpg

66.91 Kb
535 x 768
river121.jpg
river121.jpg

97.81 Kb
535 x 768
river141.jpg
river141.jpg

86.56 Kb
689 x 745
river161.jpg
river161.jpg

127.55 Kb
608 x 766
If your browser does not support tables, please try the links at the bottom of the page

For me it all started with "Stand By Me". There was something magical about this film, on the surface it was just a short and simple tale of youth, friendship, and the passing of innocence. Yet it was so beautifully realised, with practically flawless performances from all the players, I can't imagine anyone not being touched by it.

It is perhaps a little unfair to single out River, but it was his character, and the way he played it that seemed to speak to me directly. Not necessarily because my life was in any way mirrored by that of Chris Chambers, but because you could sense the honesty and integrity with which he was portrayed. And this from a kid barely fifteen years old! Of course, he was cute too and that certainly helped, but even then there was this incredible sense of sincerity about him that is, for me, an instant attraction.

For many reviewers and fans, one word that often comes up is 'vulnerability', the unnerving feeling that he was genuinely giving himself to the audience. In every role he played, however trivial, he always seemed to rely upon his own life to make the characters come alive. Almost without exception he gave directly of himself to imbue each performance with a sense of the tragic, of someone not quite in the mainstream, of someone who needed you. When you consider that his whole background was so at odds with the strange world that is the Hollywood movie machine, it is no wonder that he often felt lost and confused by the demands placed on him.

To Gallery 2Gallery 2

This is the pick of my collection, and I'm eager to get more! If you have, or know the whereabouts of, any more River pix, please .

If you can't use the table above, hopefully these links will work for you:

To The AJScan Collection Back to the top Sign the Guestbook View the Guestbook





Copyright 1996-2002 Adrian Skeates
This page was created 14 December 1996
Most recent revision 3 June, 2002

This page is a special feature of The AJScan Collection.

In case you were wondering, this tune you may be hearing is a MIDI file based on 'Epitaph' by King Crimson.