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“Sweet as a double martini with twice the kick,”
— Los Angeles Times

“A nifty little sleeper—funny, sad, heartfelt and true, with an adolescent angst that lingers.” — Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club

On the 20th Anniversary of River Phoenix’s death: The fully-restored original Director’s Cut of William Richert’s film based on his teenage satiric novel AREN’T YOU EVEN GONNA KISS ME GOODBYE? with score by Academy Award composer Elmer Bernstein and narration by William Richert.

Starring River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Ione Skye, Louanne and introducing Matthew Perry and Johnny Gulecki.

  • Format: Director’s Cut
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: THE INVISIBLE STUDIO
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River Pheonix

Jimmy Reardon

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Meredith Salenger

Lisa Bentwright

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Mathew Perry

Fred Roberts

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Ann Magnuson

Joyce Fickett

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Ione Sky

Denise Hunter

Reviews

Awesome one of a kind River Phoenix Matthew Perry Film

★★★★★
5 5 1
I DISCOVERED TWO REVIEWS I ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH -- HERE IS THE FIRST ONE: William Richert presents the world premiere of his director's cut of JIMMY REARDON -- AREN'T YOU EVEN GONNA KISS ME GOODBYE? The original version is an utterly unexpected delight, writer-director Richert's bravura toast, in maturity, to the power, the glory, the turmoil and the heartbreak of adolescence --a salute as sweet as a double Manhattan with twice the kick. As River Phoenix plays him, 17-year-old Jimmy Reardon is a very hardy boy indeed. He combines the ingenuity of Tom Sawyer, the deviousness of Duddy Kravitz, the yearning of Holden Caulfield, the frustrated passion of "The Graduate's" Benjamin and the sheer randy exuberance of Henry Miller in his Paris days.

Paula Wormington

★★★★★
5 5 1
The changes and additions the director's cut made Jimmy Reardon a better movie. The most surprising part was the DVD came with a personal letter from William Richert thanking me for my purchase plus another movie of his and a cd with River's Song on it. I haven't had a chance to check out the additional movie and music but I'm happy to have received it. I've been a fan of River since Stand By Me was in theaters, it's very special to me to have a letter from someone who was so close to him when he was alive.

Happy to finally have this movie...

★★★★★
5 5 1
This is a DVD-R and is NOT an official release!! It does not mention this anywhere in the item's description. Also, the packaging/artwork doesn't look much like what they have shown here. That said, it is the only original version of the Jimmy Reardon movie I've been able to find anywhere. The quality of the transfer is good enough to be satisfied with. Worth $20.

Memories of River Phoenix.

★★★★★
5 5 1
Really, really enjoyed this...

Really, really enjoyed this...

★★★★★
5 5 1
I've never seen the version of this film that was released in the 80s as I wanted to see the original made by William Richert and River Phoenix before Fox reconceptualised the whole thing. Believe me, William Richert's version doesn't disappoint - it's an amazing cast with a great script - a little darker than your average teen movie but more enjoyable because of this. I particularly enjoyed the sections with the River and Ann Magnuson character's and how these all intertwine with other threads running throughout the film and add up to the final slightly surprising outcome. If you haven't yet seen this film I highly recommend it - it's well worth a watch.

Excellent!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I have always loved this movie, and this version is the best one. I enjoyed watching it how was intended to be released. I was a huge River Phoenix fan as a teenager and was 15 when this was first released in 88. I owned it on VHS at the time, but it, and all my other River collections, faded away with time, growing up, and multiple moves. Now I am slowly collecting them all again and so glad I found this version of Jimmy Reardon. As always, River's acting is outstanding, and while this role differed from the ones he had previously done, it was nice seeing a different side of his acting skills. My order got lost in the mail somehow, but I contacted the company via Amazon, and received a response within a day or so. They shipped another out, and I had it within a week. The personalized, handwritten note from director William Richert was extra special. He even personally apologized for the "snafu", which made me smile. I can't wait to watch the bonus DVD he included in the package as well. Great service, great movie. Couldn't be happier with this purchase.