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Trailer for DARK BLOOD, River Phoenix's Last Performance

Movie by Ben Pearson

When River Phoenix overdosed and died in 1993, it was a big loss to Hollywood. The actor had a ton of potential, as seen in early roles in Stand By Me (podcast), Sneakers (podcast), and my personal favorite, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. But there was one final project he was working on before he died that never saw the light of day.

Movies.com (via Slashfilm) has the trailer for Dark Blood, directed by George Sluizer. It's about a couple (Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce) whose car breaks down in the desert and they encounter a young man (Phoenix) who develops a...complicated relationship with the wife. Take a look at the trailer below.

Sluizer is raising money through a Dutch crowdfunding site and trying to attain enough to finish the film and release it this fall, but the surviving members of the Phoenix family didn't want anything to do with the project when they heard about his efforts. What do you think of the trailer? Think a polished version could be any good? What's your favorite River Phoenix performance?

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