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20 years later, River Phoenix’s last movie premieres in Miami

Actor River Phoenix is shown while filming the movie “Dark Blood.” After his death, there was talk of finding another actor to replace Phoenix or using special effects to finish the film which was about 80 percent complete, but director George Sluizer ultimately passed on those options and the film footage sat untouched in a vault for years. (photo: Miami International Film Festival)
Actor River Phoenix is shown while filming the movie “Dark Blood.” After his death, there was talk of finding another actor to replace Phoenix or using special effects to finish the film which was about 80 percent complete, but director George Sluizer ultimately passed on those options and the film footage sat untouched in a vault for years. (photo: Miami International Film Festival)
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MIAMI — When actor Jonathan Pryce first received a copy of River Phoenix’s last film, “Dark Blood,” it sat unwatched on his desk for months. He worried about how he would feel reliving Phoenix’s death, growing nostalgic about memorable dinners the two shared after long days of filming in Utah and recalling the shocking 5 a.m. phone call telling him the young actor had died. “It’s very hard to comprehend for a while. It was ...


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