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Eclipsed by Death: The Life of River Phoenix 



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Episode credited cast:
River Phoenix ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wil Wheaton ... Narrator (voice)


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12 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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The only A&E Biography to have a "reversed title". Most titles have the subjects name first such as "Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow". Here, the syntax of "Eclipsed by Death: The Life of River Phoenix" is, itself, a comment on the subject. See more »

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A unique episode of this well-worn series
17 February 2006 | by rwveniceSee all my reviews

This was probably the best biography I worked on. It's not at all sensational or tacky. Producer John Griffin got some amazing early audio interviews with River that fans won't hear anywhere else. The show was able to take the time to not only detail his childhood and (of course) career, but also deal with the issues close to River, such as animal kindness and equality, and protecting the environment. The show also addresses River's unfair legacy as just another Hollywood causality. The show boldly addresses that many of River's friends and family in Hollywood would not participate in a show about River's life - ironically adding to an overpowering aura surrounding his death. This is the only A&E Biography episode to have a reverse title where the subjects name did not come before subtitle.

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