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Edge of the City
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Release Date:
2 August 1957 (West Germany) See more »
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Tense drama of frightened men!
Plot:
Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more »
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Terrific Warehouse Fights See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cassavetes ... Axel Nordmann

Sidney Poitier ... Tommy Tyler

Jack Warden ... Charles Malik
Kathleen Maguire ... Ellen Wilson

Ruby Dee ... Lucy Tyler

Val Avery ... Brother
Robert F. Simon ... Mr. George Nordmann (as Robert Simon)

Ruth White ... Mrs. Katherine Nordmann
William A. Lee ... Davis
John Kellogg ... Detective

David Clarke ... Wallace (as David Clark)
Estelle Hemsley ... Mrs. Price - Lucy's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Bell ... Night Boss (uncredited)
Mike Dana ... Detective (uncredited)
Roy Glenn ... Stevedore (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Old Stevedore (uncredited)
Mike O'Dowd ... Malik's Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
 
Writing credits
Robert Alan Aurthur (story)

Robert Alan Aurthur (screenplay)

Produced by
Jim Di Gangi .... associate producer (as C.J. Di Gangi)
David Susskind .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph C. Brun (director of photography) (as Joseph Brun)
 
Film Editing by
Sidney Meyers 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Kranze .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James A. Gleason .... sound (as James Gleason)
 
Stunts
Lucky Kargo .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Skip Martin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
 
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Saul Bass .... title designer
 
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85 min
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Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Terrific Warehouse Fights, 1 July 2005
Author: loza-1

John Cassavetes is on the run from the law. He is at the bottom of the heap. He sees Negro Sidney Poitier as his equal and they quickly become friends, forming a sort of alliance against a bully of a foreman played by Jack Warden.

As someone who has worked in a warehouse myself when I was younger, I can tell you that the warehouse fights, complete with tumbling packing cases and flailing grappling hooks are as realistic as it gets. I've been in fights like these myself, although no one got killed.

The introduction of Sidney Poitier's widow is a variation on Shakespeare's Shylock "Do I not bleed?" This is an anti racist film, which, at the time, was much needed.

All the three principle characters - Warden, Cassavetes and Poitier - are superb, with Warden the most outstanding of the three.

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