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Edge of the City -- New York City longshoremen Nordmann an Army deserter & Tommy Tyler an easy-going freight car loader who's growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, notably repellent punk.

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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more »
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Underrated powerhouse of a movie See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cassavetes ... Axel Nordmann

Sidney Poitier ... Tommy Tyler

Jack Warden ... Charlie Malick
Kathleen Maguire ... Ellen Wilson

Ruby Dee ... Lucy Tyler

Val Avery ... Brother

Robert F. Simon ... George Nordmann (as Robert Simon)

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

David Clarke ... Wallace (as David Clark)
Estelle Hemsley ... Mrs. Price
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 ... Malick'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)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... title designer
 
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85 min
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Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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Expanded from the 1955 hour-long live TV play "A Man Is Ten Feet Tall," broadcast on "Philco Television Playhouse (1948)," also with Sidney Poitier in the role of Tommy.See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Underrated powerhouse of a movie, 26 August 2001
Author: the_old_roman from Leonia, NJ

This is one of Cassavetes' best performances. The entire cast is outstanding, as is Martin Ritt's sublimely understated direction. The anger, angst, and desparation of urban labor battles is magnificently told in a fashion that is neither obtrusive nor patronizing. In a way it is dated with its era, but in many ways, it is gloriously timeless.

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