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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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The Code Of The Docks 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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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The Code Of The Docks, 16 May 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although this small film kind of got lost in the wake of On The Waterfront, Edge Of The City can certainly hold its own with that star studded classic. It's another story about the docks and the code of silence that rules it.

Next to the corrupt union that Lee J. Cobb ran in On The Waterfront, Jack Warden is really small time corruption. But he's real enough as the gang boss on one of the docks who intimidates the other workers by being handy with his fists and the bailing hook and he gets the rest to kickback part of their hard earned money. And it's all hard earned money in that job.

One guy Warden can't intimidate is Sidney Poitier another gang boss and when he tries to intimidate newcomer John Cassavetes, Poitier takes him under his wing. The two develop quite the friendship and Poitier and his wife Ruby Dee even fix Cassavetes up with Kathleen Maguire.

Warden is truly one loathsome creature and it's sad how by sheer force of personality and physical prowess he cows almost everyone else into submission. In that sense he's tougher than Lee J. Cobb who did have to rely on an impression collection of goons to enforce his will in On The Waterfront.

Edge Of The City marked the big screen directorial debut of Martin Ritt who did a great job with a good cast of New York based players and spot on location cinematography. The film's low budget does show, but you're so impressed with the ensemble cast you don't really care.

Cassavetes as the loner with a past and the hip and tough Poitier are both fine, but my personal favorite in this film is Ruby Dee. She should have gotten some award for her performance, her final scene with Cassavetes is outstanding.

Catch this one if ever possible. I wish it were out on DVD or VHS.

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