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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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Edge of the City Keeps You on Edge *** See more (29 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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)
 
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)
 
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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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Written specifically for Sidney Poitier.See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Edge of the City Keeps You on Edge ***, 15 December 2006
Author: edwagreen from United States

A skillfully directed film by Martin Ritt where a drifter and anti-hero, John Cassevetes lands in N.Y. to escape a tragic incident in his life, where he killed his brother in an automobile accident as well as going AWOL from the army.

Cassavetes, always an intense actor, shows grit in his portrayal of a film. Am surprised that Montgomery Clift didn't get this part.

Ruth White is his mother and does remarkably well in two scenes on the telephone.

Once in New York, he befriends Sidney Poitier as the two work on the docks. Immediately, Jack Warden, a bully and villain in this film,takes a dislike to him and tragedy ensues when Poitier tries to defend his friend.

Ruby Dee, plays Poitier's wife in this film, and is brilliant in a scene where she urges Cassavetes to reveal the killer of her husband.

This is definitely an interesting film of moral values and the loner in society. With the backdrop of tenements, the right mood is depicted in the film.

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