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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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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)
 
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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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The trailer on this film still identifies it by its original live TV name- "A Man is Ten Feet Tall."See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Wow!, 21 January 2008
Author: grasshopper54 from Cromwell, CT

I cry at a lot of movies. Call me sentimental. Call me one of those viewers who always likes to see a happy ending. This movie, though it has a sad ending, was great! Of all of the actors that I would love to have lunch with, it would be Sidney Poitier. His acting, along with John Cassavetes and Jack Warden (of 12 Angry Men fame)is stellar. His character, who befriends a man on the run (Cassavetes) and helps him out in every way possible is incredible.

This is another one of those forgotten noirs made during the end of the noirish era. It is well done, has a superb cast, extremely talented acting, and great cinematography. It is a film worth watching over and over again. I highly recommend this one! This is just another truly great film done by Mr. Poitier and should be sold on DVD. Even though I cried, kudos to such great art!

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