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Over the Edge (1979)

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Cast

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Carl (as Michael Kramer)
Pamela Ludwig ...
Cory
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Mark
Tom Fergus ...
Claude
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Doberman
Andy Romano ...
Fred Willat
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Sandra Willat
Richard Jamison ...
Cole
Julia Pomeroy ...
Julia
Tiger Thompson ...
Johnny
Eric Lalich ...
Tip
Kim Kliner ...
Abby
Frank Mugavero ...
Party Host
Kristina Hanson ...
Lisa
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New Grenada is a planned community set in the desert where there is nothing for the kids to do, save for a rec center - which closes at 6 PM. The parents, in their zeal to attract industry to their town, have all but neglected their children. As a result, the kids begin to create their own entertainment, which involves vandalism, theft, and general hooliganism. During an incident when one of the kids brandishes an unloaded gun at town cop Ed Doberman, he is shot and killed. When the parents gather the next night to discuss the killing and the level of lawlessness among the youth, they soon find out that their kids have had all they can take. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Nobody listened. Nobody cared. Until the night they went "Over the Edge" See more »

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After the film's successful run on HBO in 1981, it was selected for a special two-week engagement at Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York in December 1981. The response was so positive that the film was booked for regular engagements in several New York theaters the following February. See more »

Goofs

After the library is trashed, a boy is shown standing on top of a police car. At first he's swinging a pair of nunchaks, but in the very next scene he's holding a crowbar. See more »

Quotes

Sandra Willat: You weren't too hard on him, were you?
Fred Willat: [sighs] I broke both his legs. Didn't you see him crawl up the stairs?
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Best Friend's Girl
Written by Ric Ocasek
Performed by The Cars
Courtesy of Elektra / Asylum Records
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Still one of my favourite movies - where's the DVD?
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was 14 when I first saw this movie on HBO in 1980. It was so much like my life at that time, it's uncanny. Of course, I grew up in an industrial area in northern Indiana, not a "planned community", and my dad wasn't a Cadillac salesman (in fact my dad was a lot more sympathetic than Carl's dad), but a lot of the rest was very similar. Getting beaten up, having stoned/drunk people all around you, basically nothing to do except hang out and listen to music...kids today who feel alienated should see this. I also think social workers, etc, who work with troubled kids should see this.

The music is one thing that really, really makes this movie what it is. I had the soundtrack on vinyl LP and I wish it would be released on CD! Van Halen, Hendrix, The Cars...it's all good. To be more accurate (for me), though, there would have been heavy doses of Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Rush, Black Sabbath, etc.

Please bring on the DVD! For anyone around my age who was this frustrated, this is one of several indispensable movies that will bring back memories; the others being "The Outsiders" and, on a lighter note, "Detroit Rock City".


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