Edge of Seventeen (1998)

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A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Stafford ...
Andersen Gabrych ...
Stephanie McVay ...
John Eby ...
Antonio Carriero ...
Steve (as Jason Scheingross)
Tony Maietta ...
Kevin Joseph Kelly ...
Chuckie (as Kevin J. Kelly)
Mark Gates ...
Ruby Rogers
Barbie Marie ...
Craig H. Shepherd ...
Irate Customer (as Craig Shepherd)


A gay teen finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle America in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers. Written by Matthew Fillmore <MFillmore@Pensive.Org>

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20 April 2000 (Australia)  »

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Aos 17 Anos  »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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$5,302 (USA) (30 April 1999)


$870,751 (USA) (28 January 2000)

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The film takes place from 1984 to 1985. See more »


When Eric arrives home from being sat barefoot on the rocks, his Father glances down and says "forget your shoes, did you?", implying he is still barefoot. However as he walks away, the sound of hard shoes can be clearly heard on the wooden floor. See more »


drag queen: to Jonathan as he runs out of bar looking for Eric: Come in and have a cocktail with me, sweetie.
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Delaria is seen still on stage after the credits briefly telling the audience to "go home." See more »


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Man Made
Written by Ali Score (as Alister Score), Frank Maudsley (as Francis Maudsley),
Paul Reynolds and Michael Score
Performed by A Flock of Seagulls (as Flock of Seagulls)
Published by Zomba Music Publishers Ltd.
(All rights controlled by Zomba Enterprises, Inc.) (ASCAP)
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Living on the EDGE
29 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is by far the more realistic and enjoyable "coming of age/coming out" films to hit cinemas in a while. On a thematic par with the Brit import GET REAL, this film touches on the reality of coming of age in 1984 mid-America, though I suspect it is pretty much the same in any American suburb. The competition must discount Britain's BEAUTIFUL THING which is really an out and out romance. But it beats the cardboard contrivances of DEFYING GRAVITY, a collegiate scenario of similar ilk.

The awkward flirty moments building up to the first boy/boy coupling have an air of sexy familiarity. Film's presumption that "all some guys want is sex" is (unfortunately) dead on real. Chris Stafford plays the leading teen with immense charm. We'll see more from Stafford, surely. His studly co-star is suitably entrancing and is fine to look from the back during their love scenes. We certainly understand why our hero falls for this college-age cad.

Naturally there's a gal pal, too, who here is underplayed nicely but a little too Winona-like for comfort. Broadway uber-dyke Lea DeLaria is onboard for yuks but is just a little too odd and urban to blend in a Sandusky supermarket. Gay men will get teary as Stafford fesses up to Mom that he's queer. Film's only flaw is some obviously clipped editing. At least two scenes are confusing in continuity leading us to wonder whahappened???

But EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a winner. Gay or straight, first love and coming of age are themes that hit home.

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