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The Edge of the World (1937)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 9 September 1938 (USA)
A way of life is dying on an Outer Hebridean island fishing port, but some of the inhabitants resist evacuating to the mainland.

Director:

Michael Powell

Writer:

Michael Powell (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Laurie ... The Manson Family: Peter
Belle Chrystall ... The Manson Family: Ruth, His Daughter
Eric Berry Eric Berry ... The Manson Family: Robbie, Her Brother
Kitty Kirwan Kitty Kirwan ... The Manson Family: Jean, Their Grandmother
Finlay Currie ... The Gray Family: James
Niall MacGinnis ... The Gray Family: Andrew, His Son (as Niall Macginnis)
Grant Sutherland Grant Sutherland ... The Catechist
Campbell Robson Campbell Robson ... The Laird
George Summers George Summers ... The Skipper
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Storyline

A trio wanders the cliffs of an Outer Hebridean island and encounters a gravestone at the edge of a precipice; it reads, "Peter Manson ... gone over." One man in the trio knows the story of the gravestone and tells it to the others... It is ten years earlier, and the way of life on the island is dying; steam trawlers from the mainland threaten its survival as a fishing port. Peter Manson, one of the community's leaders, resists evacuating to the mainland, though his son Robbie is about to leave the island himself. Meanwhile, Robbie's twin sister plans to marry his best friend, Andrew Gray. Andrew and Robbie argue over evacuation and decide to settle the matter by racing to the top of a cliff. Ruth is terrified: she may lose them both. The race ends in tragedy, which tears apart the families of Manson and Gray. Times passes and Ruth reveals she is pregnant with an illegitimate child. This promises to bring the two families back together, but not before desperation hits the islanders. ... Written by sspurli

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A l'angle du monde See more »

Filming Locations:

Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK See more »

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Budget:

GBP20,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Joe Rock Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1940 re-issue) | (1990 NFA-restoration) | (Milestone print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Marconi's Visatone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The cast and crew stayed on Foula for many months. This was before the airstrip was built and they had to use local fishing boats as ferries. See more »

Goofs

The wild Golden Eagle at the beginning has the falconer's jesses (leather straps) visible. See more »

Quotes

The Gray Family: Andrew, His Son: Do you think I don't care about Robbie? Do you think I'd forget that he was your twin brother and my best friend?
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Crazy Credits

[at the end of the opening credits] And all the people on the lonely island of Foula where this story was made See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Psalm 23
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Words from the biblical 23rd psalm
Sung a cappella by the congregation in church
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Stunning visuals
18 December 2006 | by nnnn45089191See all my reviews

This early effort by director Michael Powell is simply a stunning visual treat. Shot on location on one of the British isles,the visuals are both dramatic and beautiful.What amazed me was how different this movie was from others I've seen from the same period.It seemed so modern in the way of storytelling. The basic story of the film is quite predictable but the actors commitment heightens the drama's impact. John Laurie is the standout in the cast.But what lingers is the powerful depiction of the harsh life on these isles,constantly battling nature's forces.This movie is a cherished record of a way of life that now has almost completely disappeared. To fans of Michael Powell this is a must-see, and I recommend this amazing film to everybody.


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