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The Edge of the World ()


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A way of life is dying on an Outer Hebridean island fishing port, but some of the inhabitants resist evacuating to the mainland.

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The Manson Family: Peter
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The Manson Family: Ruth, His Daughter
Eric Berry ...
The Manson Family: Robbie, Her Brother
Kitty Kirwan ...
The Manson Family: Jean, Their Grandmother
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The Gray Family: James
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The Gray Family: Andrew, His Son (as Niall Macginnis)
Grant Sutherland ...
The Catechist
Campbell Robson ...
The Laird
George Summers ...
The Skipper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Garrioch ...
Doctor Attending Ruth's Baby in Lerwick (uncredited)
Andy Gear ...
Villager in Evacuation (uncredited)
Mima Gear ...
Villager in Evacuation (uncredited)
Wullie Gear ...
Fiddler at Hirta Reel (uncredited)
Aggie Jean Gray ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Agnes 'Nannie' Gray ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Edith Gray ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
James Andrew Gray ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Jean 'Jeannie' Gray ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
John Gray ...
Member of the Boat Parliament (uncredited)
Louie Gray ...
Bystander at Hirta Reel (uncredited)
Peter Gray ...
Member of the Boat Parliament (uncredited)
Thomas 'Tammie' Gray ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Margaret Greig ...
Ruth's Baby (uncredited)
Bessie Henry ...
Dancer at Hirta Reel (uncredited)
James 'Jimmy' Henry ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Jessie Henry ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Maggie Henry ...
Villager in Evacuation (uncredited)
Agnes Jane Isbister ...
Watcher on the Cliff Top (uncredited)
Alfred Isbister ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Dodie Isbister ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Isbister ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Jessie Isbister ...
Watcher on the Cliff Top (uncredited)
Robbie Isbister ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Andrew Manson ...
Fiddler at Hirta Reel (uncredited)
Peter Manson ...
Member of the Boat Parliament (uncredited)
Jessie Morrison ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
David of Mucklegrind ...
Member of the Boat Parliament (uncredited)
Peter Peterson ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
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Mr. Graham - the Yachtsman (uncredited)
Lilly Ratter ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Margaret 'Maggie' Ratter ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Peter Ratter ...
Fiddler at Hirta Reel (uncredited)
Walter Ratter ...
Boatman (uncredited)
Frankie Reidy ...
Yachtswoman (uncredited)
Jemima Robertson ...
Watcher on the Cliff Top (uncredited)
Arthur Seabourne ...
Dancer at Hirta Reel (uncredited)
Elizabeth J. Smith ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Jessamine Smith ...
School-Teacher's Daughter (uncredited)
Sydney Streeter ...
Man at Dance (uncredited)
Jeannie Thomson ...
Member of the Congregation (uncredited)
Andrew Umphray ...
Member of the Boat Parliament (uncredited)
Gerald Umphray ...
Boy at Evactuation (uncredited)
Robbie Umphray ...
Member of the Boat Parliament (uncredited)
Scottie Umphray ...
Member of the Boat Parliament (uncredited)
Tom Umphray ...
Member of the Boat Parliament (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Powell

Written by

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Michael Powell ... (story)

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Joe Rock ... producer

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Lambert Williamson ... (uncredited)

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Monty Berman ... (camera)
Skeets Kelly ... (camera)
Ernest Palmer ... (camera)

Film Editing by

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Derek N. Twist ... (as Derek Twist)
Robert Walters ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Robert Walters ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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W. Osborne ... props (uncredited)
Sydney Streeter ... chief of construction (uncredited)

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W.H.O. Sweeney ... sound (as W.H.O. Sweeny)
L.K. Tregellas ... sound

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John Behr ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Gray ... camera assistant (uncredited)

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The Glasgow Orpheus Choir ... choral effects (as The Women of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir)
Cyril Ray ... musical director
Hugh S. Roberton ... conductor: The Glasgow Orpheus Choir (as Sir Hugh S. Robertson)
Lambert Williamson ... orchestrator (as W.L. Williamson)

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George Black Jr. ... production personnel
Gerry Blattner ... production personnel (as Gerard Blattner)
William Farr ... production personnel (as W.H. Farr)
Arthur Seabourne ... production personnel (as A. Seabourne)
Vernon Sewell ... production personnel (as Vernon C. Sewell)
Sydney Streeter ... production personnel (as Sydney S. Streeter)
W. Osborne ... production personnel (uncredited)
Bill Paton ... unit caterer (uncredited)
Vernon Sewell ... skipper of supply ship (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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. Evacuation is inevitable. And so is one last tragedy. Written by sspurli

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Also Known As
  • A l'angle du monde (France)
  • I havets famn (Sweden)
  • El borde del mundo (Mexico)
  • Ai confini del mondo (Italy)
  • Край света (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 81 min
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Budget GBP20,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia When he was young, Michael Powell read a newspaper article about the evacuation of the island of Hirta (St. Kilda), west of the Hebrides, and he thought he could make a great film about it. See more »
Goofs The wild Golden Eagle at the beginning has the falconer's jesses (leather straps) visible. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Return to the Edge of the World (1978). See more »
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Crazy Credits [before opening credits] The slow shadow of Death is falling on the outer isles of Scotland. [scrolls up] This is the story of one of them -- and all of them. When the Roman Fleet first sailed round Britain they saw from the Orkneys a distant island, like a blue haze across a hundred miles of sea. They called it - "ULTIMA THULE" [main title] THE EDGE OF THE WORLD 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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