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Edge of the City (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 4 January 1957 (USA)
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.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Robert Alan Aurthur (story), Robert Alan Aurthur (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Cassavetes ... Axel Nordmann
Sidney Poitier ... Tommy Tyler
Jack Warden ... Charlie Malick
Kathleen Maguire ... Ellen Wilson
Ruby Dee ... Lucy Tyler
Val Avery ... Brother
Robert F. Simon ... George Nordmann (as Robert Simon)
Ruth White ... Katherine Nordmann
William A. Lee William A. Lee ... Davis
John Kellogg ... Detective
David Clarke ... Wallace (as David Clark)
Estelle Hemsley Estelle Hemsley ... Mrs. Price
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Storyline

Drifter Axel North has just arrived in New York City, having traveled from city to city throughout the country. Given the name Charlie Malick as a contact by an acquaintance named Ed Faber, Axel is able to get a job working as a stevedore in Charlie's gang on the dockyards. Little did Axel know that Charlie is corrupt, requiring payola for that job, and is a racist. It is solely because of the color of his skin that Charlie hates his fellow gang boss, Tommy Tyler, a black man. It is also because he can see that Axel is a little wet behind the ears that Tommy tries to befriend him to get him out from under Charlie's thumb. Due solely to the reason that he is a drifter, Axel is slow to warm and open up to Tommy, eventually providing some basic information: that he is originally from Gary, Indiana, that his real surname is Nordmann, and that the only person he has ever really loved in his life was his older brother Andy, whose death exacerbated the already strained relationship he has ... Written by Huggo

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Tense drama of frightened men!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edge of the City See more »

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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Expanded from the 1955 hour-long live television play "A Man Is Ten Feet Tall", broadcast on "Philco Television Playhouse (1948)", also with Sidney Poitier in the role of Tommy. See more »

Goofs

When Alex is fighting Charlie and they end up on the tracks near the end of the rail car Alex picks up a hunk of pipe that bends while he is swinging it. Charlie then hits him a couple of times in the gut. When Alex falls on the ground, it is obvious he has padding under his jacket to absorb the blows which disappears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Axel Nordmann: Excuse me, a-are you in charge here?
Night Boss: Yeah.
Axel Nordmann: I-I'm looking for a guy named Charlie Malick.
Night Boss: He ain't here. He works the day shift.
Axel Nordmann: Excuse me.
Night Boss: Yeah.
Axel Nordmann: The thing is-a, I'm looking for work.
Night Boss: Nothin' I can do for ya kid, you'll have to come back in the mornin'.
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Connections

Referenced in Man with a Camera: Lady on the Loose (1958) See more »

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Terrific Warehouse Fights
1 July 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

John Cassavetes is on the run from the law. He is at the bottom of the heap. He sees Negro Sidney Poitier as his equal and they quickly become friends, forming a sort of alliance against a bully of a foreman played by Jack Warden.

As someone who has worked in a warehouse myself when I was younger, I can tell you that the warehouse fights, complete with tumbling packing cases and flailing grappling hooks are as realistic as it gets. I've been in fights like these myself, although no one got killed.

The introduction of Sidney Poitier's widow is a variation on Shakespeare's Shylock "Do I not bleed?" This is an anti racist film, which, at the time, was much needed.

All the three principle characters - Warden, Cassavetes and Poitier - are superb, with Warden the most outstanding of the three.


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