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Over the Edge (1979)

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A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

Director:

Jonathan Kaplan

Writers:

Charles S. Haas (as Charlie Haas), Tim Hunter

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Eric Kramer ... Carl (as Michael Kramer)
Pamela Ludwig Pamela Ludwig ... Cory
Matt Dillon ... Richie
Vincent Spano ... Mark
Tom Fergus Tom Fergus ... Claude
Harry Northup ... Doberman
Andy Romano ... Fred Willat
Ellen Geer ... Sandra Willat
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ... Cole
Julia Pomeroy Julia Pomeroy ... Julia
Tiger Thompson ... Johnny
Eric Lalich Eric Lalich ... Tip
Kim Kliner Kim Kliner ... Abby
Frank Mugavero Frank Mugavero ... Party Host
Kristina Hanson Kristina Hanson ... Lisa
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Storyline

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

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...A real story of teenage rebellion. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1979 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Edge See more »

Filming Locations:

Aurora, Colorado, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charles S. Haas based his story on true events which occurred in the planned community of Foster City, California in the early 1970s. In fact, a California headline about the incident, "Mouse Packs: Kids On A Crime Spree", was authored by Haas when he was a reporter with the San Francisco Examiner. See more »

Goofs

When Cory shows up at the unfinished house to meet Carl after Richie dies, as she opens the sliding glass doors, it is late in the day, but still a lot of sunlight. The very next shot is of Carl's face, with Cory entering through the sliding glass doors in the background, and it is pitch black outside. See more »

Quotes

Mark: How you do, soldier?
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Soundtracks

Downed
Written by Rick Nielsen
Performed by Cheap Trick
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Still one of my favourite movies - where's the DVD?
31 May 2005 | by ColinHarveySee 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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