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Over the Edge (1979)

PG | | Crime, Drama | 7 July 1979 (Japan)
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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.


Jonathan Kaplan


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Eric Kramer ... Carl (as Michael Kramer)
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


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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Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


One of a number of 1979 "gang movies" which were first released in that year. The others were Walk Proud (1979), The Warriors (1979), Boulevard Nights (1979) and The Wanderers (1979). Then in 1980 came another New York gang movie, John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981). See more »


When Richie & Carl flee the school in effort not to get busted from the Tip assault, they try unsuccessfully to retrieve their bikes. In the next scene at Richie's place his bike [pennant] can clearly be seen in the foreground. See more »


Cole: [Carl comes in bruised up] Freddy, Freddy, let Sandra handle it, that's what mothers are for!
Fred Willat: But my son's all bloodied up, he's all beat the hell up!
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Teenage Lobotomy
Written by Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone and Joey Ramone
Performed by Ramones
Courtesy of Sire Records and Warner Brothers Records
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Brought back memories
11 November 1999 | by fbooth-3See all my reviews

I saw Over the Edge on a pay channel recently.

I was struck by how much it reminded me of my Jr High days in Central Texas in the late 70's. Some of the things that were strikingly similar my own experiences:

  • the way the kids looked, dressed, and acted

  • the landscape

  • high school

  • houses

  • partially completed building sites

  • basement parties

  • the rec center (we had one in our town)

All very authentic. The only thing that broke the spell of realism was the somewhat stereotypical way the adults were portrayed, but I guess it was a necessary plot device.

One scene particularly brought back a memory that I hadn't thought about in some time. The kids are in the house under construction playing with the loaded gun. It accidentally goes off, and Carl pretends to have been hit.

In our town, one of the kids in the neighborhood accidentally shot in the head and killed another neighborhood kid with his father's pistol.

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7 July 1979 (Japan) See more »

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Aurora, Colorado, USA See more »

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Orion Pictures See more »
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