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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.

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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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:

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(at around 4 mins) When Cory leaves the unfinished house early in the morning after spending the night with Carl, the sun is actually setting rather than rising. Aurora is east of the mountains, so to see the sun dropping behind the mountains, it is sunset, not sunrise. See more »

Quotes

Doberman: How long is this blade, White?
Richie: Three inches. Almost as big as your dick.
Doberman: Funny. You know if this was any longer, you'd do time?
Richie: If it was any smaller, you wouldn't have found it!
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Soundtracks

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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The Best Disillusioned Youth Film EVER
23 April 2004 | by robc-11See all my reviews

"Over the Edge" is a powerful, unforgettable 1979 film about a planned suburban community, New Granada, where all the adults are worried only about bringing much-needed money and business to the struggling, barren dump of a town. What the adults don't seem to realize is that more than half of the population is made up of pre-teens and teenagers who drink, smoke weed, do hard drugs, play with guns, and destroy property because these parents and adults have given them nothing to do; nothing constructive whatsoever. These are NOT bad kids. I felt for them. They are victims of their environment and complete lack of parental attention. When the kids finally become restless and hopeless, havoc ensues, but most of it is created by the town Police Chief Doberman, who has no business whatsoever dealing with youth. The only place the kids have to go is the recreation center, managed by a truly sympathetic and understanding young woman. Of course, the town officials fire her. In 1979, this film was rated PG. It's a STRONG "PG". If this film were made today (and I doubt it would be) I imagine it would receive at least a PG-13 or maybe even an R. Children as young as thirteen/fourteen are seen dropping acid, smoking hash, guzzling liquor, shooting guns, getting into fights, etc. AND IT IS ALL THE FAULT OF THE ADULTS, WHO ARE TOTALLY BLIND! Matt Dillon's film debut, and an unknown actor, young Tom Fergus, gives the most natural performance from a kid I have ever seen as Claude, the kid most heavily involved in drugs. SEEK THIS OUT! IT IS UNFORGETTABLE! If anyone reading this has any info on Tom Fergus, I'd love to see what he's up to now. Also features an awesome soundtrack by The Cars, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Little Feat, and Jimi Hendrix. This has become a cult classic in many youth circles, and is an early film by acclaimed director Jonothan Kaplan. Pops up on HBO and Cinemax occasionally, is available on tape, and is said to be coming to DVD soon. A masterwork.


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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 »

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Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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