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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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matt Dillon, Tom Fergus, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig, Kim Kliner, Tiger Thompson and Vincent Spano all received an 'introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

Around the 25 minute point, after Mark (and his friend) beat up Carl, Mark searches Carl for money. In the single shot of Carl on the ground, his shirt is unbuttoned completely. In the following shot (of Mark and his friend walking away) Carl's shirt is mostly buttoned up with just a couple buttons undone at the top. See more »

Quotes

Sandra Willat: Carl, we don't want you, to see your friend, Richie White for a while. Or, Claude Zachary either, now the teen center's gonna be closed, for a while. At least, get a new accounts fair.
Carl: What's wrong with, Julia?
Sandra Willat: I know, you like her, hon. But, she can't control, the wilder kids.
Carl: Bullshit!
Fred Willat: Don't you ever, talk to your mother like that again, young man. Do you hear, me?
Carl: You're crazy.
Fred Willat: Don't leave, while we're talking to you.
Carl: Get off of me!
[Fred, slaps Carl in the face]
Sandra Willat: Fred, stop that!
[...]
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Downed
Written by Rick Nielsen
Performed by Cheap Trick
Courtesy of Epic 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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