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On the Edge (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 2 May 1986 (USA)
In one final attempt to achieve victory, an aging professional runner is training vigorously for a very tough marathon race.

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Rob Nilsson
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Credited cast:
Bruce Dern ... Wes Holman
Pam Grier ... Cora
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ... Flash Holman
Jim Haynie ... Owen Riley
John Marley ... Elmo
Marty Liquori Marty Liquori ... TV Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luigi Alfano Luigi Alfano ... Pool Player
Tom Nettles Tom Nettles ... TV Reporter
Jean Shelton Jean Shelton ... Ellie
Marcie Stack Marcie Stack ... Marcie
Walt Stack Walt Stack ... Walt
Johnny Tidwell Johnny Tidwell ... Johnny (as John Tidwell)
Frank Triest Frank Triest ... Tomaso
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In one final attempt to achieve victory, an aging professional runner is training vigorously for a very tough marathon race.

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running | independent film | race | See All (3) »

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Feel the pain, live the dream, share the glory

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Drama | Sport

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Final film of John Marley. See more »

Alternate Versions

10 minutes of footage with Pam Grier nudity and sex restored to unrated video version after being cut from R rated theatrical version when sneak preview audiences objected. See more »

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Referenced in The Accused (1988) See more »

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runners of the world, unite!
21 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

An over-the-hill distance runner and lapsed left-wing radical (Bruce Dern) begins training for the infamous 'Dipsea' marathon: a brutal contest run between San Francisco Bay and Stinson Beach over the 2600 foot summit of Mount Tamalpais. Rob Nilsson's modestly budgeted (but quite accomplished) drama may, in outline, resemble a Marin County 'Rocky' rip-off, but the scenario hides more than one surprise, including a novel twist to the all-too familiar against-the-odds formula: Dern's political beliefs get him banned from professional competition, and after entering the race illegally he has to contend not only with the physical demands of the course itself, but also with irate officials trying to pull him bodily off the track throughout its length. Long distance running can hardly be called an exciting spectator sport, so it's all the more surprising to find so much tension generated during the climactic challenge, for the most part by a combination of deft editing and ominous music cues. But the effect is nearly spoiled by a discordant 'Chariots of Fire' resolution, in which Nilsson's already obvious political sentiments are pulled too far into the foreground.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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On the Edge See more »

Filming Locations:

Marin County, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,141, 4 May 1986

Gross USA:

$440,438
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Dolby Stereo

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