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Over the Line (1992)

Out of Control (original title)
R | | Drama, Thriller
Having had a one night stand with an obsessive prison inmate, the college professor teaching his prison literary soon lives the nightmare of her decision.

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Fabio Piccioni (story) (as Charles Nichterlein), Fabio Piccioni (screenplay) (as Charles Nichterlein) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Tomas Arana ... The Warden
Clyde J. Barrett Clyde J. Barrett ... Ray
Della Berlanga Della Berlanga ... Elegant Lady
Lacey Beverly Lacey Beverly
Larry Cashion ... Delivery Boy
Michael Cavaleri Michael Cavaleri ... Pearce
Kenneth Danziger ... Spiros
Lesley-Anne Down ... Elaine Patterson
John Enos III ... Dial
Marc Fiorini ... McBride (as Maurizio Fiorini)
Chris Hyde Chris Hyde ... Meyer
David Ianello David Ianello ... Hector
Don Kruizinga ... Professor 1
Michael Leonard Michael Leonard ... Prof. Johnson
Roberto Messina Roberto Messina ... Collins
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Having had a one night stand with an obsessive prison inmate, the college professor teaching his prison literary soon lives the nightmare of her decision. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Over the Line See more »

Filming Locations:

Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

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Cannon Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Working Title: "Inside Out" See more »

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aka Over the Line
4 November 2001 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Is it a coincidence that this thriller has 2 directors - Oliver Hellman and Robert Barrett - and the narrative is schizophrenic? We begin in Zalman King territory with Lesley-Anne Down a college literary professor who teaches at a prison inhabited by the gorgeous John Enos. Since both of them are beautiful specimens of humanity we take pleasure in the anticipation of their union, and the progress is teasingly slow, helped along by the Bernard Herrrmann-ish music. However things go wrong in the second half, with Down inexplicably rejecting Enos, and the romance turns into a stalking thriller. Even if we are meant to see that Down is repressing her sexual freedom (she's given the requisite scene of solo frustration), admittedly with someone who is a murderer which can sometimes bring up trust issues in a relationship, we lose all empathy with her. I mean, she has to be much crazier than Enos to not want a man who looks like him. That may sound shallow, but a hunk is a hunk. And he sensitive. He cries, he uses a little boy voice, and has an irresistible opening line to Down in "I can see your pain". Enos has baggage in the form of girlfriend rap performer Lady B Pearl who is indulged in an extended music sequence, which definitely clued me into the mistep the film makers had taken. As the woman scorned, Pearl poses like Rita Moreno in West Side Story, and delivers mind numbingly awful pseudo-uplifting rap-poetry. The prison sequences have laughably variable levels of security, with conjugal quarters the size of deluxe hotelrooms, and feature a demonstration of ant-gay bashing which is odd considering the attention the camera pays to Enos' crotch and bottom. Down represents the American fascination with British ladies like Joan Collins who have a slatternly edge, but whilst Down is a more subtle performer than Collins she also lacks Collin's authority (camp or otherwise). The title refers to Enos' description of his affair with Down as a "dance to the edge", but when Down later writes "I will prevail" in the sand, our hopes are as dashed as the imprint from the incoming tide.


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