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Edge of Seventeen (1998)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 April 2000 (Australia)
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A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.

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David Moreton

Writer:

Todd Stephens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Stafford Chris Stafford ... Eric
Tina Holmes ... Maggie
Andersen Gabrych Andersen Gabrych ... Rod
Stephanie McVay ... Mom
Lea DeLaria ... Angie
John Eby John Eby ... Dad
Antonio Carriero Antonio Carriero ... Andy
Jason Lockhart ... Steve (as Jason Scheingross)
Tony Maietta Tony Maietta ... Gregg
Jeff Fryer ... Jonathan
Kevin Joseph Kelly Kevin Joseph Kelly ... Chuckie (as Kevin J. Kelly)
Mark Gates Mark Gates ... Foodtown
Stevie Reese Desmond ... Ruby Rogers
Barbie Marie Barbie Marie ... Frieda
Craig H. Shepherd ... Irate Customer (as Craig Shepherd)
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Storyline

A gay teen finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle America in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers. Written by Matthew Fillmore <MFillmore@Pensive.Org>

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friend | gay | teenager | sex | 1980s | See All (133) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Picture This! Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aos 17 Anos See more »

Filming Locations:

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,302, 2 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$870,751, 30 January 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Andersen Gabrych. See more »

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Although the movie is set in 1984, the shots of Cedar Point Amusement Park clearly show "The Raptor", which was not built until 1994, a decade later. See more »

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drag queen: to Jonathan as he runs out of bar looking for Eric: Come in and have a cocktail with me, sweetie.
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The version shown on TV has been cut down to 78 minutes. See more »

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Nice attempt!
29 October 2001 | by guil12See all my reviews

Liked this film and felt it was a nice try at giving us more of an understanding of the teenaged gay coming out. Lead actor playing Eric, was excellent in portraying all the inner problems that lead to his willingness to admit to himself what he wants for a sexual partner. And who wouldn't with Rod and Jonathan offering their hot little bodies to him for a night of passion. The one thing I feel he missed was the first kiss. It could have been played up more. It sort of came out of the sex thing. But then, a view of Rod's butt soon made that disappear. I liked the mother and her scene with Eric's admission he was gay. She showed not only the pain and confusion, but offered her arms and love to her needing son. Great acting, great scene. The bar scenes bored me, but, then, bars do bore me. I wish more could have been made between Eric and Jonathan. Here I felt there mnight have developed a relationship and Eric might have found some love in his quest for the truth. But, it seems love was not to happen. At least at this stage of his coming out. Too bad. See this movie, if only for the rare look of a teen coming out all by himself.


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