In 1979 another film entitled "The Warriors" was released not long before "Over the Edge", and in LA and Newyork gang members in the theaters caused trouble and vandalized the theaters. So Orion Pictures got scared and basically shelved this movie for fear it would cause teen riots.
Thank god HBO was in it's infancy then and showed the movies the theaters didn't dare (at the time). That is where I first saw "Over the Edge". When I found out it had finally been released on DVD I was thrilled. To see this film in its original widescreen format and in pristine condition is awesome. If you have been reading the reviews on here you know the story, so I won't go into those details, but what I will tell you is that I know exactly where most of the filming sites are located in Aurora CO.
I lived in Aurora at the time and it was a huge deal that the movie was being filmed there. All of the background players are actual Jr high school kids from Aurora, in fact all of the kid actors are 15 and under so the realism makes this film a standout.
New Granada Jr High is actually Aurora Hills Middle School located at 1009 South Uvalda Street Aurora, CO 80012-3407. This is right at the intersection of E. Mississippi Ave and South Troy Street.
The party house where Carl sees Cory making out with Mike Perry in the basement is located at 1484 S Vaughn Circle, Aurora CO 80012 (this is a private residence so if you visit, please do not trespass or disturb the residents).
The town homes where Carl and Claude lived across from the Rec are located in the 2600 block of south Dayton Way in Aurora Co 80012. The Rec of course was a set and the empty field it was in is now a huge condo complex.
The apartments Matt Dillon lived in are located in East Denver along Cherry Creek Drive south and E Mississippi Ave.
If you visit hope you enjoy!
I won't go into the plot other than to say it has it all. Love, hate, betrayal, glamor, drama, on location shooting all over the world (this was not a low budget film). I highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys sweeping dramas, wonderful score and cinematography and a young Susan Sarandon already showing her big star chops. It is a long movie 2 hours and 45 minutes on DVD but it has been remastered the picture is perfect and the sound is as good as can be expected from a film made in 1977.
I won't rehash the story but will comment on the film itself. The stark depiction of rape on screen was a new thing in 1976 and I think most people were uncomfortable with the subject matter. The film is well produced and it give you a great look back at LA circa 1976. The performances are somewhat uneven but for her first film Margaux gives a pretty good performance, especially in the rape and courtroom scenes. She was a beautiful women who's memory is forever on film. The striking thing about this film is that 35 years later our legal system and the way it treats women has not changed much, most rapes still go unreported and few perps are convicted.
The movie has its flaws but it never fails to entertain and it is much better than most films released today. I recommend this film for it's polished glossy feel, gritty realism, courtroom drama and dramatic conclusion. The film holds up well and other than the disco music at the beginning it could just as well be a story told today.
Don't listen to the haters on here, rent it or buy it, it's worth having in your collection.