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Over the Edge

Over the Edge

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Director: Jonathan Kaplan

Cast: Matt Dillon, Michael Kramer, Pamela Ludwig

The protagonists of Over the Edge are the teen-aged offspring of the residents of a planned suburban community. This bland little town has been designed with conformity in mind, and with no thought of making the kids' lives worth living. Even worse, there is very little opportunity for any of the teens to grow "out" of the community and live elsewhere.

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poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
I've often said that 1980's cinema began and ended with a riot. We all know that it ended with the race-riot fireball that was Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing". However, it began with the teenage white riot of "Over The Edge" in 1980. If you watch these films back to back, you'll realize that they deal with the same topics: youth alienation, being stuck in a restricted environment, a sense of feeling misunderstood, police brutality and a turbulent, violent climax, one which made many theater owners nervous. "Over The Edge" takes place in a Southwestern pre-fab community called New Granada. There, the parents are very well-to-do. The kids, on the other hand, don't have much to do. But there are a lot of them and the only place they can have any kind of recreation (or any sense of fun) is at the teen center, which is nothing more than a giant quansit hut in the Arizona desert. There's an edgy policeman who resents the kids and takes his idea of law and order a bit too literally. Eventually, these teenagers will get into drugs and violence. When one of them dies at the hands of a policeman (with an unloaded gun, no less), this sets in motion an explosive, cathartic finale, which truly signalled the end to the laid-back Seventies. This remarkable film was the work of director Jonathan Kaplan, who up until that time had made action thrillers like the truck-driver classic, "White Line Fever". The film was co-written by Tim Hunter, who would go on to become a director himself, directing such films as "River's Edge", which also dealt with troubled teenagers. However, "Over The Edge" is definitely in a class by itself. With its charging subject matter, its pulsating late Seventies rock soundtrack and an impressive movie debut by Matt Dillon, "Over The Edge" has not lost any of its white-hot intensity. And like the kids in this movie, it's ready to rear its ugly head.
jjp009 More than 1 year ago
I was about the same age as the kids in this film at this time (about 14), and I can tell you that our lives were not that different from theirs (except for the gun shooting). All of the feelings were there, including Carl's love for Corey (we ALL had a girl like Corey in our lives...mine was Shawnna) and the frustration of having parents who wanted you to be seen and never heard. I highly recommend this film to anyone of the right age (only because a youngster today might have trouble relating to this time). To this day, I can't watch this movie and not wish to go back in time and relive those days...even just a little.
Guest More than 1 year ago
that was exactly like me and my friends in the 70s
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was 6 years old when this movie made its debut. Although I didn't fully understand the content of the picture, I have since grown to not only understand it, but I have been moved by it. It takes you (the viewer) through the desolute, often times, sheer boredom of teens with too much money and time on their hands. The ending was sad, but also represented a new beginning. Those children were warned, but sometimes the only teacher some children will listen to is the experience of LIFE.
newwaveneon More than 1 year ago
Over the Edge is the ultimate suburban youth film, hands down the most honest depictions of teen life in Suburban America ever commited to celluloid. Based on a true story this film shows what happens when you're young, middle class, and bored sensless. Rated PG back when it was released this would definitely be rated R today, with scene after scene of VERY young kids getting wasted on alcohol and blitzed on any drug they can get their hands on, what's most shocking is the film is 30 years old but is contemporary beyond belief. Some things never change.