Edge of Seventeen

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Overview

David Moreton's coming-of-age homosexual film Edge of Seventeen comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in a Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This release should be of interest to genre enthusiasts.
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Overview

David Moreton's coming-of-age homosexual film Edge of Seventeen comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in a Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This release should be of interest to genre enthusiasts.
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Special Features

Presented in letterbox; Scene chaptering; Theatical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it could have devolved into pointless '80s nostalgia à la The Wedding Singer or sunk into coming-out-of-the-closet platitudes, this low-budget indie successfully nails the nuances of both small-town alternateens and gay self-involvement. Most such films portray their queer protagonists as victims/heroes in a predictable moth-to-butterfly arc. But Edge of Seventeen's screenplay, by first-timer Todd Stephens, paints the coming-out process in appropriate shades of grey. Chris Stafford's gawky and reticent, yet sartorially flamboyant, Eric gets stepped on more than once as he comes to terms with his sexuality. But instead of bullies or unsympathetic parents, it's gay-bar man traps who rain on his pride parade. Along the way, Eric himself treats his eternally patient gal pal Maggie (played with tender economy by the wonderful Tina Holmes) like just another accessory, a prop with which to explore his own masculinity. Such ironies are too often lost in this type of film. The beneficent lesbian Angie and her trio of queenly helpers may seem like a convenient plot device, but Lea DeLaria invests the character with comic gusto. Stephanie McVay, meanwhile, plays a wonderful everymom, equal parts concern and compassion for her son and herself. Ane Crabtree's costumes would be a crime against fashion if they weren't such an uncannily accurate snapshot of rebellious suburbia. That Edge of Seventeen so deftly weaves its pop-culture backdrop into its plot is just another of the film's many and varied charms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2000
  • UPC: 712267990429
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,301

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Stafford Eric
Tina Holmes Maggie
Andersen Gabrych Rod
Stephanie McVay Mom
Lea DeLaria Angie
John Eby Dad
Antonio Carriero Andy
Jason Sheingross Steve
Tony Maietta Gregg
Khalid Abdelrasoul Grubber
Jeffrey Abramson Dan McAllister
Jesse Adams Drag Atrocity
Dina Anderson Bitchy Girl
Tal Ben-David Waitress
Karen Brooks Bitchy Girl
Dominic Carrion Miss Anita Mann
Shannon Constantine Bitchy Girl
Stevie Reese Desmond Ruby Rogers
Diva Herself
Joshua Elrod Rod's Roommate
Ryan Florio Randy
Jeff Fryer Jonathan
Mark Gates Foodtown
Jason Griffiths Scott
Kevin Joseph Kelly Chuckie
Sallyanne Law Grubber
Twiggy Lawson Marlene Dicktrick
Justin Leach Tall Blond Guy
Gregg Long Mr. Johnson
Jimmy Mack Bartender
Barbie Marie Frieda
Edd Martin Drag Queen
Doug Millon Security Guard
Don Mitri Teacher
Jarred J. Nichols Grubber
Adam Penton Joe Plonsky Jr.
Mike Roth Wrestling Jock
Craig H. Shepherd Irate Customer
Clay Van Sickle Ed
Mark Jay Warshak Grubber
Technical Credits
David Moreton Director, Producer
Tom Bailey Score Composer
Tal Ben-David Editor
Ane Crabtree Costumes/Costume Designer
Gina DeGirolamo Cinematographer
Gerry Gershman Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Hsu Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Jaroneski Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Tim Kaltnecker Casting
Thomas O'Shea Sound Editor
Zakaela Rachel Othmer Cinematographer
Todd Stephens Producer, Screenwriter
Ivor Stilin Production Designer
Michele Vice Songwriter
Richard Whobrey Casting
Michael Wolfson Co-producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Letterbox Version
0. chapters
1. main titles [6:50]
2. hi, i'm rod [19:26]
3. first time [3:52]
4. my music [6:13]
5. makeover [16:00]
6. maggie [18:05]
7. eric & rod [8:41]
8. discoveries [6:19]
9. i miss you... [11:01]
10. finale [1:56]
11. end titles [4:25]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Letterbox Version
   play
   trailers
      Edge of Seventeen
      Steam
      Beefcake
      Show Me Love
      I Think I Do
      Boys Life
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Touching story!

    This film speaks to anyone who's ever felt out of place in a small town. Wonderful characters and smartly written. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Edge

    The Edge of Seventeen was an honest approach to the awakening of a young man to his own needs. He is not perfect and not always right, but he struggles. Unfortunately, there is little in character development and it doesn't explore the fullness of coming to terms with yourself as a gay youth. It is a sad story of a young man taken advantage of by an older college student who uses the youth for sex rather than opens the door to beauty. Not recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY VIEWS...

    Edge of Seventeen was a very good movie. Having experience in ''coming out,'' I could totally relate to the characters and the plot. ''Edge'' shows the reality of gay life... how the character has to kiss alot of frogs before finding his handsome prince. ''Edge'' shows that just because you are gay does not exclude you from seeking adjustment in society... having employment, friendships, parental love and support, and those things that all (male, female, black, white, gay, straight, etc) are entitled to. I recommend ''Edge of Seventeen'' highly; however, I don't feel it should be viewed by very young people because there are some graphic parts that could have been omitted. For a more mature audience, this movie tells my story of self-acceptance and ''coming out.''

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