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Over the Edge (1979)




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The protagonists of this film are the teen-aged offspring of the residents of a planned suburban community. This bland little town has been designed with conformity in mind. Consequently, the kids rebel by drinking themselves sick, dealing in drugs, and indulging in deadly violence.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Charles S. Haas, Charles F. Haas, Charles F. Haas, Tim Hunter, Charles Haas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 20, 2005


Tom Fergus
as Claude
Andy Romano
as Fred Willat
Ellen Geer
as Sandra Willat
Jeff Fleury
as Young Thug
Lane Smith
as Roy Sloane
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Critic Reviews for Over the Edge

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Script, photography and performances (including Dillon before he decided to become a teenage Stallone) are all top notch, while Kaplan directs with pace, imagination, and a fine ear for dialogue and music.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's to Mr. Kaplan's credit that he makes New Granada look just as boring and alienating to us as it does to the unfortunate children who live there.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
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Kaplan has a fine feel for the crushing blandness of "planned communities"-the anger that possesses his underage heroes proceeds from a physically oppressive emptiness, represented by rows of hollow town houses and vast, blasted fields.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | September 1, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Planned suburbia, teenage wasteland

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Jonathan Kaplan's engaging exploitation nightmarish generation gap film is effective and honest.

Full Review… | February 5, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Over the Edge


greatest, realest teen movie ever

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

Over the Edge (1979) -- [8.0] -- The teenagers of a sterile suburban experiment turn to drugs and violence as they rebel against cops, teachers, parents and city planners in "Over the Edge." This is a surprisingly dark, character-driven coming of age story featuring terrific performances from Matt Dillon (his first film) and Michael Kramer. While the kids are the protagonists, I appreciate that neither the kids nor the adults are painted as purely good or evil. The real enemy is the generation gap. Most other movies of this kind force a pat ending or reconciliation. Not so here -- the climax is (literally) explosive and the ending swims in a believable pathos. What I especially love about the movie is its barren, southwest setting. The kids live in a cookie-cutter housing development project, surrounded by half-built homes with dead grass as far as the eye can see. It adds to the film's pervasive feeling of oppressive isolation. In twilight scenes at the edge of town you can see the headlights of cars on a far-off interstate. The film succeeds so well in creating its claustrophobia, that this interstate might as well be the shores of Avalon.

Classic drama and a decent soundtrack make Over the Edge better than your run of the mill movie about rebel teens being out of control. If you are bored in your town Like I was then you might be able to relate. Matt Dillon cements himself as the star of misguided youths in this movie

Rodney Eckrich

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