Over the Edge (1979)
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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.
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.
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.
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greatest, realest teen movie ever
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
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