On the Edge (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

On the Edge (1986)

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Looking none the worse for his age, Bruce Dern convincingly plays an amateur long-distance runner in On the Edge. Banned from American competition for violating his amateur status, Dern decides to prove he's still got what it takes. The middle-aged athlete enters the grueling Cielo Sea race, which has defeated many a man and woman half Dern's age. Our hero's obsession allows him to touch bases again with his former lover Pam Grier, his alienated father Bill Bailey, and his onetime trainer John Marley. It's Rocky for the rocking-chair set, but On the Edge is contagious in its euphoria.

Cast

Bruce Dern
as Wes Holman
Bill Bailey
as Flash Holman
Jim Haynie
as Owen Riley
Marty Liquori
as TV Announcer
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Critic Reviews for On the Edge

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

On the Edge may have a familiar formula, but it is an angry, original, unpredictable movie.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Dern gives a moving performance as the beleaguered runner.

February 5, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The real story is in Wes's mind, not on the trail, and frankly we spend to much time out there -- even if it is a sports movie at heart.

May 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
Filmcritic.com

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