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Over the Edge (1979)

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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. Consequently, the kids rebel by drinking themselves sick, dealing in drugs, and indulging in deadly violence. Inasmuch as the local cops are predisposed to beat the teens into submission, the kids retaliate by directing their frustrations at the Law; the results are tragic, to be sure, but in no way predictable. Over the Edge struck as sensitive a nerve with young 1970s moviegoers as Rebel Without a Cause did with their 1950s forebears. Matt Dillon made his screen debut in Over the Edge, distinguishing himself in an ensemble cast that also includes Vincent Spano, Andy Romano, Ellen Geer, and Harry Northrup. The screenplay was written by Charles Haas and Tim Hunter; the soundtrack songs feature the Ramones.

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Cast

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.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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.

January 15, 2005 | Full Review…
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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Planned suburbia, teenage wasteland

September 25, 2009 | Full Review…
CinePassion

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

February 5, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you were born around the same time as Matt Dillon, this period piece will amaze you with its attention to detail

August 22, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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greatest, realest teen movie ever

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