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On the Edge (1985)

Cast: Bruce Dern, Pam Grier, Bill Bailey, more...
Director: Rob Nilsson
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Koch Lorber Films
Genre: Drama, Independent, Sports Drama, Sports, Sports Drama
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English
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Bruce Dern is featured as Wes Holman in this story of an aging distance runner's last chance at vindication. Dern, a lifetime runner himself, combines physical prowess, heart, and the patented intensity which won him an Academy Award nomination, as he plays the one role destiny reserved for him. John Marley, best known as the lead in John Cassavetes' FACES and in bed with a horse's head in THE GODFATHER, plays his last role as Elmo Glidden, Dern's coach. Bill Bailey steals the show as Wes's fire breathing radical father who considers running "hyperventilating in short pants." Breathtaking race photography on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Running, Running and More Running by talltale May 11, 2005 - 8:49 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
ON THE EDGE, directed by Rob Nilsson, is mainly for folk who enjoy running--and movies about that peculiarly uncinematic sport. There's an awful lot of the stuff here, as Bruce Dern plays an ex-runner back in training for another big race. The script is not much, the direction barely adequate and the reconciliation with the Dern character and his dad is fairly prosaic.

Either the director has decided to use less improvisation than in his earlier "Signal 7," or, if he's used it, his dialog sounds awfully formula and scripted. Did I miss Pam Grier entirely by nodding off for a moment? I doubt it, and this lady would have added some oomph to the film. The finale is surprising and moving in its way; in fact, the ending (and only that) is what pretty much what rescues "On the Edge" from the utterly so-so pile.

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(Average 7.12)
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