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Over the Edge (1979)

Cast: Matt Dillon, Matt Dillon, Michael Kramer, more...
Director: Jonathan Kaplan, Jonathan Kaplan
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
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 and Ellen Geer. The screenplay was written by Charles Haas and Tim Hunter; the soundtrack songs feature the Ramones. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Mommy's Alright, Daddy's Alright, They Just Seem A Little Weird by ZenBones September 24, 2005 - 1:57 AM PDT
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7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This is the "Rebel Without A Cause" for the seventies, only with 13-15 year-old kids who are played by ... 13-15 year-old-kids. As far as I know, this might be the first time when young teens were actually not played by actors several years their senior, and the effect of that is weirdly chilling. On one hand, it almost seems camp. These kids are still riding around on bikes (Stingrays!), but not too young - in their opinion - to play around with guns, sex of course, drugs of all kinds, and even having a bit of 'fun' with the cops. They act like they're worldly, experienced dopers, thieves, and drug dealers, but that's really how these kids were (I grew up with kids exactly like these in the mid-seventies). It's that "reality" that's chilling. Twenty-six years ago, we all kind of laughed at the somewhat cataclysmic boiling point that these kids reached by the film's final chapter (it's every schoolkid's wish come true), but today ... I don't know. With every generation, the stakes seem to get higher and higher. In the fifties, it was "Rebel Without a Cause", in the seventies, it was "Over the Edge" in the nineties it was ... Columbine. The questions still remain. What is it beneath the quiet suburban hum that unnerves every growing generation that is trying to carve out an identity? This film supplies some of the answers. It's also has a terrific slew of 70's songs, and is extremely entertaining!




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Righteous Nuts
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I have to admit - in SOME ways, I relate to the views that these alienated, oversensitive people have of the world. Thankfully, I haven't crossed the line where my frustrations have become self-destructive (or in some cases, destructive to others).
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