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Over the Edge(1979)

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  • An Excellent Movie

    • Frank S
    • 3/26/16

    I first saw this movie on cable and I felt it was the best movie of the period and it's a classic now as it was when it was released. The cast was excellent and the story was awesome. To see young kids reacting to a corrupt authority figure after an incident was blown out of proportion. It's amazing how the kid reacted to living in a sterile and sanitized environment and releasing their anger and frustration on the people who help to create their environment. Totally amazing. This is the type of movie you can watch over and over again and not get tired it. It's interesting to see that this was Matt Dillon's first movie. I am wondering what had happened to the other cast members as they were superb? This movie really deserves 5 stars.

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    • kevin sellers
    • 3/20/16

    Can't believe no one has reviewed this very interesting disaffected youth pic from 1979, filmed in the soulless exurbs of Denver (basically, the same area that brought us Columbine, twenty years later) with strong echoes of "Rebel Without A Cause." Like Nicholas Ray's classic, this film explores the personalities of three alienated kids, two male and one female, while skillfully juxtaposing extreme teen violence with tenderness and innocence in the heterosexual relationship. The three actors who portray these characters, Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, and Pamela Ludwig, are all excellent, and one wonders why only Dillon made it big. The problem for me with this film is Jonathan Kaplan's abandonment, three fourths of the way through, of his well handled bittersweet, softly despairing tone for a chaotic, apocalyptic vision as the kids go crazy, lock the parents inside the school, (remember, cellphones were at least eight years away, so no one could call the cops) and then proceed to destroy it. It's as if Kaplan and screenwriters Tim Hunter and Charlie Haas decided that they'd had enough of "Rebel" and that a late seventies version of "If" would generate more box office heat. In any case, it's a jarring move and it lacks the credibility of the first three fourths of the film. So, let's give this film a B plus.

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