Over the Edge (1979)
|"Tomorrow's city...today" is how the planned suburban paradise of New Granada promotes itself, but something has been left out of the plans. No one is paying attention to the town's teens.
Jonathan Kaplan directs this hot-blooded cult classic (a 1979 London Film Festival Outstanding Film Award winner) about kids left to discover their own values and coming up with enough drugs, booze and discontent to push everyone Over the Edge. Fourteen-year-old Matt Dillon makes his screen debut as the kids' charismatic, doomed leader Richie. The anthemic soundtrack by Van Halen, The Ramones, Cheap Trick and others provide the film's rock-n-roll heart.
Editor's NoteA brilliant commentary on the restlessness of America's youth. By trying to keep the "fun" out of New Grenada, the parents are only adding fuel to the fire. When a misunderstanding causes the death of a mischievous, yet harmless, teenager, the students rebel, inciting a riot that the parents and authorities are unable to control. The screen debut of the then unknown Dillon, with a soundtrack (The Ramones, Cheap Trick) that adds even more energy and power to an already impassioned, tightly-woven script.
|Andrew Davis - Cinematographer|
|Robert Barrere - Editor|
|Charles S. Haas - Screenwriter|
|Sol Kaplan - Composer|
|James William Newport - Production Designer|
|George Litto - Producer|
|Tim Hunter - Screenwriter|
|Jonathan Kaplan - Director|