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Over the Edge (1979)

Director: Jonathan Kaplan     Starring: Michael Kramer
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40721104
UPC: 085393892920
UPC 14: 00085393892920
Sales Rank: 756
Category Keywords: Outlaws  Recommended  Teenage  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"Tomorrow's" 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 Note
A 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/20/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1979
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 38929
Video UPC UPC: 00085393892920
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ellen Geer
Video Cast Info Pamela Ludwig
Video Cast Info Michael Kramer
Video Cast Info Tom Ferguson
Video Cast Info Harry Northrup
Video Cast Info Vincent Spano
Video Cast Info Matt Dillon
Video Cast Info Andy Romano
Video Cast Info Andrew Davis - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Robert Barrere - Editor
Video Cast Info Charles S. Haas - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Sol Kaplan - Composer
Video Cast Info James William Newport - Production Designer
Video Cast Info George Litto - Producer
Video Cast Info Tim Hunter - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jonathan Kaplan - Director
Plot Summary
The suburban enclave of New Grenada appears to be quiet and idyllic. But for its teenage residents, it is a wasteland, where there is nothing to do, and literally nowhere to go. As a result, many of them have turned to using drugs and committing crimes. And Carl, a young, decent, but impressionable teen, is about to fall under these influences, guided by his older "friend" Richie. Will Carl allow himself to become another one of New Grenada's aimless, rebellious youth? Or will he realize what a poor example Richie and his friends are?

Professional Reviews

"...OVER THE EDGE boast some promising newcomers..." 05/23/1979

New York Times
"...A demonstration of the real movie-making talents of [Kaplan]....Staged with such vivid efficiency and concern..." 12/15/1981 p.11

Rolling Stone
"[I]t remains an essential depiction of the misanthropic war on American youth." 10/06/2005 p.166

Film Comment
"[T]he film's staying power derives largely from the pared-down, anti-grown-up script by teen-psyche specialists Charlie Haas and Tim Hunter..." 09/01/2005 p.78

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Dillon,Matt
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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