Over the Edge

Directed By: Jonathan Kaplan Starring: Michael Kramer

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"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.


Studio Warner
SKU 40721104
UPC 085393892920
UPC 14 00085393892920
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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?
Variety "...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
Jonathan Kaplan
Michael Kramer
Cast & Crew
Ellen Geer - Star
Pamela Ludwig - Star
Michael Kramer - Star
Tom Ferguson - Star
Harry Northrup - Star
Vincent Spano - Star
Matt Dillon - Star
Andy Romano - Star
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
Catalog ID 38929
UPC 00085393892920
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Dillon,Matt
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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