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On the Edge

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A once-promising runner who was unfairly banned from amateur competition twenty years ago sets out to recapture his lost glory and begins to train for one of the toughest races in America, the Cielo Sea.

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  • Actors: Bruce Dern, Bill Bailey, Pam Grier, Jim Haynie, John Marley
  • Directors: Rob Nilsson
  • Writers: Rob Nilsson, Roy Kissin
  • Producers: Rob Nilsson, Jeffrey L. Hayes, Karen J. McCabe
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: KOCH LORBER FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSP8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "On the Edge" on IMDb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Although not quite in the league with Chariots of Fire, I think this is perhaps the best of the "running movies" that followed.
Bruce Dern plays "Wes Holman", a 44 year old former elite 10K track athlete who was driven from the sport by unfair circumstances. Wes attempts a comeback training for a somewhat unique race, a 14.2 mile mountain trail "handicap" race in which runners are started at different times dependent upon their age or sex. It is said that a real race in Marin County, "The Dipsea" served as a model for the movie.
The movie chronicles the Wes' year of training, while also dealing with issues with his father and the athletic governing body, and has re-kindles a relationship with an old flame, played by Pam Grier. The best part of the movie is simply watching the training and finally the race. Some of the stuff with the race is kind of "corny", so to speak, but I think most runners would enjoy the movie just to watch the running.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shaun on February 24, 2006
Format: DVD
I have been a distance runner for over 20 years, and have run countless marathons and other races, so I enjoy a good running movie. When I first saw this movie, 20 years ago, I thought it was great. It focused not only on the training and the sacrifices we go through to achieve our goals, but on how it affects other aspects of our lives. It takes a toll on the close relationships we have. It's hard for the ones we love to understand the sacrifices we make for that elusive mistress, the marathon. This movie in its original form explored those issues. What they have now is closer to a documentary, than trying to get to the Soul of running. Why did they have to screw up a good movie. Besides, Pam Grier is beautiful in the original version. Find an old VHS copy with Pam Grier and see the difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Baltazar on April 28, 2008
Format: DVD
This review is from; On the Edge

As a marathon & ultra-marathoner myself, I was pleasantly surprised to find a film that was filmed on a actual race course called "The Dipsea" (called the "Cielo Sea" in the film). I actually ran that course in 2000. Since 1905, the Dipsea race is the second oldest running race in the country (after the Boston Marathon).

The "Dipsea" race course is located along the coast & hills of Marin County which is just north of San Francisco. In the film you get some nice visual images on how tough the course is, but statistically the 7.1 mile course features 9,200 feet of climbing, 671 steps of stairs and the infamous "cardiac hill" at 1,360 feet (which is mentioned in the film). The "Dipsea" course I ran in 2000, was the "quadruple" version (28.4 miles!). Since I ran that course four times in one day, I got a true first hand perspective on how tough that course really was and it was much tougher than what the film could show!

The film features a runner named Wes Holman (played by Bruce Dern who is actuallly a runner himself) who is a 44 year old runner that has been banned from the sport due to a technicality of unfair circumstances, but he yearns to compete again after a 20 year absence from running competitively. Wes goes through a "Rocky-like" montage of training to get in shape for the next "Cielo Sea" race. Wes enters the race as an unregistered runner after all of the registered runners have already started.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Amy on December 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
The premise is that of a talented long-distance runner having spoiled his career by naming too many bigwigs in the hierarchy of amateur athletics as having been "on the take". The runner's dad, an old marxist, didn't see the point of pursuing an athletic career, as opposed to struggling in the political arena, despite his son's carrying off his athletic commitment with a great sense of justice and fair-play.
So, the son comes home and competes in a race he isn't supposed to be in & the old man, over time, gains a broader appreciation of human endeavor, as long as it's done with class & honesty.
Maybe a somewhat predictable story, but Dern carries off the loner-hero-runner who would not close his eyes to corruption with great style (kind of Serpico meets Jim Ryun). I always thought Dern was great in roles that express baby-boomer social concern.
Also, Pam Grier is Dern's girlfriend (that's gotta help, eh?).
Rob Nilsson of San Fran directed this & also the excellent "Northern Lights".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AKIS CHR. on January 23, 2013
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BRUCE DERN IS INCREDIBLE AS THE RUNNER WHO MAKES HIS COMEBACK IN A MOST DIFFICULT RACE MANY YEARS AFTER HE WAS BANNED FROM RACES.IN THE FOURTH DECADE OF HIS LIFE DERN IS TORTURED BY THE EVENT AND DECIDES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE AT ANY COST.IN BETWEEN HE MAKES UP WITH HIS BITTER FATHER AND LONG LOST GIRLFRIEND PLAYED BY SUPER SEXY PAM GRIER.GRIER ASSISTS HIM IN HIS EFFORT AND IS UTTERLY EROTIC.IT IS A SHAME THOUGH THAT HER ROLE IS NOT BIGGER AND SURELY SHE COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE INVOLVED IN THE PLOT.SHE IS EVEN MISSING AT THE END WHERE THE WHOLE STORY CLIMAXES.DESPITE THIS THE FILM IS EXCELLENT WITH LOTS OF MEANING,GUTS,DETERMINATION,DRAMATIC CHANGE OF EMOTIONS AND GRIPPING MUSIC.THIS IS THE UNEDITED VERSION WHICH UNFORTUNATELY IS UNAVAILABLE ON DVD FOR NO REASON I CAN THINK OF.HOPE IT WILL BE IN THE CLOSE FUTURE BECAUSE THE FILM DESERVES A BETTER PRESENTATION.FOR VHS THE QUALITY IS VERY GOOD.CINEMA NOT TO BE MISSED!
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