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On the Edge [VHS] (2001)

Cillian Murphy , Tricia Vessey , John Carney  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Tricia Vessey, Stephen Rea, Jonathan Jackson, Marcella Plunkett
  • Directors: John Carney
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067D9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, moving and effective July 31, 2003
Format:DVD
There's a moment early on in John Carney's "On The Edge" that serves to self-assuredly define itself as the alternative to the tired, Hollywoodized coming-of-age genre. In a scene between Jonathan (Cillian Murphy) and his psychologist (Stephen Rea), a chidingly defiant Murphy declares there won't be any "Good Will Hunting" moments between doctor and patient. True to his word as the movie is true to its central point about the fragility and the value of life, there aren't any. And the result is quite simply a breath of fresh air.
I won't bore you with plot points because I don't believe any self-respecting movie review should (hello Mr. Ebert). And anyway, like most good movies, "On The Edge" is the kind that should be watched with as little knowledge of the plot as possible so as to make its charm and impact that much more...charming and impactful.
Cillian Murphy (of "28 Days Later" fame) delivers a subtle, understated but no less brilliant performance as a young man quietly grappling with his fate, slowly coming to terms with the value and importance of his own life.
The script, often quirky and with a sometimes oddly upbeat feel for a movie that could have come off as an extreme downer, leaves plenty of room inbetween the lines for supporting actors Tricia Vessey and Jonathan Jackson to flex their more than capable acting muscles. Superlative acting vet Stephen Rea ("The Crying Game") is perfectly cast as a psychologist with baggage that's never so much stated as it is implied in his countenance.
But it's Cillian Murphy that carries the movie with the effortlessness of ease, and a presence and ability that belies his years.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't underestimate the little guys... September 25, 2005
Format:DVD
The movie may be generally thought of as a drama, but it has a lot of comedic elements. On the Edge has a beautiful way of dealing with serious issues such as mental health and emotional dependency.

All of the actors and actresses delivered outstanding performances; you would think that Cillian Murphy had been in movies his entire life. It's amazing that this film is virtually unheard of in the states.

Simply put, it's a fantastic film, and I'm glad that I purchased it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jewels in the rough December 5, 2005
Format:DVD
At every turn during "On the Edge", you will be delighted and moved and horrified and amused when you discover the sheer jewels of dialogue and facial expressions and quirky but real human responses to the burdens they bear. They - the jewels of acting and writing and cinemetography - came so unexpectedly that each moment was as rich as the last. I'm so surprised both Cillian Murpny and Tricia Vessey aren't more prominent in the USA. They have enormous talent. "On The Edge" - because of the inestimable talent of its actors - is a warm, funny, tragic, lovely jewel in the rough - a rare find. The music is terrific too. Is there a soundtrack CD? I'd buy it tomorrow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Showcases the true talent of Cillian Murphy August 31, 2005
Format:DVD
Cillian Murphy is not a new face to acting (well, at least, outside of Hollywood) and with this movie, you will understand what Mr. Murphy has in store in future films. He can truly act, even in a movie that may be slim of plot and writing. He takes what he is given and runs with it beautifully. He plays a suicidal young man who often contemplates what life holds for him as he stays in a mental institution. While there he meets two fellow troubled young people and through them he manages to find what life may be all about. A good cast, good soundtrack and an okay plot makes this film quite enjoyable.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly charming and thoughtful film! October 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
What a great movie! I wholeheartedly agree with previous review extolling the virtues of this film's simplicity! The lead actor Cillian Murphy was excellent. I loved the story and setting and ....man I just loved this movie. There was a scene of the two lead characters standing against a blue ice cream truck with the guy holding bright orange creamsicles in his hands attempting to hug and console the sobbing girl. Wow! It doesnt do it justice me describing it....I will definitely look forward to more movies from this director and cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful movie June 18, 2005
By Helena*
Format:DVD
'On The Edge' is an absolutely amazing movie... It has this perfect mix of melancholy and humor that is so touching and beautiful. It completely respects the real depth, pain and hopelessness of its characters, while providing a subtle sense of hope for viewers battling their own hopelessness. Cillian Murphy is charismatic and seductive in his role, totally flawless. I love this movie. Nothing shallow, superficial, hollywood or forced about this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy August 18, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Daring, humourous, and extremely emotional body of work about people and life. Murphy, Rhea, Vessey, and Jackson deliver a beautiful performance. You have to watch for yourself. Keeps you wondering enough about the lives of these characters to keep you watching. Had me teary eyed at the end, though I may be slightly biased b/c I love (thus far) the work Cillian Murphy does in general. Nice Soundtrack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth watching once September 28, 2007
Format:DVD
A very good film. While I never got the impression that the main character (a young teenage boy) was about to commit suicide, or shown any signs of commiting suicide (besides that car ride scene) his character was nonetheless quite impressive and very moving throughout the movie. While at the psychiatric hospital, he met a girl he fell in love with instantly, and he quickly found out why she was in the hospital too (which is what makes the movie so good).

He also met other people who he seemed to get along with quite well, though throughout the film he had a psychiatrist trying to help him, though honestly, I never got the impression the boy even needed help. He seemed more like a regular kid with a few problems that could have easily been solved just by having someone get close to him and talk, and sending him to a mental hospital was a bit extreme. That's the impression I got throughout the film because for the most part, his character was quite normal.

His acting was really good though. You cared about which direction his life was taking whenever he encountered that girl, and you wanted to see what happened when he was about to get into major fights with people at bars or bowling alleys. A movie well worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
VERY GOOD MOVIE!!!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by RENNEA BURGESS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a great movie - basically "Girl, Interrupted," but funnier and Irish. The DVD came in perfect condition, and shipping was very quick. All in all a great product!
Published 5 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is as expected
Cillian Murphy has been in Red Eye, Disco Pigs, and even the Dark Knight Trilogy. With his smooth voice and penetrating blue eyes, I expected a lot when I read about this movie in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mandie
1.0 out of 5 stars WRONG MOVIE
I ordered on the edge with Cillian Murphy, about a mental ward.. The picture that is shown and the description is correct, but I received on the edge with ICE T, some shoot em up... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Erinlizwells
5.0 out of 5 stars cooky good
i love cillian murphy! and i really like this movie. it's got a lot of quirky, funny, real commentary about life.
Published 22 months ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definate Must See
I actually happened to come across this movie by mistake while I was looking for another movie's trailer, with a similar title, on youtube. Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by heat wall
4.0 out of 5 stars We've all been "on the edge" at times...
Every once in a while, a film comes along with a common subject that is fashioned differently and feels like a breath of fresh air. Read more
Published on August 25, 2009 by K.T. May
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
For anyone who has ever had a depressed friend, this movie can perhaps help you have better insight. I didn't particularly like Cillian Murphy until I saw him in this movie. Read more
Published on April 21, 2008 by B. Russell
2.0 out of 5 stars on the edge
On the edge was a good plot for a movie. But was poorly acted, and over all poorly done, if you are looking for a good drama, as I said the plot was great, but the acting bore me.
Published on February 23, 2007 by Laura E. Gonder
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsession
Cullian Murphy is my new obsession. He is a wonderful actor and I love his diversity. What ever role I see him in he makes me forget i'm watching a movie. Read more
Published on February 17, 2007 by Cookie
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