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On the Edge [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Tricia Vessey, Martin Carney, Paul Hickey, Camille O'Sullivan
  • Directors: John Carney
  • Writers: John Carney, Daniel James
  • Producers: Arthur Lappin, Ed Guiney, Jim Sheridan, Paul Myler, Roger Crago
  • 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: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067D9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,730 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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What an excellent experience. Quality customer service and product sold, the order came very quickly. I highly recommend buying from Neely's Niche! This movie is fantastic, Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) Great actors, an interesting, realistic and respectful portrayal of those who struggle with mental illness and or trauma and their relationships, therapy, survival and loss, drama mixed with sardonic witty Irish humour, great music, one line of Gaelic and...Awesomeness!
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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 which Murphy's character (SPOILER ALERT) tries to commit suicide after his father dies. He's then taken to a therapy session in which the other members have tried suicide as well, and failed. through this movie, there becomes a tangled love story in which two people love the same girl, and I think Murphy is in his game. When this movie is watched, the audience can't expect a lot of WOW happening because the plot itself is so down to earth. No time bombs, no plane threats, and not even a Batman but still, this movie is worth watching even to feel a little homey.
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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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