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Over the Edge (1979)
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Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Matt Dillon ("Crash," "There's Something About Mary") stars in this updated "Rebel Without a Cause" tale about teenagers in an affluent middle-American suburb where everything should be right, but isn't. The New York Times said it is "one of the year's best" and The Village Voice called it "dynamic, well directed, and acutely observed." Leonard Maltin sums it up as "powerful.... A winner!" Directed by Emmy-winner Jonathan Kaplan ("The Accused") with a soundtrack featuring music by Cheap Trick, The Cars, The Ramones and Van Halen.]]>
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New Granada is a planned community in the middle of nowhere. It's a resounding success. At least the adults want to believe it is. They make money, make deals, and want to attract business and create something in the middle of nowhere, a shiny happy place to live, away from the big city. Meanwhile the kids are stuck in limbo with nothing to do and nowhere to go save a Rec center run by an older hippy woman who lets the kids drink, smoke, toke, and generally make a science out of boredom.
Carl is a good kid from a good home, but he's beginning to fall in with the wrong crowd of kids, one of whom is Richie (Matt Dillon in his first film), a rough and tumble teen who sparks the now all too believable climax. The photography is beautiful and lends the film an eerie quality as it depicts New Granada as an ambitious moral failure, a new but already rotting development. The money to build a promised shopping mall and bowling alley has run out, leaving the kids with a Rec center that is eventually shut down by a police force (led by Dough Boy from Taxi Driver) that puts the pressure on until something has to give.
It's supposedly based on a true story, but which true story is unimportant. There are countless New Granadas in America, and the film was shot in a planned community in Aurora, Colorado. The landscape is bleak, with a consistently gray and grainy sky.Read more ›
As the film begins we see a sign welcoming us to New Granada, "Tomorrow's City...Today"...it's one of those suburban communities made up of condos and town homes, created so that people could escape the city...and then some text comes on the screen informing us that in 1978, 110,000 kids under the age of 18 were arrested for crimes of vandalism in the United States...the more things change, the more they stay the same...I don't know what that means, but it sounded cool, didn't it? Anyway, we also learn the film is based on actual events, where those responsible for planning the community neglected the fact that nearly a quarter of the population was under the age of fifteen. After this we meet Carl (Kramer) and Richie (Dillon)...Read more ›
The story is quite simple: a group of kids living in a new city eager to attract new investment... and that's it. No movie theaters, no malls, no parks... nothing. And they are there on their own. Then all things start to happen.
The planners just forgot that a quarter of the city's population was under 16.
Anyway, it is rare to see a film with so many kids delivering electrifying performances... and Matt Dillon and Michael Kramer DO leave you in awe. They're so so so good that i wonder why isn't this film considered the classic it is.
This is one of those small films where everything on it is big:
Cinematography: Top-notch. This film has one of the best cinematoraphy jobs I've ever seen. On this film, the image really speaks. There is one scene, when the protagonist is being hunted, when he spends the night in an empty house with the girl he likes... it's early morning... the Sun is just rising... they say goodbye... and the most beautiful sunrise (outside) is framed by the doors... simply one of Cinema's great moments. I am one of those people who hate intelectuals who "look for the meaning" of every scene of every film they see... and here is one scene that trully gives the viewer some space for interpretation. It really made me cry.
And that is great screenwriting. Period.
Music score: again another fine work. The kids only listen to 70's rock - but that's just diegetic music here and then. But the music score you'll listen when we get deep into the story is absolutely beautiful, rich and powerful. It is not just there instead of silence...Read more ›
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love it . well made with good cast . my fave movie about kids out of control .Published 20 days ago by horror movie man
Saw this movie when it first came out, I was the same age as Matt Dillon, 14 years old and I can relate to it.Published 1 month ago by james edward burleson
From 1979 we have what will amount to a 1970's teen rebellion film. We also have a bunch of grownups in some very rural and set aside type of community acting like Gestapo agents... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Russell S
if you've not seen this, what is wrong with you? Stands the test of time and may be even better today than when I first watched it thinking the suburb I lived in was just as awful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tim m grand
For anyone who grew up in the 70's, and wasn't on the 'Dean's list,' this film is a must see. Captures with pretty gritty realism, with allowances made for it's general audience... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rockinghorse Winner