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OVER THE EDGE (1979) ***

This is a good bleak look at troubled teens in the late 70’s. In New Granada, a planned suburban community, unsupervised teens do drugs, make out, sell guns and listen to some great music (Cheap Trick, Van Halen, The Ramones). When their rec center is shut down after Matt Dillon (making his debut) gets blown away by a trigger happy cop, the teens revolt. They lock their parents inside the school during an emergency PTA meeting while they vandalize cars and blow stuff up. The young cast including Vincent Spano (also making his debut) is excellent. Though the film’s detached sentiment lessens its overall impact, it’s still highly recommended. Co-starring Andy (Under Siege) Romano and Lane (Son In-Law) Smith as adults. Director Jonathan Kaplan started out working for Roger Corman. Co-writer Time Hunter also directed Tex which also starred Dillon. Dillon and Spano were later in Rumble Fish together.
Tags: drama, o
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