Over the Edge (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

Over the Edge1979

Over the Edge (1979)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Over the Edge Photos

Movie Info

The protagonists of Over the Edge are the teen-aged offspring of the residents of a planned suburban community. This bland little town has been designed with conformity in mind, and with no thought of making the kids' lives worth living. Even worse, there is very little opportunity for any of the teens to grow "out" of the community and live elsewhere. Consequently, the kids rebel by drinking themselves sick, dealing in drugs, and indulging in deadly violence. Inasmuch as the local cops are predisposed to beat the teens into submission, the kids retaliate by directing their frustrations at the Law; the results are tragic, to be sure, but in no way predictable. Over the Edge struck as sensitive a nerve with young 1970s moviegoers as Rebel Without a Cause did with their 1950s forebears. Matt Dillon made his screen debut in Over the Edge, distinguishing himself in an ensemble cast that also includes Vincent Spano, Andy Romano, Ellen Geer, and Harry Northrup. The screenplay was written by Charles Haas and Tim Hunter; the soundtrack songs feature the Ramones.

Watch it now


Tom Fergus
as Claude
Andy Romano
as Fred Willat
Ellen Geer
as Sandra Willat
Jeff Fleury
as Young Thug
Lane Smith
as Roy Sloane
View All

Critic Reviews for Over the Edge

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

This allegory of an America ever under construction examines, in a nuanced, even-handed manner, the money-obsessed mindset of adults, parents and entrenched authorities no less than the hostile recalcitrance of errant youth on their road to nowhere.

June 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Jonathan Kaplan's Over the Edge is a sensitive and deceptively shocking portrait of middle-class decadence and alienation set against an impersonal, dehumanized, futuristic Sunbelt society.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Script, photography and performances (including Dillon before he decided to become a teenage Stallone) are all top notch, while Kaplan directs with pace, imagination, and a fine ear for dialogue and music.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

It tells a ragged story that ends with an improbable climax, but it's acted so well and truly by its mostly teen-age cast that we somehow feel we're eavesdropping.

September 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's to Mr. Kaplan's credit that he makes New Granada look just as boring and alienating to us as it does to the unfortunate children who live there.

January 15, 2005

Kaplan has a fine feel for the crushing blandness of "planned communities"-the anger that possesses his underage heroes proceeds from a physically oppressive emptiness, represented by rows of hollow town houses and vast, blasted fields.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Over the Edge


greatest, realest teen movie ever

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

Over the Edge Quotes

News & Features