Edge of the City


Action / Drama

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Sidney Poitier Photo
Sidney Poitier as Tommy Tyler
Jack Warden Photo
Jack Warden as Charlie Malick
John Cassavetes Photo
John Cassavetes as Axel Nordmann
Ruby Dee Photo
Ruby Dee as Lucy Tyler
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784.13 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 25 min
P/S 2 / 1
1.42 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 25 min
P/S 1 / 1

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer8 / 10

Exceptional but the ending was a tad weak.

I really liked this film--mostly because the acting and dialog was so good. So, while much of the film is very quiet and the plot somewhat normal by movie standards, it's a wonderful example of a film that is a showcase for the actors.

John Cassavetes plays a disaffected young man. He's failed many times in the past and expects to keep failing when he comes looking for a job as a longshoreman. At first, he's taken under the wings of a cruel jerk (Jack Warden)--who exploits him and is a bully. But, a particularly kind man at the job (Sidney Poitier) takes him on in his work crew--and the two become fast friends. But there still is the bully to deal with--as well as Cassavetes' dark secret. See this film.

I really liked the relationship between Poitier and Cassavetes because it was NOT played as an interracial relationship but just as two friends. There was no obvious or overt message about racial brotherhood--but simply by the casting it made a great point. Well done all around, though I was a bit disappointed by the exciting ending, as, if you think about it, it doesn't make a lot of sense (Cassavetes could have just gone to the police--and that would have been a lot more logical). Still, it's got a heck of a punch.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle7 / 10

progressive back in its day

Axel (John Cassavetes) drifts from city to city running away from a dark secret. He calls home but is unable to speak to his parents. In New York, Tommy Tyler (Sidney Poitier) offers him help getting a dock work job but he uses a different connect, Charlie Malick (Jack Warden). Charlie turns out to be a corrupt racist who has a running feud with Tommy. Tommy keeps trying to befriend Axel and even sets him up with his wife (Ruby Dee)'s white friend Ellen Wilson.

It's nothing for today's audience but back in the day, it's quite progressive to have this black character. He is higher than most of the white characters. His wife has a white friend. The racism is overt only with Charlie and his minions. Even the police treats his murder as another regular murder. In essence, Tommy is a regular good guy. The only problem with Poitier is that his overdramatic acting style has since become dated. His death scene is a perfect example of that and it doesn't help that it's written that way. Despite the progressive writing, there are aspects that feel dated. It's a solid step back in its day.

Reviewed by reyobllib8 / 10

A Lost Classic: Edge of the City

Martin Ritt's first film offers an exceptional existentialist answer (three years later) to Elia Kazan's more conservative "On The Waterfront." While "Waterfront" benefited immensely from an electrifying Marlon Brando, who inadvertently disguised Kazan's offensive theme of trying to justify naming names (as Kazan did eagerly before the House Un-American Activities Committee),"Edge of the City" boasts a young John Cassavetes and an upstart Sidney Poitier daring to confront issues that "Waterfront" failed to acknowledge, namely, workers' rights and race relations.

"Edge of the City" boldly dives into this (then) unknown territory, and although the quite appealing black protagonist (Poitier) may seem a bit Hollywood simplistic, the courageous struggle against thinly-veiled bigotry and violence has hardly aged at all. One wonders how shocked initial 1957 moviegoers were at such a bold presentation of white-black relations (if some of the bigoted didn't leave the theater early, they must of left dumbfounded, if not offended).

The last reel of the film will still surprise audiences, as it refuses to sink into expected clichés, including those that tainted "Waterfront." While both films climax with a fight in front of stunned workers, director Ritt avoids the tiddy simplicity of Kazan's ratonalizied ending. Only the most jaded viewers will not realize "Edge" remains such a radical and entertaining film.

What's most disturbing about this lost classic: how it sadly stayed unavailable on any format, for reasons that remain quite cloudy until it surfaced in a Sidney Poitier compilation in late 2008. This film should be required viewing in high school or college history classes across the country, yet one can only find it on obscure late-night TV, if ever at all.

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