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      Edge of the City

      1957, Drama, 1h 25m

      3 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      Axel Nordmann (John Cassavetes) takes a job as a dock laborer and is continually harassed by his tyrannical supervisor, Charles Malik (Jack Warden). Malik knows a secret from Axel's past, forcing the young worker to endure his boss's torment. Eventually, Axel befriends Tommy Tyler (Sidney Poitier), an African-American co-worker with a managerial job. Tommy teaches Axel to respect himself. However, Malik, a racial bigot, is threatened by Tommy's confidence, and the situation turns violent.

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Martin Ritt

      • Producer: David Susskind

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      • Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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      • Dec 30, 2014

        In "Edge of the City," Axel(John Cassavetes) moves from city to city. In New York City, he finds work as a stevedore on the docks by dropping Charles Malik's(Jack Warden) name to the boss. In return, Malik requests a piece of Axel's wages. By comparison, Tommy(Sidney Poitier) befriends Axel and gives him some leads on an apartment in Harlem. Tommy even goes so far as to invite Axel to join his crew. "Edge of the City" is a movie about racism. How it handles the topic so well is by hardly mentioning it and instead finding creative ways to provoke the less enlightened audience of 1957. First is by introducing Sidney Poitier off-screen, so the audience hears his voice before seeing him for the first time. Then, Poitier is paired first with Kathleen Maguire, who is not black, before showing him with Ruby Dee. And you have to remember that this was, as a character put it, at a time when it is smart to be patriotic. Otherwise, Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes and Jack Warden all play off each other well in this movie that favors actions over words. But even though "Edge of the City" starts decently enough, and makes its point well in the end, the dramatic tension does fall off somewhat in the second act. And Axel has one too many secrets for comfort.

        walter m Super Reviewer
      • Dec 19, 2006

        While not a bad movie, you could tell it was trying to cop from On the Waterfront a bit. Poitier's character is impossible but it all somehow works.

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