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Directed by Jonathan Kaplan

United States 1979 95 mins.

Jonathan Kaplan’s too-likely-to-incite-a-riot-for-theaters cult classic follows the disaffected youth of “New Granada”—a planned suburb community with nothing for its younger populace to do but commit crimes—as they bond together to fend off the dejection and boredom of their situation, and later, the police and the PTA. Starring actual teenagers (including a 14-year-old Matt Dillon) and inspired by true events, Over the Edge doesn’t shy away from critiquing the idealization of the planned bedroom community and its dependence on police to enforce “law and order” in a place that makes no space (and has no tolerance for) teenage angst. Print courtesy of the Tim Hunter Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

*Content Warning: Violence