The Edge

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

An interesting effort at self-examination by the 1960s counterculture over a decade before John Sayles' THE RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS SEVEN and Lawrence Kasdan's THE BIG CHILL. Independent filmmaker Robert Kramer gives us a group of disillusioned radicals, once active in the New Left, cloistered together in an unnamed rural locale where they discuss the state...read more

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An interesting effort at self-examination by the 1960s counterculture over a decade before John Sayles' THE RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS SEVEN and Lawrence Kasdan's THE BIG CHILL. Independent filmmaker Robert Kramer gives us a group of disillusioned radicals, once active in the New Left,

cloistered together in an unnamed rural locale where they discuss the state of the world and how nothing has changed despite their efforts. With all their causes gone or failed, the people in the group must come to terms with starting their personal lives without the protests and marches that

brought them together and gave them purpose. One of their number snaps and decides he will assassinate President Johnson as a last-ditch effort at significance, but the group is split on their feelings and reactions to this announcement. Some of them see the move as one of frustration and

childishness, the others as a logical reaction to their feelings of increasing impotence. Not a perfect film by any means, but a fascinating--and grittier--companion piece to the other, later, more accessible and entertaining films by Sayles and Kasdan.

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