Plot & Details
Edge of the City is a modern morality play, acted out in the railyards of New York. AWOL soldier John Cassavetes takes a job as a railroad worker, where he is taunted and bullied by supervisor Jack Warden, a union functionary appointed by the Mob. Cassavetes befriends his African-American co-worker Sydney Poitier, whose very presence enrages the bigoted Warden. Poitier dies in an "accident" arranged by Warden; Cassavetes knows the truth, but is frightened into silence by the corrupt union. Inspired by Poitier's widow to stand up for what is right, Cassavetes challenges Warden in a climactic one-on-one battle. Edge of the City was produced by David Susskind, who'd previously staged Robert Alan Aurthur's screenplay for television under its original title, A Man is Ten Feet Tall.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 85min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 05/06/2000
- Distributor(s): No Studio
- Director(s): Martin Ritt
- Starring: John Cassavetes , Sidney Poitier , Jack Warden , Kathleen Maguire , Ruby Dee
- Themes: Labor Unions,Fighting the System,Race Relations
- Tone: Earnest,Forceful,Gritty,Tense,Stirring
- Keywords: Black [race], big-city, corruption, railroad, union [labor union], murder, organized-crime, racism, worker
- Language: English