Edge of the City

Rated NR 85 minutes

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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Martin Ritt

Writer: Robert Alan Aurthur

Producer: David Susskind

Cast: John Cassavetes, Sidney Poitier, Jack Warden, Kathleen Maguire, Ruby Dee, Val Avery, Robert F. Simon, Ruth White, William A. Lee and John Kellogg

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