|ON THE EDGE (director/writer: Rob Nilsson; screenwriter: Roy Kissin; cinematographer: Stefan Czapsky; editors: Richard Harkness /Bert Lovitt; music: Herb Pilhofer ; cast: Bruce Dern (Wes Holman), Pam Grier (Cora), John Marley (Elmo), Bill Bailey (Flash Holman), Jim Haynie(Owen Riley), Johnny Tidwell (Johnny), Marty Liquori (TV announcer), Jean Shelton (Ellie), Frank Triest (Tomaso); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Jeffrey Hayes/Rob Nilsson; Vestron Video; 1986)|
gives a moving performance as the beleaguered
by Dennis Schwartz
overlooked Bruce Dern and Pam Gier drama that
could be decent if it didn't get so sappy and follow
so much along the sports film formula route. Rob
Lights"/"Attitude"/"Go Together") directs and
co-writes it with Roy Kissin.
middle-aged marathon runner Wes Holman (Bruce Dern),
banned from the Olympics twenty years ago for
attempting to rat out secret payoffs to athletes,
trains hard to win the grueling Cielo-Sea
Race, in California. It's America's second
oldest race. Wes must run over the
mountains from Mill Valley to the Pacific to win in
his over-40 age group.
teams up with his former coach Elmo (John Marley, in
his last role) and former girlfriend, an aerobic's
instructor, Cora (Pam Grier), to train. Bill
Bailey plays Wes's West Coast leftist union
organizer father. The runner feels he has
something to prove to both older male authority
main part of the movie shows Dern in training. It ends
with the big race, whereby Dern makes his statement
about sports and life.
Dern gives a moving performance as the beleaguered runner.
REVIEWED ON 2/2/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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