Edge of the City

Drama | English | 85 minutes


Axel North, a young drifter, arrives at a New York waterfront pier seeking employment as a longshoreman. He is hired by the cruel, sadistic boss, Charlie Malik. Axel quickly makes friends with Tommy Tyler, an experienced African-America employee. Axel moves into Tommy’s neighborhood and becomes acquainted with Lucy, Tommy’s wife. Tommy instructs Axel how to stand up to Charlie if he attempts to bully him. Charlie provokes Tommy into a fight and kills him. Axel witnesses the killing  but hesitates to cooperate with the police. Lucy implores Axel to stand up for his friend. Axel is fearful of retribution by the longshoremen’s union, but he is also anxious that justice be served.    

John Cassavetes (Axel North) / Sidney Poitier (Tommy Tyler) / Jack Warden ( Charlie Malik) / Ruby Dee (Lucy Tyler)
Why Stream This Film?
A breakthrough film depicting a close interracial friendship. It was banned by most of the Southern U.S.states. 
  • BAFTA Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Foreign Actor (Sidney Poitier)
  • Received perfect 4 stars out of 4 in Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide
Somber, realistic account of N.Y.C. waterfront life and corruption. Masterfully acted by all.
Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide

EDGE of the CITY deals boldly with union corruption, interracial integration, moral integrity, and the meaning of friendship.
Emanuel Levy


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