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Edge of the City

Axel Nordmann (John Cassavetes) takes a job as a dock laborer and is continually harassed by his tyrannical supervisor, Charles Malik (Jack Warden). Malik knows a secret from Axel's past, forcing the young worker to endure his boss's torment. Eventually, Axel befriends Tommy Tyler (Sidney Poitier), an African-American co-worker with a managerial job. Tommy teaches Axel to respect himself. However, Malik, a racial bigot, is threatened by Tommy's confidence, and the situation turns violent.

Release Date

January 29, 1957

Running Time

85 minutes


John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Jack Warden

Jack Warden


Director Martin Ritt

Screenplay Robert Alan Aurthur

Producer Jim Di Gangi, David Susskind

Cinematography Joseph Brun

Editing Sidney Meyers

Music Leonard Rosenman

Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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