Edge of the City | Chicago Reader

Edge of the City

85 minutes

TV director Martin Ritt graduated to movies with this 1957 drama, itself an adaptation of Robert Alan Arthur's teleplay A Man Is Ten Feet Tall. A deserter from the Korean war (John Cassavetes) teams up with a black coworker (Sidney Poitier) to take on the mob boss of the New York City docks (Jack Warden). Ritt's work has never been of formal interest, but as Bertrand Tavernier pointed out, Ritt was one of the few socially committed directors of the 50s to follow his lights into the supercilious 80s (Norma Rae). With Kathleen Maguire, Ruby Dee, and Robert Simon.

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