USA | 1985 | 94 minutes | R
A Los Angeles taxi driver picks up a woman in his cab, not knowing that she’s on a suicidal revenge mission. He manages to escape with her before getting killed, but deranged gangsters are searching for them.
Director: Norbert Meisel
Cast: Robert Forster, Nancy Kwan, Joe Spinell
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Neon Dreams goes grindhouse-mode for an excessive joyride through the seedy streets and grimey locales of early-80s Los Angeles. The legendary Robert Forster stars in Walking The Edge, a rip-roaring tale of redemption and vigilante justice that is as unhinged and over-the-top as they come.
Nancy Kwan, who co-wrote the screenplay, portrays a woman seeking vengeance against the gang (led by Neon Dreams favourite Joe Spinell) that murdered her family. On her road to retribution she crosses paths with a burnt out cabbie played by Forster, and gets him mixed up in a violent and deadly situation. An ’80s prototype to Michael Mann’s Collateral, Walking The Edge also clearly inspired Quentin Tarantino with Forster’s Max Cherry character in Jackie Brown arguably a continuation of his character in this film.
Boasting a funky score by Jay Chattaway and some truly memorable one-liners sure to have our audience howling, Walking The Edge is an obscure gem that may be your new cult obsession. If you’re a fan of hard-boiled exploitation cinema, this screening—presented on a new 4K restoration care of the fine folks at Fun City Editions—is not to be missed. (BRENDAN ROSS)
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