The film was considered unusual for its time because of its portrayal of an interracial friendship, and was praised by representatives of the NAACPUrban LeagueAmerican Jewish Committee and Interfaith Council because of its portrayal of racial brotherhood.
Young drifter Axel Nordmann John Cassavetes arrives at the waterfront on the west side of Manhattan, seeking employment as a longshoremanand giving his name as "Alex North. Malick resents blacks in positions of authority, and is antagonized when Axel goes to work for Tommy. Axel moves into Tommy's neighborhood and becomes friends with Tommy's wife Lucy Ruby Dee and becomes romantically involved with her friend Ellen Wilson Kathleen Maguire.
Tommy serves as a mentor to Axel, urging him to stand up to Malick, and that if he does he will be "ten feet tall. Malick is aware of that, and is extorting money Intruder 3 - Various - Metal Gear Solid Original Game Soundtrack him. Malick The City At Night - Leonard Rosenman - Edge Of The City / The Cobweb tries to provoke Tommy and Axel into fights, with Tommy coming to Axel's aid.
Malick finally provokes Tommy into a fight, with both men using their baling hooks. Tommy at one point disarms Malick and implores him to stop, but Malick seizes the hook and kills him.
The police The City At Night - Leonard Rosenman - Edge Of The City / The Cobweb is stymied by lack of cooperation from the longshoremen, including Axel. But after meeting with the distraught Lucy, who accuses him of never being Tommy's friend as he knows who killed Tommy but has not told the Das Hungernde Kind - Lutz Görner, Ulrich Türk - Balladen Für Kinder, Axel finally decides to cooperate.
He goes to Malick to tell him that. They get into a fight, and in the end, though beaten, Axel strangles Malick unconscious and drags him away to face justice. The film was shot on location at a railroad yard in Manhattan and on St.
Nicholas Terrace in New York's Harlem. Poitier was the only actor remaining from the TV version, in which the Jack Warden character was played by Martin Balsam and the Cassavetes character was played by Don Murray.
The TV version was directed by Robert Mulligan. The script was completely rewritten for the film. The opening title sequence and theatrical release poster were designed by Saul Bass. The score was composed, conducted and orchestrated by Leonard Rosenman.
The film earned positive reviews,  with critics praising the unusual multiracial relationship between the Poitier and Cassavetes characters. Up till then, whites were ordinarily shown in positions of authority.
Time magazine noted that the Poitier character "is not only the white man's boss, but is his best friend, and is at all times his superior, possessing Euforia - Pasmaters - Seeing Through Hardcore intelligence, courage, understanding, warmth and general adaptability.
Poitier's performance received glowing reviews, and the film, along with Blackboard Junglehelped establish him as "one of Hollywood's few established representatives for black Americans. Cassavetes also won acclaim for his portrayal, which resembled that of Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront The Motion Picture Production Code Administration allowed the innuendo, but recommended "extremely careful handling to avoid planting the suspicion that he may be homosexual.
The New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther called Edge of the City an "ambitious little film" and "at times close to some sort of fair articulation of the complexities of racial brotherhood. MGM delayed release of the film because it was uneasy with the racial theme. However, the film was released after receiving rave reviews from preview audiences. The film was not a commercial success.
It did not play in the Southern United Statesand was refused by many theater managers because of its depiction of an interracial relationship. Los Angeles Times critic Dennis Lim, writing indescribed Edge of the City and Something of Value as "variations on an early Poitier specialty, the black-white buddy movie, the most vivid example of which is perhaps Stanley Kramer 's The Defiant Ones ," in which Poitier and Tony Curtis played escaped convicts shackled to each other.
One history of African-Americans in film, originally published by author Donald Bogle inwas critical of Poitier's portrayal, referring to him as portraying a "colorless black" with "little ethnic juice in his blood.
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