Over The Edge/Fun Facts
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
- Charles S. Haas based his story on true events which occurred in the planned community of Foster City, California in the early 1970s. In fact, a California headline about the incident, "Mouse Packs: Kids On A Crime Spree", was authored by Haas when he was a reporter with the San Francisco Examiner.
- Originally completed in 1979, the movie was not released until two years later when it was run on HBO. At the time, the studio thought the movie was too controversial and feared that it would spark violence, which apparently occurred with the film The Warriors (1979).
- Tip and Tip's mother are played by Eric Lalich and Irene Lalich, who are mother and son in real life.
- Matt Dillon didn't actually want or expect to be cast in the movie. He went to the audition just so he could skip school.
- Matt Dillon's first movie.
- The original title of the movie was "On the Edge".
- Was one of the main inspirations for Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' music video.
- After the film's successful run on HBO in 1981, it was selected for a special two-week engagement at Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York in December 1981. The response was so positive that the film was booked for regular engagements in several New York theaters the following February.
- According to sources Kurt Cobain said that "(Over the Edge) pretty much defined my whole personality. It was really cool. Total anarchy."