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Edge of Seventeen (1998)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 April 2000 (Australia)
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A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.

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David Moreton

Writer:

Todd Stephens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Stafford Chris Stafford ... Eric
Tina Holmes ... Maggie
Andersen Gabrych Andersen Gabrych ... Rod
Stephanie McVay ... Mom
Lea DeLaria ... Angie
John Eby John Eby ... Dad
Antonio Carriero Antonio Carriero ... Andy
Jason Lockhart ... Steve (as Jason Scheingross)
Tony Maietta Tony Maietta ... Gregg
Jeff Fryer ... Jonathan
Kevin Joseph Kelly Kevin Joseph Kelly ... Chuckie (as Kevin J. Kelly)
Mark Gates Mark Gates ... Foodtown
Stevie Reese Desmond ... Ruby Rogers
Barbie Marie Barbie Marie ... Frieda
Craig H. Shepherd ... Irate Customer (as Craig Shepherd)
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Storyline

A gay teen finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle America in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers. Written by Matthew Fillmore <MFillmore@Pensive.Org>

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friend | gay | teenager | sex | 1980s | See All (133) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Picture This! Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aos 17 Anos See more »

Filming Locations:

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,302, 2 May 1999

Gross USA:

$871,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$871,759
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story takes place from 1984 to 1985. See more »

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During the "real date" scene, Rod goes in to buy cheese fries, and you can see through the car and can tell it's backed into the parking spot. However, when they are leaving, they back out of it. See more »

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drag queen: to Jonathan as he runs out of bar looking for Eric: Come in and have a cocktail with me, sweetie.
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Delaria is seen still on stage after the credits briefly telling the audience to "go home." See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on TV has been cut down to 78 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

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We Are the Universe
Written by Smokey Miles (as Count Smokula) and Brad Bailey
Performed by Dark Horse Band
Published by Meson Music (BMI)/King Kino Music (ASCAP)
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Wonderful movie.
1 March 2006 | by mysquirellywrathSee all my reviews

I honestly did not think I would like this movie. Something about the fact that it was based in the eighties made me a little edgy about seeing it. But I was actually pleasantly surprised.

Chris Stafford, who I would very much like to see in bigger roles, presented an incredible portrayal of a young man struggling with his sexuality in a very bias environment. Not only did I enjoy the way his character gradually came out of his shell and embraced this part about him that he had tried so hard to deny for so long but I was just so entranced and surprised by his performance throughout the film.

Anderson Gabrych as Rod was equally amazing. I was a little put off by him at first and I was extremely wary of that stereotypical gay he seemed to be at first introduction but I really enjoyed his performance, as well. And Tina Holmes was wonderful as Eric's best friend and her difficulty with the fact that the man she was in love with didn't love her that way was incredibly believable.

I enjoyed each actor's portrayal of their character and the flawless acting and the sexy (but tasteful) love scenes and just about everything about the film. The only thing I did not enjoy was the end. It felt awkward and cut short and if the director was aiming for a cliffhanger, he certainly succeeded - but a little too much was left unsaid for a completely successful closing.

Overall, the movie was one that I will watch many, many more times. It's an emotional, realistic insight into the struggles of coming out and embracing one's sexuality. Definitely worth the watch.


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