On the Edge

Film, Science fiction

Time Out says

Here's a one-off, or rather three-off: a trio of sci-fi short stories, each directed by a leading actress. Mirren's 'Happy Birthday' (ex-Keith Laumer) is the most flamboyant, an ironic winning-through parable, with Poitier prevailing in an over-populated futuristic hell. 'The Other Side' (ex-Bruce Holland Rogers) is Masterson's adaptation of a yarn about technology gone awry: a dying scientist hopes to live on via his clone, but the clone has other plans. Heche's 'Reaching Normal' (ex-Walter M Miller) suffers most from the compulsory brevity: its complicated plot, involving psychic twinning, cries out for more leisurely development. Memel directed the wraparound bits and produced (for cable and on a frugal budget) this intriguing if only fitfully satisfying package.

By: BBa


Release details

94 mins

Cast and crew

Helen Mirren, Mary Stuart Masterson, Anne Heche, Jana Sue Memel
Crispin Whittell, Mary Stuart Masterson, Anne Heche, John W Herrera
Sydney Tamiia Poitier
John Goodman
Christopher Lloyd
David Hyde Pierce
Beverly D'Angelo
Karen Sillas
Paul Rudd
Joel Grey
Helen Mirren
Anthony LaPaglia
Bruce Davison
Andie MacDowell
Ellen DeGeneres
Scott Lowell
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