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Cult teen movie Over the Edge will screen at Nitehawk Cinema on Wednesday

Joshua Rothkopf

Folks of a certain age are obsessed with 1979's Over the Edge, a movie about rebellious teens who destroy their high school, blow up several cars and basically validate all adult fears about a doomed generation on the rise. Rarely screened, the film—Matt Dillon's debut—will receive a special 35mm one-night-only showing at Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema on Wednesday 30 at 9:30pm. Costar Michael Kramer will do a postfilm Q&A; you can buy your tickets here.

But don't take our word for it: Famously, Kurt Cobain said Over the Edge "pretty much defined my whole personality." (It also directly inspired the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video.) Another fan is Dazed and Confused's Richard Linklater. Ahead of its time, the soundtrack includes cuts by the Cars, Van Halen, Cheap Trick and the Ramones—interestingly, this movie was released a few months before the much more lighthearted Rock 'n' Roll High School.


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