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Edge of the City
Directed by Martin Ritt • 1957 • United States
Starring Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes, Ruby Dee
This hard-hitting look at 1950s race relations stars Sidney Poitier and John Cassavetes as a pair of New York City railway workers whose friendship draws the ire of their racist supervisor—setting into motion a fateful chain of events. Evocatively shot on location in the rail yards of Manhattan, the first feature by socially conscious filmmaker Martin Ritt is a searing call for racial justice and a milestone in the portrayal of interracial friendship on screen.