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The Edge of the World (Sep-1937)

Director: Michael Powell

Writer: Michael Powell

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Finlay Currie
20-Jan-1878 9-May-1968 Great Expectations
John Laurie
25-Mar-1897 23-Jun-1980 Pvt. James Frazer on Dad's Army
Niall MacGinnis
29-Mar-1913 6-Jan-1977 49th Parallel


Review by anonymous (posted on 5-Jun-2005)

The Shetland Isle of Foula is the dramatic setting for this movie. Made on a budget of £20,000 Michael Powell set off to create this masterpiece based on the evacuation of a tiny Scottish Island. Powell, of Powell & Pressburger fame, had a great love for Scotland and in 1931 had heard about the population of St. Kilda, the farthest of the Scottish Hebrides being evacuated as the school had closed and all the young folk had abandoned their routes for a new life in a modern world on the mainland. The dramatic scenery captures the imagination of what it must have been like 70 years ago,living in such an isolated enviroment. The movie stars the famous Scottish Shakespearian actor & Dad`s army favorite, John Laurie, with co-stars Eric Berry, Belle Crystal & Findley Currie. The DVD version has several extras including, The life of St. Kilda, Michael Powell's Home Movies and a 1978 "Return To Foula." Some of the lines are a bit corney in this day and age, but the movie is well worth watching for the dramatic scenery,and historical refrence, especially scenes of the fishing boats around Lerwick Harbour. I might add that all the actors did their own stunts in the climbing scenes on the 1,000ft cliffs,which would be a health & safety issue these days. Watch & Enjoy this great British classic from Michael Powell,who went on to make such classics as "The Spy In Black", "Battle of the River Plate" and "A Matter Of Life & Death."

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