On the Edge

June 29, 2001 | 30 minutes
Directed by: Helen Mirren | Written by: Crispin Whittell
On the Edge is a compendium of three short science-fiction films, each with a decidedly feminist slant. The first segment, directed by Helen Mirren, is "Happy Birthday," in which a straight-A student (Sidney Tamilia Poitier) seeks recourse after she is "quota'd out" of graduate school. Next up is "The Other Side," directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, wherein a scientific genius (Anthony LaPaglia) clones himself upon learning that he has inoperable cancer - only to find himself and his clone as two points in a romantic triangle. Closing out the program is Anne Heche's "Reaching Normal," the tale of a bored housewife (Andie McDowell) and her "telepathic twin," an eccentric college professor (Paul Rudd).
Cast: Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Hannah), Caroline Rhea (Monica), Jenica Bergere (Sally), John Goodman (The Dean), Roman Danylo (The Boyfriend), David Hyde Pierce (Barney), Dondre Whitfield (Trent), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Danny), Christopher Lloyd (Attorney Bum), Beverly D'Angelo (Bag Lady), Helen Mirren (Distinguished Woman), Ken Hudson Campbell (Security Guard)


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