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The Edge (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  26 September 1997 (USA)
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A billionaire and two other men are stranded, unequipped, by a plane crash in a dangerous wilderness. How many will survive to be rescued?



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A model has her rich, much older husband come with her to a photo shoot. But when their plane crashes in the middle of nowhere, a strong mind game erupts between the clever husband and the jealous young photographer as they try to get back to civilization. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They Were Fighting Over A Woman When The Plane Went Down. Now, Their Only Chance For Survival Is Each Other.

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Rated R for language and some adventure gore/violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bookworm  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,733,445 (USA) (26 September 1997)


DEM 476,432 (Germany) (17 April 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Mr. Wizard Gets Lost: Bears Beware!!
28 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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I am not a fan of Mamet. I hated House Of Games. His works are always so bizarre and devoid of any scintilla of reality. Now, the characterization of Charles; show of hands, how many people think someone who oversees this many responsibilities has his mind filled with every possible scrap of practical survival trivia? Can we tell Mamet is rich? Could this, perhaps be a little bit autobiographical? Sorry, the film is about Charles. I do not know Mamet's life but I can tell you this, heads of conglomerates do not have any room left in their heads for anything but the limitless worries that go with their responsibilities. Do we think Donald Trump's head is filled with all this extraneous crap utterly alien to his dasein? It gives the film such a sense of unreality about it. Charles seems to be a complete plot contrivance; his head is full of this crap so they can depend upon him. This dependence, given his suspicions about Bob, enunciated before the crash, gives him this other world saintliness. This is why the movie did not do so well; Charles is an utter fantasy character. Rich people do not have their heads filled with Boy Scout manuals, please.

Now, they climb and climb off the tremendous energy they obtained from eating that squirrel, no where else do we see them eat. That must have been one chubby little squirrel. They are shown soaking wet in several scenes; the very next scene their clothes are all dried out, try that out in the frozen woods, good luck. The bear begins stalking them, Bob, after being warned by Charles, inexplicably leaves Stephen's bloody rags swinging out in the wind? See what I mean? The writing is odd, couple this with the glorification of the rich by drawing Charles as a set upon martyr who is constantly harassed by those annoying little people. Even after they try to kill him and steal his wife, he still takes Bob almost all the way home. This was after Bob tried to shoot him up at the cabin. Forgive me, I am not a Christian, but are the rich renowned for their saintly altruism? Do many super rich people you know have their heads filled with Boy Scout manuals and their hearts with the Love of Christ? It is so painfully bad. Forgive me, but I can't help but notice that, perhaps, we have a rich person writing with a tad bit of guilt about his wealth? What do you think?

The photography is breathtaking and the battle with the bear is fantastic however unlikely. A bear connects like that when he hits Bob and he would shatter every bone in that arm. Even given its lack of verisimilitude it still is worth watching the film for. It is very entertaining, it is only later when you ruminate over the movie, you will realize how phony the character of Charles was. The whole movie is feel sorry for the saintly, oppressed, persecuted, rich person. Sorry, after the crash of 2008, I am fresh out of sympathy for corporate swine. As a movie, if you ignore the eternal Mr. Wizard knows everything crap, you will enjoy it. Every scene is more beautiful than the one before if only the script followed suit. I gave it a 5 for the entertainment and the photography. L.Q. shows why he has always been a great actor. Worth Watching borderline owning.

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