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The Edge (1997)

An intellectual billionaire and two lesser men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down.

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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>

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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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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,733,445, 28 September 1997, Wide Release

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$27,779,888, 21 December 1997

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$6,300,000, 22 February 1998
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One of Bart the Bear's final acting roles, before his death on May 10, 2000, at the age of twenty-three. See more »

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The fire that Charles and Bob make at 1:11 would theoretically work, and it'd sure be nice, but it wouldn't probably happen. The amount of dryfall that would be needed to sustain just ONE fire would be an ambitious endeavor. That part of the continent gets a lot of rain, therefore anything inland is liable to be wet. Areas on the riverbank may have some wood to get started. What a person would do is get something lit - anything - and they'd be smart to use the benefit of that heat to then help dry future wood (fuel). A person could then gradually move inland, but keeping any fire going in a damp climate is an enormous task. There's little chance in those conditions, at night, without huge stockpiles of fuel, that a person could keep up with it. Not because of lack of desire, just lack of practicality. See more »

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Charles Morse: Why is the rabbit unafraid? Because he's smarter than the panther.
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Just before the end credits start rolling, a caption appears on the screen: "Twentieth Century Fox and the producer wish to thank Bart the Bear and his trainer Doug Seus, for their contribution to this film." See more »

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Referenced in 30 Rock: 100: Part 1 (2011) See more »

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Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Pretty mainstream stuff with unmet intentions of deep psychological conflict
26 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

The Edge (1997)

This is a fun wilderness adventure movie with some terrific acting by both Alec Baldwin (as a spoiled bad boy) and Anthony Hopkins (as a very smart millionaire). They battle of wits, and the fighting of the elements, is fodder for screenwriter David Mamet, who has produced more interesting dialog than this, for sure. The third star is the Kodiak bear, who gets a huge credit line at the end, and who unites, at least sometimes, the two men in the cold isolation of Alaska.

But let's face it, as much fun as this is, this is thin going. It even looks a bit like a slightly adult version of a Disney adventure film, with people bonding and conflicting as needed. In fact, if you start comparing this movie to others like it (there are a few), you might even consider the television series "Lost," which is at least more imaginative and full-blooded in its writing. Or just survival in the mountains you might check out "Touching the Void."

I just saw the old Spencer Tracy movie "Mountain" this week, and it is a weird precursor to this one (minus the bear). That is, two people facing the elements have very different ideas of morality and of trust. Like that movie, this newer one doesn't explore the conflict of personae, or ethics, very far, giving only what are the obvious differences. That's not enough for a feature length affair.

Which brings us back to Baldwin and Hopkins. They are, actually, enough to hold you in for the duration. You really do hope they survive, and if you wince at some of the dialog and at the appearance of bear traps at all the wrong moments, you can get into the drama of it pretty well. And into the scenery. Amazing stuff.


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