The Edge (1997) Poster



Sir Anthony Hopkins had a brush with death during filming in Alberta. He was taking painkillers for a neck problem. He fell in a river, and didn't feel how cold he was becoming, until he began to suffer from hypothermia. He had to be rushed to the hospital to be treated.
Sir Anthony Hopkins was suffering from a slipped disc throughout filming, and incorporated the pain he felt from this into his performance.
"Bookworm" was considered as a title for this film, other titles considered were; "Wild", "Wilder", "The Wild", "Into the Wild", "Wilderness Now", "Deadhunt", "Deadfall", "Edge", "On the Edge", "Bloody Betrayal", and "The Bear Roared".
This film inspired a highly successful television reality show of the same name in Brazil, where participants were selected from normal people, including executives, graduates, and clerks, left in a wild and deserted area of Brazilian landscape, and had to survive using techniques similar to the ones mentioned by Sir Anthony Hopkins' character.
The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, used in this film, is the same one used in Six Days Seven Nights (1998). It crashed in both movies.
Throughout the course of this movie, Alec Baldwin says the word "Charles", which was the first name of Sir Anthony Hopkins' character, at least eighty-seven times.
This was the second film, in which Sir Anthony Hopkins worked, that also featured Bart the Bear. The other being Legends of the Fall (1994).
The knife that Charles Morse (Sir Anthony Hopkins) carried in the film, was made by Brian Lyttle. The blade length was 3 3/4th inches, with mammoth ivory scales.
Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman were considered for the role of Charles Morse.
The watch Mickey (Elle Macpherson) gave Robert (Alec Baldwin), is an Omega Seamaster Chronograph Ref# 2296, the chronograph version of the James Bond watch.
The rifle they find in the house is a Winchester Model 1886 45-70.
After reaching Jack Hawk's (Gordon Tootoosis') empty cabin, and after convincing Morse (Sir Anthony Hopkins) to fly further to Big Bass Lake in search of Hawk, Green (Alec Baldwin) exclaims elatedly, "There's the spirit that beat the Japanese!" Alec Baldwin played Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle, who planned and led the counter-strike against the Japanese in Pearl Harbor (2001).
The red float plane, in which they crash, is a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver.
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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.
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Just before the end credits start rolling, there is a caption that reads: "Twentieth Century Fox and the Producers wish to thank Bart the Bart and his trainer Doug Seus, for their contributions to this film."
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