The Edge (1997) Poster



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Anthony Hopkins had a brush with death during shooting in Alberta, Canada. During filming 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 hospital to be treated.
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 and ultimately rejected were; "Wild"; "Wilder"; "The Wild"; "Into the Wild"; "Wilderness Now"; "Deadhunt"; "Deadfall"; "Edge"; "On the Edge"; "Bloody Betrayal" and "The Bear Roared".
The DeHaviland Beaver used in the film is the exact same one used in the production of Six Days Seven Nights (1998). It crashed in both movies.
This film inspired a highly successful TV 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 Anthony Hopkins's character.
The knife that Anthony Hopkins character carried in the Film was made by 'Brian Lyttle'. Blade length 3 3/4th inches with mammoth ivory scales.
Throughout the course of this movie, Alec Baldwin says the word "Charles", which was the first name of Anthony Hopkins character, at least 87 times.
Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman were both considered for the role that finally went to Anthony Hopkins.
The Edge is the 2nd film Anthony Hopkins had worked in that also featured Bart The Bear (Legends of the Fall 1994)
The rifle they find in the house is a Winchester Model 1886 45-70.
After reaching Jack Hawk's empty cabin, and after convincing Morse (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 eventually went on to play Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who planned and led the counter-strike against the Japanese in Pearl Harbor (2001).
The red float plane they crash in is a de Havilland Corp. DHC-2 Beaver.
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Alec Baldwin (Bob) says Anthony Hopkins' character's name ("Charles") 113 times in the film.
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The watch Mickey gave Robert is an Omega Seamaster Chronograph Ref# 2296 - the chronograph version of the James Bond watch.

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