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The Ledge (2011)

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A police officer looks to talk down a young man lured by his lover's husband to the ledge of a high rise, where he has one hour to contemplate a fateful decision.



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Complete credited cast:
Angela Lucetti
Chris (as Chris Gorham)
Frank (as Dean West)
Lt. Markowitz


A thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills. Ultimately, as a test of faith, or lack of it, the believer forces the non-believer onto the ledge of a tall building. He then has one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else's. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be capable of such a sacrifice? Written by Foresight

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One life. One chance. One step.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 2011 (Belarus)  »

Also Known As:

A Tentação  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,176 (USA) (10 July 2011)


$5,176 (USA) (10 July 2011)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patrick Wilson starred as Michael Holt in A Gifted Man. In Episode 15, "In Case of Letting Go" Maggie Siff stars as his high school sweetheart. Maggie Siff plays Jackson 'Jax' Teller's wife in Sons of Anarchy, played by Charlie Hunnam. See more »


At 1:12:27 into the movie, as the camera pans to Gavin on the ledge talking to Hollis, the sun is high casting only a partial shadow ton the gray building in the background. The camera then switches to just Hollis looking out of the window, and when it goes back to show Gavin again, the shadow on the gray building behind him covers it almost completely. But the next two times we see Gavin at the same spot the shadow moves back and forth, revealing that the scenes were shot earlier but cut in for the sake of the narrative. See more »


[first lines]
Det. Hollis Lucetti: Yeah, I'm not really sure I even want to do this. But this couple down at the precinct, they've been at me for this for a year now, and I've known them for 15 years, I mean, John and Jane Connelly, they're real good people, but you know, they can't have kids, so he goes, you know, "If I had a child I'd want to be like Hollis", aw shoot, I don't even know why...
Doctor: Mr. Lucetti. Mr. Lucetti.
Det. Hollis Lucetti: I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm just so nervous. This ain't my normal routine. You know, in a jar ...
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Referenced in Conan: An Atheist Named Faith (2011) See more »


Written by Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott
Performed by Lisbeth Scott
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Excellent Quiet Film: To err is human
12 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To err is human.

A quiet gem of a movie in days of violence, CGI and sensationalism. The Ledge is a quiet film without much effects but focuses on a good script, solid screenplay and fine acting. All the characters in this film have flaws: Gavin (played by Charlie Hunnam) is an easy-going atheist who lives day by day, Joe Harris played by Patrick Wilson) is the born-again who lives for an ideal, Shana Harris (played by Liv Tyler) is a woman lost, found again and looking for love. What are the character flaws? Gavin made a mistake he regretted in his earlier marriage, Joe ruined his life earlier, and Shana was lost too. Detective Hollis Lucetti (Terrance Howard) also has a problem, his wife Angela's infidelity. Now I can't say more and lead you to spoilers but some some people point out the film is about fundamentalism vs atheism but that's the plot. The theme is about being human and love makes us make mistakes. We rationalize and talk our way out of doing wrong but in the end, we make mistakes and need forgiveness from others. Gavin doesn't want to make another mistake for someone he loves, so he is forced into his decision. Shana and Joe don't appear to have much in common but their lives were lost before finding God. Shana and Gavin make the mistake of the affair and literal mistake of not being so discreet. Joe's views are so constrictive he acts like the vengeful God of the Old Testaments leading him to a destructive act. At the end of the day, Hollis has to return home. He is angry, but then he realizes love can drive one to err. He has to move on, accept what has happened and realize, perhaps it's all not that bad.

Real score: 7.6-7.8/10. The Ledge is a film that, yes, made me cry a bit. For Shana and Hollis. You are happy his wife Angela is given redemption. Forgiveness starts somewhere. The Ledge is the kind of film that probably should make the Top 10 Films of the Year but not a masterpiece. It's strength is in the script and acting, especially Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson. Directing, cinematography and screenplay are average which holds it back. But unlike many recent films, there's no flashy flashback, annoying tinted lenses (like blue for horror and scifi or yellowed for period films), or special effects. Just a simple camera. Quite old school but effective.

A pleasant surprise with thoughtful, psychological impact.

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