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Man on a Ledge (2012)

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As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion.


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An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatch a police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren't as they seem. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If you do the time, you may as well do the crime. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al borde del abismo  »

Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,001,932 (USA) (27 January 2012)


$18,600,911 (USA) (24 February 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sign on the roof of Englander's: "24 HOUR ROOF REPAIR". This is the reason for the massive blue tarp. Coincidentally or not, it provided additional coverage for Joey Cassidy (Jamie Bell) and Angie (Genesis Rodriguez). See more »


During the second heist attempt, as Angie opens the bag containing her black "cat suit" , a boom microphone is reflected in the room's chrome trim. See more »


[first lines]
Manager: Good morning, sir.
Nick Cassidy: Last name's Walker.
Manager: Yes. Mr. Walker. Room 2105, South Tower. Great view. We also have a larger unit available on the east side, I can offer you at the same price.
Nick Cassidy: No, I think I'll stick with the view.
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The Summit logo at the beginning has a background of New York skyscrapers on it. See more »


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Police On My Back
Written by Eddy Grant
Performed by The Clash
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An interesting premise but the film does little with it.
15 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'MAN ON A LEDGE': Three Stars (Out of Five)

Sam Worthington stars in this action thriller about an ex-cop turned escaped con threatening to commit suicide by jumping from a Manhattan hotel room while a diamond heist is going on in the building next door. The film costars Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie, Kyra Sedgwick and the gorgeous Genesis Rodriguez (also seen recently in the Will Ferrell comedy 'CASA DE MI PADRE'). It was directed by Asger Leth and written by Pablo F. Fenjves. Despite a good cast the film is just mediocre entertainment; it has an interesting premise but does little with it.

Worthington plays Nick Cassidy, an ex-cop framed for a crime he didn't commit; stealing a diamond from David Englander (Harris). He breaks out of prison and flees to a Manhattan hotel where he threatens to commit suicide. Cassidy requests Detective Lydia Mercer (Banks), a police psychologist, to negotiate with. As Mercer tries to talk Cassidy down a diamond heist is being conducted in the building next door by Nick's brother Joey Cassidy (Bell).

The movie is interesting at first but how it plays out is a little less than thrilling. The directing is adequate at best and the screenplay is lacking involvement. Worthington, Banks, Bell and the rest do the best with their parts though and it's nice to see Worthington continue to branch out a little. The film is forgettable but a little more than mildly entertaining.

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