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Man on a Ledge (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  27 January 2012 (USA)
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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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Jack Dougherty (as Ed Burns)
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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

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You can only push an innocent man so far. 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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2.35 : 1
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Amy Adams was considered for the role of Lydia. See more »


When Joey and Angie reach the corridor with the heat sensor they spray it with a fire extinguisher to chill it. A sudden or rapid fall in temperature would still set a heat sensors alarm off. 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 »


Referenced in Danville 2nd Ward Young Men: St. Anthony June 2013 (2013) See more »


Police On My Back
Written by Eddy Grant
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Disregard the Bad Reviews and Enjoy this Entertaining Action-Thriller
17 June 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Sing Sing Correctional Facility, the ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is informed that his appeal was denied by the court. When his father dies, Nick has authorization to go to the funeral escorted by two policemen. However, he has a fight with his estranged brother Joey Cassidy (Jamie Bell) and Nick subdues the police officers and escape.

Nick lodges at the 21st floor of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York and he goes to the ledge through the window and threatens to jump on the floor, attracting a crowd on the street. The negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) is assigned to convince the unknown jumper to give up of his intention. Meanwhile Joey and his girlfriend Angela Maria 'Angie' Lopez (Genesis Rodriguez) breaks in the jewelry owned by the powerful David Englander (Ed Harris). Nick claims innocence to Lydia and asks her to give more time to him since he will prove that he is innocent. Lydia believes that Nick is honest or lunatic and decides to investigate his information.

"Man on a Ledge" is an entertaining action-thriller with a great cast. The story has the usual plot holes and unrealistic situations, but that is the funniest part of this type of movie. The unknown Genesis Rodriguez is a very beautiful actress and my advice to the readers is to disregard the bad reviews and enjoy this good film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "À Beira do Abismo" ("On the Edge of the Abyss")

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