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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Father Leo
Janice Ackerman
Prison Guard
Desk Sergeant
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Jack Dougherty (as Ed Burns)
Cop - Room (as John Solo)


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?


Amy Adams was considered for the role of Lydia. See more »


After Joey opens the panel beside the vault door, Angie looks into it and we see the vent beyond goes on for a fair distance. However, later in the movie, we see into the vault itself and it's evident the layout of the vault and corridor couldn't possibly accommodate a vent of the length shown. 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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Crazy Credits

The Summit logo at the beginning has a background of New York skyscrapers on it. See more »


References Fourteen Hours (1951) See more »


Police On My Back
Written by Eddy Grant
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Man on ledge = viewer on edge
22 June 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Don't be put off by the rather boring title, this is a quirky little movie that works quite well and will give acrophobics a dizzying run for their money.

I have to say that I figured a movie in which the plot revolves around some guy on a ledge would be relatively slow paced. However the film is in fact surprisingly fast-paced with the viewer largely unaware of the underlying plot even as our man steps out on to his ledge.

The characters and their parts in the plot are revealed as we go, with plenty to keep the viewer on the edge of their seat as our disgraced ex-cop dangles precariously on his ledge.

The revelations come thick and fast, and at one point you may well be asking yourself whether there are actually any good cops in this movie (luckily for our "jumper", there are!).

There is one really good action scene/stunt in the movie which is difficult to describe without ticking the "spoiler" box so I will leave you to discover what was for me the best jaw-dropping moment of the film.

And just in case anyone reading this review has already watched the movie and was wondering, Genesis Rodriguez stripping down to her underwear was my second best jaw-dropper scene (sad, I know!)

Not an epic but a nevertheless entertaining movie that is well worth watching, and there is even a nice little twist towards the end.

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