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The Edge (1997)

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An intellectual billionaire and two other men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down.


Lee Tamahori


David Mamet
3,503 ( 171)
3 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Anthony Hopkins ... Charles Morse
Alec Baldwin ... Robert Green
Elle Macpherson ... Mickey Morse
Harold Perrineau ... Stephen
Bart the Bear ... The Bear
L.Q. Jones ... Styles
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Ginny
David Lindstedt David Lindstedt ... James
Mark Kiely ... Mechanic
Eli Gabay Eli Gabay ... Jet Pilot
Larry Musser ... Amphibian Pilot
Brian Arnold Brian Arnold ... Reporter
Bob Boyd Bob Boyd ... Reporter
Kelsa Kinsly ... Reporter
Gordon Tootoosis ... Jack Hawk


A model has her rich, much older husband come with her to a photo shoot. But when their plane crashes in the middle of nowhere, a strong mind game erupts between the clever husband and the jealous young photographer as they try to get back to civilization. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They Were Fighting Over A Woman When The Plane Went Down. Now, Their Only Chance For Survival Is Each Other.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some adventure gore/violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The red float plane in which they crash is a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. See more »


When they're lifting a large tree to cross the river one of the shots reveals that the top of the tree has been sawed off a few feet above the actors' heads. See more »


Charles Morse: Did you know that you can make fire from ice?
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Crazy Credits

Just before the end credits start rolling, a caption appears on the screen: "Twentieth Century Fox and the producer wish to thank Bart the Bear and his trainer Doug Seus, for their contribution to this film." See more »


Referenced in Kung Fu and Titties (2013) See more »


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User Reviews

Bear-centric wilderness epic, very solid.
16 June 2020 | by Idiot-DeluxeSee all my reviews

The Edge is a very effective movie on several counts and is a blast to watch. Sporting a terrific A-list cast most notably Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin (his character is a real POS in this) and others. This suspenseful film is tightly crafted and will provide you with plenty of thrills, in light of the movies real star - a relentless man-eating bear. A "Mr. Kodiak", if you will. It's presence is very, very, menacing indeed and the attack scenes more or less put you right in the action, because that's just how vivid they are (and the bear attack in "Revenant" (2015) dials up the intensity and brutality even more). One of the best aspects of this film is it's grand scenic setting (scenic photography) which shows off the glorious splendor of the Canadian (?) wilderness ever so effectively. The greatest of film maestro's, Jerry Goldsmith, composed a notably effective score for this film and his music really drives home the "bear element" quite marvelously, with lots of powerful brass, thundering percussion and recurring low-end piano punctuations - thank you for very punchy sounds, Jerry. All in all though not perfect, The Edge is very solid all the same. But as far as criticism goes for this film I'd have to say that Baldwin's acting can be a grating (verging on embarrassing once or twice), some scenes in particular his over-acting is, well, you'll see. The Edge is a total pro-production in every aspect and is potent in it's delivery, trust me when I say you're bound to be entertained - to say the least. There really should be MORE wilderness epics like THIS (it's a breath of fresh air to get away from all the strip joints, gas stations, apartment buildings, military bases and parking lots - to say the least), but that never seems to happen. Lastly, am I imagining things or is this film a bit under-rated.

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Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bookworm See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,733,445, 28 September 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Art Linson Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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