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The Edge (1997)

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An intellectual billionaire and two lesser 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
3,397 ( 256)
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 »

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Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bookworm See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,733,445, 28 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,779,888, 21 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,300,000, 22 February 1998
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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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Did You Know?


This was the second film, in which Sir Anthony Hopkins worked, that also featured Bart the Bear. The other being Legends of the Fall (1994). See more »


In a forest of tall trees with no climbing equipment or tools it would have been all but impossible to rig a booby trap, by rope, from high in the trees to swing at the bear. See more »


Ginny: Is that a new watch?
Robert Green: Ya, dual time zones; tells the time in two places.
Ginny: What for?
Robert Green: So if I'm in L.A. and want to know the time in New York I don't have to go through the anguish of adding three.
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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 30 Rock: 100: Part 1 (2011) See more »


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Way Better Than Jaws
16 October 2016 | by fullbugSee all my reviews

Some reviews refer to this movie as "Jaws With Claws". Perhaps, but the breath taking cinematography and numerous sub plots make this a way better movie. The negative and mediocre reviews (I believe) are the result of armchair survivalists and those that are so saturated with city folk movies that they are practically in culture shock when watching something like this.

I've watched this movie numerous times, and from my perspective, everything is perfect. Introduction - Rising Action - Initial Incident - More Rising Action - Unfolding Sub Plots - 2 Separate Climaxes - Falling Action - Resolution. None of that annoying artistic, trying to be different garbage. Very nicely done.

Music score, directing, and acting are all top notch as well...doesn't get much better than Hopkins and Baldwin. And especially Bart The Bear (RIP). I've watched several documentaries of Bart and his owner Doug Seus. Bart knew when the camera's were rolling and when to turn on the juice in acting ferocious. Nothing scarier than a 1000 pound Kodiak bear stalking you through the woods (wanting to eat you).

No spoilers, highly recommended, one of my all time favorite movies.

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