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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.

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Lee Tamahori

Writer:

David Mamet
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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
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Storyline

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>

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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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Trivia

Throughout the course of this movie, Alec Baldwin says the word "Charles", which was the first name of Sir Anthony Hopkins' character, at least eighty-seven times. See more »

Goofs

The fire that Charles and Bob make at 1:11 would theoretically work, and it'd sure be nice, but it wouldn't probably happen. The amount of dryfall that would be needed to sustain just ONE fire would be an ambitious endeavor. That part of the continent gets a lot of rain, therefore anything inland is liable to be wet. Areas on the riverbank may have some wood to get started. What a person would do is get something lit - anything - and they'd be smart to use the benefit of that heat to then help dry future wood (fuel). A person could then gradually move inland, but keeping any fire going in a damp climate is an enormous task. There's little chance in those conditions, at night, without huge stockpiles of fuel, that a person could keep up with it. Not because of lack of desire, just lack of practicality. See more »

Quotes

Charles Morse: Today, I'm-a-gonna-kill the mutha fucka.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Gloria (1999) See more »

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Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Excellent film
6 August 2000 | by darth_sidiousSee all my reviews

What's so good about this picture? Well, it's actually very well shot and some very nice writing by Mamet.

Many people probably haven't even heard of this picture, the title is uninspiring but the film isn't.

The direction is superb, the widescreen frame is filled with details and characters use the 2.35:1 scope very well. The film is shot with the cinema screen in mind, not pan and scan. The photography is beautiful, the landscape comes alive, sometimes it steals the picture away from the characters.

The acting is fine, but sometimes a bit more meat was required in the middle of the picture. I don't think the actors had enough depth, but overall not bad.

The picture is about survival and that's all I will say.

The final frames are disappointing, should've been handled better.

The director did a terrific job capturing the Alaska terrain.

As usual, please view this picture in widescreen otherwise people you would have only seen 57% of the picture. There is only one way to enjoy the photography, and that's in widescreen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bookworm See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,733,445, 28 September 1997

Gross USA:

$27,873,386

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,312,294
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Art Linson Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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