The Edge (1997) Poster



Add to FAQ (Coming Soon)
Showing all 9 items
Jump to:


  • Billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins), who reads voraciously and remembers everything he reads, accompanies his much younger wife Mickey (Elle Macpherson), a beautiful fashion model, on a photo shoot in Alaska. When it becomes apparent to Charles that Mickey's photographer, Robert "Bob" Green (Alec Baldwin), has the hots for her, a subtle rivalry develops between them. As they are flying over the Alaskan wilderness seeking an Indian that Bob wants to photograph, their plane hits a flock of geese and crash lands, killing the pilot. Charles, Bob, and their friend Stephen (Harold Perrineau) are now forced to depend upon each other to survive in the wilderness, a situation not made any easier when they find themselves being stalked by a huge Kodiak bear. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The Edge is based on a screenplay by American playwright David Mamet. Originally titled The Bookworm, the title was changed to the "edgier" title, The Edge, three months before the movie was released. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The title is Lost in the Wilds: A Manual of Wilderness Survival by D. Croyle. The book is not a published book, having been made as a prop for the movie. The author, D. Croyle, was named after Darragh Croyle, the on set assistant to director Lee Tamahori. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Most likely not. He wouldn't have anything to gain from killing Charles, unless Bob was going to pay him. The movie never suggests that Stephen was in on the plan. When Stephen is laying by the fire, he even tells Charles that he thinks highly of him and appreciates all Charles is doing for him. Finally, when Bob says he couldn't kill Charles while Stephen was there because Steve is the only one who knows how Bob likes his coffee, Stephen responds as if they were all joking around, so he was apparently ignorant to the fact. The film basically has Stephen as an out-of-the-loop character along for the ride. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • It's possible. Charles mentions that in order to keep the bear away, they needed to bury the old dressings of Stephen's wound, so the scent of blood wouldn't carry in the air. For some unknown reason, during the rain storm, Bob left the dressing hanging on a tree branch, which attracted the bear, which then attacked and killed Stephen. It's possible Bob thought that Stephen was slowing them down due to his wound. This would also give Bob the opportunity to get rid of a witness, so once Charles got them out of the wilderness, Bob could kill him and make up any story he liked. It's also possible Bob just didn't understand why they needed to bury the dressings at the time and casually tossed the dressing aside or hung it up to be washed off during the rain in order to re-use it...which lead to tragic circumstances. Bob also tried to fight off the bear, but it does appear it was more out of trying to protect Charles (as he needed him) than trying to save Stephen. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Charles loads the wounded Bob into a canoe and begins paddling downstream, assuring Bob that they will get out okay. When the river drains into a large lake, they set up a camp on the shore and build a fire. As he lay near the fire, Bob asks Charles why he is trying to save the life of the man who tried to kill him, but Charles doesn't believe that Bob would have done it. Bob assures him that, indeed, he would have tried and asks Charles what he's intending to do when he gets back. Charles replies that he doesn't know and adds that he might not go back. Bob apologizes for trying to kill him and admits that Mickey was never in on it. Suddenly, Charles hears a helicopter in the distance. He waves his coat around trying to attract the pilot's attention. When it appears that the helicopter is going to fly away, he tosses some fir needles on the fire, sending up plumes of white smoke. The helicopter turns and heads toward them. Charles looks back at Bob to find him dead. Several hours later, when Charles gets back to the lodge with Bob's body, reporters are lined up wanting to talk to him. He goes straight to Mickey and hugs her. He places Bob's watch in her hand, a subtle way of letting her know that he knows about their relationship. He then turns to the reporters who ask him what happened to Bob and Stephen. "They died saving my life," is Charles' reply. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The movie doesn't answer that question, so viewers have made guesses ranging from 10 days to three weeks based on things they observed in the film. Somewhere between two and three weeks have been suggested, based on their beard growth. Another viewer made a guess based on the number of matches they lit, one each day for five days, plus a sixth to light the fire in the camp where they skin the bear, tan the hide, and sew bearskin coats for themselves. Figure that tanning a hide and sewing coats would have taken them at least two days (some viewers argue that it would take even longer). When they find the cabin, they replenish their matches, Bob is injured in the bear pit, and Charles canoes them out. That adds to at least 10 days, the minimum amount of time they could have been lost. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Viewers who have seen The Edge have recommended several movies about survival in the wilderness. For example, in Jeremiah Johnson (1972) (1972), Man in the Wilderness (1971) (1971), Touching the Void (2003) (1988), and Into the Wild (2007) (2007), men attempt to survive in the mountains of North America, Alaska, and British Columbia. Another highly recommended survival movie is Deliverance (1972) (1972) in which four men on a canoe trip face the Georgia back country. Similarly, in Southern Comfort (1981) (1981), a squad of National guards face danger in the Louisiana swamp. The Andes mountains are the setting for two survivor movies: Alive (1993) (1993) and Touching the Void (2003) (2003). Also similar to The Edge. in that two enemies are forced to rely on each other to survive, is Hell in the Pacific (1968) (1968), in which an American soldier and a Japanese soldier are marooned together on an island during World War II. Enemy Mine (1985) (1985) is a scifi that brings together a human and a Drac trying to survive together on a hostile planet. Survival on the ocean is the test faced by people in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) (1944). In The Naked Prey (1965) (1966), a man is pursued in the African wild by tribesmen trying to kill him. There's also Cast Away (2000) (2000), in which a man is marooned alone on an island, and The Blue Lagoon (1980) (1980) in which two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island. The Grey (2011) (2011) and The Revenant (2015) (2015) may be of interest as well. Edit (Coming Soon)


See also

Awards | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Metacritic Reviews

Recently Viewed