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On the Edge (2001)

On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.


John Carney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Carney Martin Carney ... Priest
Paul Hickey ... Mikey
Camille O'Sullivan Camille O'Sullivan ... Mikey's Wife
Cillian Murphy ... Jonathan Breech
Vincent Walsh ... Bouncer
Vinny Murphy Vinny Murphy ... Bouncer
Mary Murray ... Maria
Gavin Coleman Gavin Coleman ... Maria's Boyfriend
Patrick Murray Patrick Murray ... Joyrider
Stephen Rea ... Dr. Figure
Aidan Kelly ... Patient in Recreation Room
John Burke ... Patient in Recreation Room
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... Cat Woman
Des Smith Des Smith ... Patient with Cup
Judy Cameron Judy Cameron ... Woman Playing Piano


After the death of his alcoholic father, Jonathan Breech steals his father's ashes from his brother's house. He drives a stolen car off a cliff in order to commit suicide but he survives. After this, he accepts an alternative sentence of three months in therapy in a psychiatric hospital. There, he joins a suicide group under the supervision of Dr. Figure. He befriends a disturbed Rachel Row (who saw her mother dying in an accident) and Toby (who accidentally killed his brother in a car crash). During the treatment, the sarcastic Jonathan changes his behavior and sees the importance of being alive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A joyride through sex, love, and other activities



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some disturbing images and sexual content, and for some drug material | See all certifications »

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Jonathan: See, Dr Figure was a no-medication type of guy and all the hard core suicidals in his group - now including myself - had agreed not to kill or harm themselves before January 1st. I mean, can you imagine someone dead, hanging from the light fixture in their room, thinking, If my doctor finds out about this, I'm FUCKED."
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Pavane pour une infante défunte
Composed by Maurice Ravel
Published by kind permission of Editions Max Eschig/UMP
Performed by Orchestra Suisse Romande
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division
Part of the Universal Music Group
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Comedy on a most serious issue.Message:Treasure Life
22 September 2003 | by TheVirginArmySee all my reviews

i am tired of going into details on films . Cillian Murphy is captivating. The comedy is brilliant in timing and delivery and Stephen Rea plays it low profile in this film. Such constant and well done comedic content is based around young adults whon in despair do not wish to live and are institutionalised for it. (which is rare enough to find mental health assistance in ireland). the main character starts out wanting to end his life , commits sarcasm and jokes on all serious matters to hide his pain. He then through a series of life's common events, grows to appreciate life in a most touching way. as they say Tragedy Plus Time Equals Comedy" which seems to make a premise of this film yet for the character, his comedy stemming from pain grows to enlightenment. anyone who can understandably see the levels of mental depression in ireland that go without treatment can , i hope , relate to the issue at hand and appreciate the ability to laugh at life as well as treasure it. anyway this is how i interpret it, ( nothing worse than a critic, lol) ;-)

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English | Irish

Release Date:

21 September 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch the Sun See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)
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