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The Edge

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Director: Lee Tamahori

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle MacPherson


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Billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) accompanies his much-younger wife Mickey (Elle Macpherson) and a fashion photography team headed by Bob Green (Alec Baldwin) to a remote lodge in Alaska. Charles is a quiet, introspective man, fond of accumulating trivia and other facts in his encyclopedic mind; he is also troubled with the idea that Bob and Mickey may be


Billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) accompanies his much-younger wife Mickey (Elle Macpherson) and a fashion photography team headed by Bob Green (Alec Baldwin) to a remote lodge in Alaska. Charles is a quiet, introspective man, fond of accumulating trivia and other facts in his encyclopedic mind; he is also troubled with the idea that Bob and Mickey may be lovers. Even though he suspects the younger man plans to kill him, Charles goes with Bob and his assistant Stephen (Harold Perrineau) on an airplane trip to find a photogenic friend (Gordon Tootoosis) of the lodge owner (L.Q. Jones), but the plane crashes in a lake, killing the pilot. The crash is miles from their planned path, so they can't expect to be spotted by an aerial search; there's only one chance: they have to walk to a more likely spot.Though Robert and Stephan are more physically fit, Charles' calm wit and ingenuity proves the key to their survival, especially after a ferocious bear brutally kills Stephen. Robert and Charles' odyssey becomes more urgent when they discover that the bear is now stalking them.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A visceral thriller set in the rugged Alaskan wilderness, The Edge augments its man-against-nature theme with complications deriving from human fear and treachery. Things get off to a shaky start when middle-aged billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) accompanies his supermodel trophy wife, Mickey (Elle Macpherson), on a shoot staged by smug photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin) and his weak-willed assistant, Steven (Harold Perrineau). When their sightseeing trip ends with a plane crash in a dense, remote forest, the three men are forced to rely on each other while finding their way back to civilization -- but distrust rears its ugly head and eventually pits moneybags against shutterbugs. As the bookish intellectual whose superior knowledge makes him a formidable survivalist, Hopkins is perfectly cast and extremely effective. Baldwin, likewise, is well suited to the role of the arrogant photographer. David Mamet’s script isn’t very strong on character motivation, and some of the situations strain credulity, but Mamet’s dialogue is characteristically terse and biting. The muscular direction of Lee Tamahori (Along Came a Spider) keeps things moving at a slam-bang pace and wrings every drop of suspense from the characters’ predicaments -- especially their pursuit by a huge, incensed Kodiak bear. The Edge is well titled: That’s the part of the chair on which you’ll be perched for the duration of this unbearably tense flick.
All Movie Guide
This underrated adventure-thriller is intriguing, entertaining, and features gorgeous panoramic views of its wilderness locations. Combining a tight script by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Mamet with the skillful direction of Lee Tamahori, the pacing is on target, the conflicts are provocatively foreshadowed, and the lead characters are realistically flawed, fully fleshed-out human beings. Anthony Hopkins brilliantly portrays an intellectual billionaire juxtaposed to Alec Baldwin's vulnerable performance as a shallow fashion photographer. Mamet's exploration of the moral psychology and mind games between the leads, as well as the sheer physiology of man versus nature, grows delightfully complicated when the men develop a love/hate relationship dependent upon their short-term needs for survival, their fight against a man-eating bear (ferociously played by Bart the Bear), and their desire for the same woman. The story line has its flaws - notably the confusing back story of Baldwin's affair with Hopkins' wife (a supermodel adequately played by Elle Macpherson), and the lack of a satisfying denouement. As photographed by veteran cinematographer Donald McAlpine, The Edge makes full use of the Alaskan setting (actually filmed in Canada) for its majestic and mountainous grandeur, but it's the action scenes and believable intensity between Hopkins and the bear that will put viewers on the edges of their seats.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

The Edge is like a wilderness adventure movie written by David Mamet, which is not surprising, since it was written by Mamet. It's subtly funny in the way it toys with the cliches of the genre.

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Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Lee Tamahori Director
Eric Batut Sound/Sound Designer
Janice Blackie-Goodine Set Decoration/Design
Peerless Camera Company Special Effects
Grace Gilroy Production Manager
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Donna Isaacson Casting
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Art Linson Producer
David Mamet Screenwriter
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Philip A. Patterson Asst. Director
Lloyd Phillips Executive Producer
Richard Roberts Art Director
Neil Travis Editor
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer


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The Edge 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin do a terrific acting job here. I truly enjoyed their strong and very different characters. Both actors portray strong-willed men, and as such this film is a joy to watch. But these men, ultimately, are quite different. Alec Baldwin's character is strong-willed and of above-average intelligence; but Anthony Hopkins's character is a portrayal of a truly superior, truly virtuous, man. It is a little rare in film, with the exception of Meet Joe Black, that a very wealthy man actually DESERVES his money. I mean that his superior wealth is matched by superior wisdom & virtue. Hopkins' character, Charles Morse, is a billionaire who portrays the best in mankind: knowledge, wisdom, fortitude, enduring optimism, courage, kindness, and benevolence. And, deliciously, he wins. Through Morse's interactions with the photographer played by Alec Baldwin, we are privileged to see a rarity: a unflawed hero.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ultimate movie for anyone that loves, appreciates and most importantly respects nature. Be it human, animal or wild. The scenery is some of the best you will ever see not having to leave your living room. If you pay close enough attention you can see the symbolism between the beauty of nature and the beauty of man working in contrast to the dangers of both. It is such an enjoyable viewing experience that I found myself going for another viewing just 2 days later. If you love the best and respect the worst nature has to offer then I believe you will love The Edge.
barnyard More than 1 year ago
A lot of work went into the making of this great movie. Although Anthony Hopkins and Alex Baldwin are both great actors, Hopkins is my favorite actor while Baldwin is on my top ten, least likeable actors.To me, they both fit perfectly in their respective roles. If you also like this movie, I'm sure you will also like " The Bear ", "The Cowboys", and "Mail Order Bride - 1964".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Riveting! I find it especially interesting that once the duo overcomes their worst fear,(i.e. the bear)it becomes the source of their very survival. Best movie I've seen in awhile. Gary
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