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The Edge (1997)

Anthony Hopkins , Alec Baldwin , Lee Tamahori  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson, Harold Perrineau, Bart the Bear
  • Directors: Lee Tamahori
  • Writers: David Mamet
  • Producers: Art Linson, Lloyd Phillips
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000006IUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Edge" on IMDb

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A plane crash in the freezing Alaskan wilderness pits intellectual billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) against self-satisfied fashion photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin) in a brutal struggle for survival. Each soon discovers that the greatest danger resides not in nature, but from human fear, treachery, and quite possibly murder.

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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GRIPPING STORY OF SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST... September 7, 2003
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This is a wonderful film that will keep the viewer totally absorbed. Written by the tremendously talented David Mamet (The House of Games, Oleanna), it is beautifully directed by the noted director Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors, Along Came a Spider). The film is a complex, fully fleshed story covering many themes, fully realized by a stellar cast. It also provides the viewer with breathtaking cinematography, as well as a compelling score written by Academy Award winner Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen).
The film focuses an a mild mannered, self-effacing, slightly paranoid billionaire, Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins). A brilliant and well-read man with a penchant for esoteric knowledge, Morse is married to Mickey (Elle MacPherson), a young and beautiful, successful model. On location with her in a remote area of Alaska, she is surrounded by her young, fun loving camera crew, while he is seemingly the odd man out. He is astute enough, however, to sense that there are romantic undercurrents between his wife and her photographer, Robert Green (Alec Baldwin).
When Morse accompanies Robert on what was to be a short excursion into the Alaskan wilderness, looking for a local hunter to pose in the photo shoot, disaster looms ahead, and the test for the survival of the fittest begins. It is here that the superior mind and knowledge of Morse is put to the test, as they find themselves pitted against nature. Morse rises to the occasion, emerging as a natural leader, while his younger, fitter rival, Robert, is often at a loss as to how to cope in their peculiar situation. It is also through the emerging and changing conditions that they face, that their respective characters emerge. It is in the wilderness that they are both unmasked and emerge as their true selves.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure! June 26, 2003
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The score, photography, direction, screenplay and the marvelous interaction between Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins all deserve high praise. It says much for the power of Baldwin and Hopkin's performances that the magnificent bear, Big Bart, did not steal every scene in which he appeared.
Billionaire intellectual, mildly paranoid Hopkins accompanies his trophy wife played by super model Elle MacPherson to a photo shoot in the Alaskan wilderness. The always faintly menacing Alec Baldwin is a trendy, sophisticated fashion photographer who has more than a passing interest in Ms. MacPherson. Hopkins reluctantly agrees to accompany Baldwin on a search for an elusive native trapper who Baldwin thinks will be an ideal photo subject. The plane goes down (in a jarringly effective scene). Three survive, but on their first night the weakest of their party is horrifyingly mauled and taken away by a giant Kodiak bear. Baldwin and Hopkins must make their way out of the wilderness with the terrifying knowledge that the bear is stalking them. Hopkins is a wonderfully effective survivor and Baldwin shows a toughness and perseverance that belies his sophisticated image. Will the bear triumph? Will they get out alive? Are Baldwin and Hopkins ultimately partners or deadly adversaries?
Thanks to David Mamet, the screenplay has depth and is probably full of deeper meanings that whizzed right by me. Lee Tamahori's fine direction lifted the film from a merely grand adventure saga to an absorbing study of two men and their inner beings. The script or the interactions never bored me. There is one fine scene setup that alone was worth the price of admission to me. Hopkins and Baldwin are peering over a fallen log desperately trying to ascertain the location of the bear. Only their upper faces are showing.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beauty That Can Devour! November 2, 2003
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The Edge is a very much underrated film that sadly did not get the proper recognition it deserves, for it is an above average multi-layered movie that works very well on many levels, all equally well written and directed.
New Zealander Lee Tamahori, with the excellent Once We Were Warriors to his name,and writer David Mamet manage to make a movie that offers much more than its genre might suggests, both on the drama and thriller levels.
First there is the breathtaking Alaskan wilderness, spaces so vast they are equally inviting and menacing.A Napoleon general, lamenting the disaster that befell the French army once said: 'The vasteness of Russia devours us'. In the Edge you will too get the impression that the beauty of this untamed nature can also devour: break the bodies and souls of our heroes, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, both offering their most underrated acting best.
Three men are lost in the middle of a wilderness after their plane crash.The hope for an early return/rescue is dashed by the misleading spaces and a huge and determined Kodiak bear.One man, played by Harry Perrineau gets to know first hand about this determination,leaving Hopkins and Baldwin, bewildered, and weary,to try and escape with their lives.
This is when the film really starts. It becomes a journey of incredible hardship that will strip both men of their 'social' selves and replace it with the need to survive that will take them to the 'Edge' of endurance on one hand, and the depths of their own souls on the other. The animosities, tension and grudges that laid hidden between the two men emerge as a powerful and consistent force that mark their relationship from then on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Movie at a Great Price...
Published 16 hours ago by JOHN STEIER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An outstanding movie.
Published 2 days ago by old man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome film!
Published 2 days ago by sonja falkenberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great actors
This was a copy of a copy.

Great movie, great actors, anyway.
Published 6 days ago by Tom Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Edge movie.
Very underrated movie. I am a big Sir Anthony Hopkins fan. I am not an Alec Baldwin fan. However, Alec is very understated in this movie and does a great job in the role. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Robert Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars the film is super forever. Expecting that inconvenience with the...
I had the surprise to run the BD, an I get the message, "This Blu Ray is not supported, in your BluRay Player . Please Change Your Player according to A region . Read more
Published 8 days ago by Onaca Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat action.
One of my many favorites. An edge of your seat movie. Anthony Hopkins is mesmerizing! Man vs man, bear vs all.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my All-Time Favorites!!
An all-time favorite of mine! love the Alaska setting, suspense, actors Alec Baldwin & Anthony Hopkins...have watched over & over!
Published 10 days ago by charlotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is gripping action movie with good character development. I really enjoyed it.
Published 10 days ago by Dave41
5.0 out of 5 stars the edge
the edge was a great film love the bear and the excitement between the actors
Published 12 days ago by stoneyloc
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