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The Edge

The Edge (1997)

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64

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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Movie Info

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

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Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

May 25, 1999

Fox

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (19) | DVD (11)

...The Edge's fusion of Mametspeak with a true life adventure remains brawny entertainment, even it it is difficult to take as seriously as the filmmakers intend.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It's subtly funny in the way it toys with the cliches of the genre.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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I laughed frequently, but the problem is that I'm not sure the director intended there to be as much humor in his film as I uncovered.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (2)
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Anthony Hopkins' first action movie casts him as a gentle, brainy tycoon stuck in the Alaskan wilderness with only voracious bears and, just as threatening, Alec Baldwin for company.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The Edge succeeds ably in blending his famously acerbic dialogue with nerve-racking adventure scenes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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But it's too predictable by half, and Mamet's profundities have more volume than mass.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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Mamet has always been concerned with primal masculinity...The test of these men is twofold: can they survive the wilderness, and can they survive each other? [Blu-ray]

May 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A pretty routine B-type action movie with some nice touches.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A riveting story of survival, and the most rousing and gripping outdoor adventure since the original Jaws. One of 1997's very best films.

January 25, 2006 | Comment (1)
Fantastica Daily

...not a terrifically memorable piece of filmmaking.

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Bart the bear steals the show!

January 1, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Unsuccessfully mixes melodrama with action/adventure and satire.

January 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mamets and Baldwins and bears. Oh my!

July 27, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

A few scattered profanities, a couple of gory accidents and a subplot about suspected adultery are all that separates this story from the grade-school classic "My Side of the Mountain."

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film | Comment (1)
James Sanford on Film

The Edge, more of a drama than the action/thriller it's being billed as, exhibits a restrained literateness that's quite effective.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A wilderness struggle that will take you to some deep emotional places.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

succeeds at being simultaneously cerebral and primal

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Mamet's somewhat original script almost succeeds in breathing new life into the genre ... before making a fatal miscalculation in plotting toward the end.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Not a great movie by any stretch, but hugely entertaining nonetheless.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

It takes more than a few lines of clever dialogue, a hero who reads books, and an actor with British training and lots of dignity to keep a movie from going pretty much by the book.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Bart the Bear delivers the film's most memorable performance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

...even less intelligent than your average action flick.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

A mediocre tale of wilderness survival.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Edge

The Edge sees three men stranded in the wilderness. Used to the city life they might not last long, but luckily Hopkins has an eidetic memory and remembers quite a few survival techniques. Unfortunately there's also a big scary bear out to tear them apart. This is much more than a killer bear movie. What we have are wonderful characters, such as Hopkins as a charming billionaire with a young trophy wife and the ability to stay calm. He is also extremely paranoid over his younger wife and her relations with other men, such as photographer Baldwin. The conflict rises between the two and their mental battles and the way they also give each other hope, are just as thrilling as when our hairy friend comes to rip people apart. The film is also excellent to watch in this CGI filled world, as you see seemless footage between bear, animatronics, stuntmen, etc. The film sees very real, and would rather get you invested in what is going on, rather than give you cheap and easy chills and thrills. Hopkins and Baldwin are rarely better, and the climax opts for something other than bear battling. Overall a wonderful film with breathtaking views and wonderful dialogue courtesy of David Mamet.
January 7, 2013
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

Charles Morse: I once read an interesting bit. Most people who die in the woods die of shame. 

"What if your greatest enemy was your only chance for survival?"

The Edge is a decent and really good looking survival thriller. The landscape is beautiful, but what keeps this film from completely failing are its two stars, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin. Their performances aren't Oscar caliber stuff, but the film doesn't really call for that. Their jobs were to keep it entertaining and they were able to do that. It's just too bad that the overall film wasn't all that great. It was poorly paced and seemed a little uneven. For a survival thriller, though, it did what it needed to; it entertained. 

A billionaire goes to Alaska with his beautiful, much younger wife and her photographer for a photo shoot. While staying a lodge, he, the photographer, and the photographers assistant go on a plan trip to find an Indian from a photo. The plane crashes and the three are left by themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. To make matters worse, there is a huge, man-eating bear stalking them. So, yeah, the plot is kind of stupid. There's a lot of scenes that are unintentionally hilarious. The film hits every cliche in the survival story book along the way, which actually adds to the enjoyment on some level.

There's nothing great going on here. It's an average thriller with a great actor. That's enough in this case though, because I wasn't expecting a masterpiece. I actually enjoyed the film for the most part. It was a fun ride through the Alaskan wilderness. There really isn't a whole lot more to say on the film. You might enjoy it, you might not. It's really based on how well you can take a dumb story, because it isn't as suspenseful as you would think and it isn't as thrilling. Still an overall fun movie.
June 22, 2012
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Mamet penned adventure tale of survival as city boys get lost in the great outdoors ... and are hunted by a man-eating bear. Good performances throughout and a funny script keep things at a brisk pace. And did I mention the bear?
October 1, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Solid little film from the pen of David Mamet. Hopkins and Baldwin play off each other well.
December 1, 2010
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

    1. Charles Morse: Today, I'm going to kill that motherfucker.
    – Submitted by Danny S (20 months ago)
    1. the bear: Roooaaar!
    – Submitted by Michael M (21 months ago)
    1. Charles Morse: What a man can do.. another can do.
    – Submitted by Amer Q (23 months ago)
    1. Charles Morse: Never feel sorry for a man who owns a plane.
    – Submitted by Justin L (2 years ago)
    1. the bear: *roar*
    – Submitted by Nicholas L (2 years ago)
    1. Charles Morse: So what do you value me for, Bob?
    2. Robert Green: I like your style, your wife's pretty cute too.
    3. Charles Morse: So how are you planning to kill me?
    – Submitted by Nicholas L (2 years ago)
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