The Edge 1997

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When millionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) joins his supermodel wife Mickey (Elle MacPherson) for a photo-shoot in Alaska, he does not expect to be plunged into a dangerous battle for survival. Charles accompanies fashion photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin) when he flies out to an uncharted lake, scouting for a suitable location.

Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Edge

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Lee Tamahori
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin
Supporting actors Elle Macpherson, Harold Perrineau, L.Q. Jones, Kathleen Wilhoite
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
It is a grand thing to watch two great actors at the peak of their powers going head to head, to the victor take the spoils. But fine a thespian as he is, Sir Anthony Hopkins would have to admit that just for once he was been put in the shade by a bravura performance from an actor who pulls off a truly towering performance. In fact Bart the bear towered at 9'6'' to be precise, and weighed in at 1,500lbs, which certainly gave him a colossal screen presence. Bart had been perfecting his art in "The Bear"(88) and "Legends of the Fall"(94), and was at the peak of his powers as the "man killer" in this film. Bart exudes menace by the bucketload, and boy did he know how to do angry! The slavering "man killer" makes Hannibal Lecter seem about as scary as Ronnie Corbett.

"The Edge" is a simple survival tale set in snowy wilderness of Alaska. Hopkins plays the billionaire with a photographic memory whose plane crashes in the middle of nowhere. A great big cold middle of nowhere, but home to some large furry creatures. Being a nerd with a good memory who has read a few survival books comes in very handy. Cometh the hour cometh the man! The film is actually very entertaining and does what it says on the box. Nothing too taxing for my poor old head, just that age old struggle to survive. Staying alive is no simple matter with a ravenous man eating bear tracking you down. Mucho resourcefulness is required. Admittedly the film does stretch credulity a tad, but it is certainly never boring. There is also an interesting twist to the story at the end, but aside from that it is 3 men against the wilderness and that bear. Simple yes, but also highly entertaining! Sadly Bart was snubbed at the Oscars. Like Dorothy's little terrier from "The Wizard of Oz", he was discriminated against on the grounds of being an animal! Bearly believable in this more enlightened age!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Huber on 2 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
This little gem has everything , I rarely watch movies twice but this i can see over and over again ( you get something more every time you watch it ) a perfect mix of adventure/plot and moral messages with twists from start to finish
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Rogers on 8 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
Anthony Hopkins is a pleasantly intelligent millionaire who after a disaster is put to the test in the wilds of Northern North America. Action from the start, the film thrills and terrifies. All the family loved it. But it's definitely too scary for under 10s.
The scenery is stunning. The emotional stress is played out intensely on the screen until you feel as if you yourself are also lost and injured in the middle of nowhere in mid-winter. It all mounts up to an epic story of endurance mixed with fear and exhileration.
Great movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Last time I watched this was almost certainly 13-14 years ago on 'DVD'
Remembering it to be a good film. when released on Blu-Ray' I decided
to buy.
The film tells the story of three survivors of a plane-crash, billionaire
'Charles Morse' (Anthony Hopkins) fashion photographer 'Robert Green'
and the latters assistant 'Stephen' (Harold Perrineau)
They find themselves in one of the most inhospitable wildernesses on the
planet, they face many dangers, thick woodland, unpredictable weather.
a hungry 'grizzly' and a lack of food, with only 'Charles's' ingenuity giving
them any chance of survival.
'Charles' believes 'Robert' will attempt to kill him before they possibly reach
safety, he has reason to believe his attractive wife 'Mickey' and the photographer
are having an affair......and that 'Robert' has designs on both his wife and his
billions.
The struggle for survival becomes desperate, the grizzly has got a taste for
human flesh, 'Stephen' has already become a victim.
The odds are against the remaining survivors in this often exciting and tense
affair, 'Hopkins' is outstanding !
It's a good upgrade to the HD format, picture and sound quality superb.
There is little in the way of extras on board....just trailers.
(This is region A)
Well worth a viewing.
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