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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: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: June 4 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0006HBZXS
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The Edge (Widescreen Edition)


Writer David Mamet created two engrossing and memorable characters, played by Alec Baldwin as the urbane fashion photographer and Anthony Hopkins as a reserved and intellectual billionaire. They find themselves teamed up against a giant Kodiak bear, and their own inner demons, when lost together in the Alaskan wilderness. There is a lot going on in this picture, as the subject matter includes male rivalry, the isolationism of extreme wealth, and, most conspicuously, the survival of the fittest. Mamet's script, which sounds a little too arch in spots, is well served by New Zealand director Lee Tamahori, who knows how to capture beauty and brutality in one frame. Although the themes are enormous in scope, they are well balanced. One rarely overpowers the other, nor does the achingly beautiful scenery overshadow the acting. Even if you do not like the intellectualism of the dialogue, there are some great scenes with the bear. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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A man who possess many bilions dollars and a privats plane has not friend every people see his fortune an nothing other as this hunter qui speak to him, after a few minutes, he can discern than he is same at the other, but he possess a trump in his play, he has an instinct to be able to the survival at any problem witch can arrives without attain his force morale he will be bound to rescue his life, and the lifes of his real enemy
after a crash witch bring about the death of the pilot of the plane, and also later a young man who will be devoured by a GRIZZLY who can smell the blod at many miles around a wound the three men, thus, when they will be only two, the reals sentiments will appear time after time INCREASINGLY ! But who will be SURVIVOR at this reculiar fight for the life AGAINST the death ?
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I find this movie a bit of a departure, in a sense, from the roles that one might normally associate with Anthony Hopkins. I was not quite sure what to expect as Hopkins and Baldwin fighting for survival amidst the Alaskan frontier, fighting for survival even though there is nothing that connects them, nothing they have in common, except for the desire for Hopkins' wife, who is awaiting word on their whereabouts, back at a small airport. If it wasnt enough that a grizzly who has tasted human blood, is now thirsty for theirs and tracking their every movement, Hopkins also has to contend with the notion that Baldwin is also trying to kill him before they return home. Yet, Baldwin knows his only chance for survival is to keep the intelligent and cunning Hopkins alive. Both actors are strong in their respective roles. It is a movie filled with non-stop action, suspense and at times humour. Excellent scenes of Alaska and the great outdoors, keeps the movie running at at quick pace. Rivers, snow, mountains, log cabins all fit neatly into this movie of 'survival of the fittest"
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A juggernaught of a film, THE EDGE delivers and then some. Extreemly well written, expertly lensed, wonderfully acted, mature, exciting, edge of your seat entertainment that moves like a hungry mankilling bear after a portly english thesbian. Fast. A great adventure tale that's grounded in reality, making it THE ultimate survival flick. THE EDGE also bennefits from a strong plot as well, a story thick with character development (another in the long string of superb HOPKINS performances) and edge of your seat cliffhangers. Oh, and a giant bear whose desire for dining on human flesh is insatiable. Great DVD viewing, there is a lack of extras on the disc but with a film this good all you need is the feature.
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By A Customer on July 24 2002
Format: VHS Tape
As character portraits go, this movie is a tour de force. The plot may be predictable, but the character drawn by Anthony Hopkins is masterful. A likeable, if self-effacing, intellectual in the beginning of the movie, Hopkins finds himself and learns that his true riches reside within himself. We see his bravado grow into genuine confidence as he comes to recognize that his resourcefulness really is unique. Shedding unnecessary layers of his life along the way, Hopkins walks out of the wilderness of Alaska and the wilderness of his self. He emerges as a transformed version of himself, having added wisdom to knowledge and courage to assurance while retaining the basic decency that characterized him from the beginning.
Alex Baldwin's portrait of Robert, the photographer, is equally competent. It is not possible to admire his character, but one must applaud his portrayal.
The supporting roles are at least adequate, and in some cases, more than adequate, but the real standouts are Hopkins, Baldwin, and the wonderful wilderness scenery.
This review would not be complete without naming a favorite scene in the film: near the end, Hopkins disembarks from the rescue helicopter and receives recognition and acknowledgement from two backwoodmen in the form of a subtle nod. Very nice!
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