The Edge
The Edge (1997)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 26, 1997
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Edge is an entertaining hybrid of brainy Mamet dialogue with brawny outdoors action -- albeit one that sadly lacks as much bite as its furry antagonist.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

...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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

...The Edge is not only half-baked, warmed-over Hemingway.

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Jason Bailey

It's not hard to read Charles' journey in 'The Edge' as analogous to its author's: the library-dwelling intellectual using his wits to brave rougher elements.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's subtly funny in the way it toys with the cliches of the genre.

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Gary Kamiya

...a solid man-against-nature tale...

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
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… More
Ken Stachnik
Solid little film from the pen of David Mamet. Hopkins and Baldwin play off each other well.
Melvin White
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… More
Lenny Muggsy
The only reason I remembered this movie was because "it's that one where the black guy gets eaten by a bear." One black guy in the entire film,… More
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Alice Shen
I actually rather like this Mamet-scribed film, probably because he didn't direct it. There's very little of his stilted repetition, and by virtue of… More