The Edge an action film about two men trying to survive in the Canadian wilderness written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, opens Sept. 26 in the U.S.
The film stars Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, both of whom have made major Broadway appearances, Hopkins in Equus and Baldwin in A Streetcar Named Desire. Baldwin is scheduled to star in Macbeth at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York this season.
Hopkins plays a billionaire; Baldwin plays a fashion photographer who covets Hopkins’ lifestyle and pretty wife. The two men are thrown together when their plane crashes in the wilderness and they’re stalked by a ferocious bear. The film was directed by Lee Tamahori.
Mamet, who won the Pulitzer for Glengarry Glen Ross is the author of more than two dozen plays including American Buffalo, Speed the-Plow, Oleanna and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. His films include The Untouchables.
Mamet specializes in taut, spare dialog, usually very specific to an industry or social class. His plays also often show tough male characters under duress. The Edge shows him continuing to explore both areas. -- By Robert Viagas