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The Ledge (2011)

  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 6,341 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 May 2011 (Belarus)
  • Runtime: USA:101 min
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The Ledge (2011)


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  • IMDb page: The Ledge (2011)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 6,341 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 May 2011 (Belarus)
  • Runtime: USA:101 min
  • Filming Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $5,176(USA)(10 July 2011)
  • Director: Matthew Chapman
  • Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard and Patrick Wilson
  • Original Music By: Nathan Barr   
  • Plot Keyword: Ledge | Atheist | Christian | Prayer | Adultery

Writing Credits By:

  • Matthew Chapman (written by)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A police officer looks to talk down a young man lured by his lover's husband to the ledge of a high rise, where he has one hour to contemplate a fateful decision. Full summary » |  »

    Story: A thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills. Ultimately, as a test of faith, or lack of it, the believer forces the non-believer onto the ledge of a tall building. He then has one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else's. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be capable of such a sacrifice?Written by Foresight  


    Synopsis: Young hotel manager Gavin (Hunnam) steps out onto a high ledge to commit suicide. World-weary police officer Hollis (Howard) is assigned to talk him down but is tormented by traumatic issues of his own. The men find themselves debating atheism, faith and the meaning of life, and soon are embroiled in a battle of wills that has each man questioning his commitment to his chosen path.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Faisal S. Al-Saud known as executive producer (as Prince Faisal S. Al-Saud)
    • Christian Arnold-Beutel known as executive producer
    • Taylor Clyne known as co-executive producer
    • Mark Damon known as producer
    • Moshe Diamant known as producer
    • Ortwin Freyermuth known as executive producer
    • Terrence Howard known as co-executive producer
    • Katherine MacLean known as assistant producer
    • Michael Mailer known as producer
    • Katherine Owens known as co-producer
    • James Portolese known as associate producer
    • Bobby Ranghelov known as executive producer
    • Steven Saxton known as executive producer
    • Marcus Schöfer known as executive producer
    • Tilo Seiffert known as executive producer
    • Matt Sinnreich known as associate producer
    • Katerina Slantcheva known as associate producer
    • Tamara Stuparich de la Barra known as executive producer
    • Nick Thurlow known as executive producer
    • Olga Tymshan known as associate producer
    • Franklin A. Vallette known as line producer
    • Matthias Visser known as co-producer
    • Gregory M. Walker known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Charlie Hunnam known as Gavin Nichols
    • Terrence Howard known as Det. Hollis Lucetti
    • Liv Tyler known as Shana Harris
    • Patrick Wilson known as Joe Harris
    • Jaqueline Fleming known as Angela Lucetti
    • Christopher Gorham known as Chris (as Chris Gorham)
    • Maxine Greco known as Consuela
    • Geraldine Singer known as Doctor
    • Dean J. West known as Frank (as Dean West)
    • Jillian Batherson known as Harper
    • Tyler Humphrey known as Jimmy
    • Mike Pniewski known as Lt. Markowitz
    • Katia Gomez known as Selena
    • Monica Acosta known as Housekeeper (uncredited)
    • Maverick Boudreaux known as Cameraman (uncredited)
    • Ashley Braud known as News Anchor Patricia Wilson (uncredited)
    • Sean Paul Braud known as Cop (uncredited)
    • Mindy Caraccioli known as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
    • Thomas C. Daniel known as Cop (uncredited)
    • Amber L DeVos known as Woman Walking in Street (uncredited)
    • Amber Gaiennie known as News Anchor (uncredited)
    • Jason Johnson known as Police Officer (uncredited)
    • Don Lincoln known as Man on Street (uncredited)
    • Melody Noel known as Girl with Dog (uncredited)
    • Alyssa Tate known as Young Girl (uncredited)
    • Nathan Alan Thomas known as Cameraman (uncredited)
    • Cindy Williamson known as Downtown Bystander (uncredited)
    • John T. Wilson Jr. known as Police Officer (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Kimberly Amacker known as makeup department head
    • Danielle Barkat known as key makeup artist
    • Marcos Gonzales known as department head hair

    Art Department:

    • Brandon Briscoe known as scenic
    • Jonathan Cappel known as set dresser
    • Matthew Gatlin known as property master
    • Sam Jacobs known as on-set dresser
    • Jodie Jones known as carpenter
    • Michael F. LeBlanc Jr. known as set dresser
    • Dallas Montgomery known as construction coordinator
    • Scotty Morris known as leadman
    • Jason Oertling known as lead scenic
    • Danielle Poret known as art department coordinator
    • Perry James Trentacosta known as carpenter
    • Greg White known as carpenter




    Production Companies:

    • Foresight Unlimited (presents)
    • Michael Mailer Films (as Michael Mailer)
    • Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds 4 GmbH & Co. KG (I) (as VIP Medienfonds 4)
    • Rising Star (in association with)
    • Ledge Productions
    • VIP Media Group

    Other Companies:

    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
    • Cutting Edge Group  music services
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
    • Louisiana Entertainment  state film office
    • Louisiana Media Productions  camera equipment provided by
    • Modern VideoFilm  post-production services
    • OneZero Productions  post-production
    • Post Matters  post-production facilities
    • Silver Screen Supply  expendables
    • Silver Screen Supply  production supplies
    • Unicredit, HVB Media Group  film banking [de]


    • IFC Films (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Independent Films (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • OMC (2011) (Taiwan) (all media)
    • Universum (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Warner Home Video (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Chevy Chen known as visual effects coordinator
    • Chris Faczek known as visual effects artist
    • Nick Guth known as digital compositor
    • Matt McElroy known as visual effects artist

    Release Date:

    • USA 21 January 2011 (Sundance Film Festival) (premiere)
    • USA 25 May 2011 (Video On Demand)
    • Belarus 26 May 2011
    • Kazakhstan 26 May 2011
    • Russia 26 May 2011
    • Italy 10 June 2011
    • Netherlands 16 June 2011
    • USA 8 July 2011 (limited)
    • Brazil 14 October 2011 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
    • Sweden 2 November 2011 (DVD premiere)
    • Japan 18 February 2012 (Tokyo)
    • Brazil 25 May 2012

    MPAA: Rated R for sexuality, language and some violent content



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. jonmon from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      It's not hard to put together a monster film. You throw one insane guytogether with a hero, and add a car chase. The Ledge is nothing likethis, and that's why it's so impressive.

      The main struggle is between a Christian with extreme beliefs, and anAtheist who just wants out. Uniquely, it's the only film I can think ofthat has an openly atheist hero and an A-list cast. And ironically, thefew people who have complained about this show exactly what the film istrying to portray: that some people are so intolerant of atheism thateven one movie among the thousands in history is too much for them.

      To me, the star of this film is Patrick Wilson, who plays thefundamentalist. Instead of becoming a monster, his portrayal linkscompletely normal passions like love and protection and revenge that wecan all identify with, but then takes it to the natural conclusion,egged on by his convictions that anything he decides to do must beblessed.

      Thus the central thesis of the film — that belief can go too far — isplayed out on a small stage. This is a drama of just 6 people, but theintricate explosions between them pull at the heartstrings far moreeffectively than a car chase in an action film would. We hear so muchabout the dangers of religion in big stories like 9-11, gay rights, andabortion rights. Here is a film about the dangerous of religion in theeveryday, the dramas so commonplace that everyone who watches can findsomething in their own lives to compare it with.

      Sure, I've never walked out onto The Ledge. But something about themasterful writing and acting in this film creates an authenticity thatis undeniable.

      Go ahead. Rant against atheism. Show us how intolerant you are. Violentwords and deeds are the response of someone backed into a corner,desperate not to lose it all, just like "Joe" is in this film.

    2. julesette from New York, NY
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      I've just seen this film tonight at the Sundance Film Festival. It wasthe first film on my Sundance list because I had a chance to meet ChrisGorham at another screening a few months ago, and he's been talkingabout it.

      I was concerned, however, as I started seeing very mixed reviews. As Iwalked in I was prepared to be bored, preached at, and left with a verypredictable life-affirming message. Boy, was I ever wrong.

      Let's start with the talent. Gavin, Charlie Hunnam looking like a crossbetween a young Ryan O'Neal and the late Heath Ledger (complete withfake American accent), eats up most of the screen time, and he'sneither hero (a man who falls in love) nor villain (a man who destroysa marriage). That's a sign of a complex character, because real life isseldom black or white. You like him enough, though, not to want him todie. Terrence Howard is predictably good though his character is alittle flat compared to the others, Liv Tyler — who I've never been afan of before — turned in a fantastic multi-dimensional performance.Christopher Gorham, as Gavin's roommate, makes a fine showing as well,despite there being very little of it. (Any more of Chris's story wouldhave seemed a forced, unnecessary subplot.) The standout performance, Ithought, came from Patrick Wilson as Tyler's Christian fundamentalisthusband. For the first half hour I was distracted by the fact that he'sa Will Arnett doppelganger, but by the end of the movie he's becomefrighteningly snakelike.

      You expect the Christian extremist to be the bad guy, the evil one. Butthat's not what happens. Of course he's the bad guy, and yes, he's gotviews that many people won't agree with, but, through the good writingand his performance, I admired his passion, and even though I didn'tagree with his rigid views, I felt his incredible pain as he discovershis wife's infidelity. Some of the folks I was with considered hischaracter over the top, and it is definitely extreme complete withprofuse sweating, but you don't really know what direction he's goingto turn next, and that's an interesting villain. By the end of themovie my sympathy for him was gone, but I like the fact that he hadenough layers that I could feel his pain and hate him at the same time.

      The movie certainly made me think, there's a lot of religious andphilosophical discussion, but more impact was made by all the pureemotion going on. In case you might think it too cerebral, there wasplenty of tension along the way. Like every other scene in the movie,as Gavin stands on the ledge you have no idea which way it might go. Inthe end, Gavin makes a choice, one life over another, that he facedyears before, and this time he makes the "right" choice, at least inhis heart. It is not a story about an atheist versus a Christian,anymore than it is really a story about a guy standing on a ledge. Andlet's not leave out some of the lovely scenes between Tyler & Hunnam astheir relationship grows. The film, told mostly in flashback, is quitethe emotional roller coaster until it rolls clean off the tracks.

      I'm looking forward to seeing it play on IFC so I can appreciate thenuances a little more without being too concerned about the outcome.Matthew Chapman definitely has a lot to say (as he did at the post-filmQ&A), and I'm eager to see his next move.

    3. papasmrf667 from Manhattan, KS
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      First off I am an atheist, so I was anxiously awaiting this. I haveactually been experiencing old friends and family coming to me askingwhat happened to make me lose my faith. Nothing I say over and overthen launch in to explaining everything again. This movie wasphenomenal and now I can say "hey you know what, go watch the ledge"

      I thought all the characters seemed believable, both in their lines andbeliefs. The storytelling bounces around a bit which I love, it allowsyou to make assumptions and try to figure everything out before itsrevealed.

      I thoroughly enjoyed watching The Ledge, and I plan on buying it on DVDso I can lend it to people. I can only hope that this does alright andmore atheist protagonists are created.

    4. ( from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      I saw a preview of The Ledge two months ago and instantly thought it isthe beginning of a whole new genre of film that gets away from thecliché world of most films. It explores nuances of life, ethics, loveand religion that are not easily classified. While it is a thriller, itis also much more. If you are not thinking about this movie for days orweeks after, you probably weren't watching. I challenge you to putyourself into each of the characters and recognize how powerful worldviews can influence decisions and behavior. Of all the characters, Ithought the policeman and his life dilemma was most compelling. Itseems to tie the whole movie together. I think the final scene of themovie was a little weak and may have actually detracted from theoverall effect. I would have done the ending a little different but itis a small quibble over a great viewing experience but that is why itgets a 9 instead of a full 10. The fact that I am writing this reviewtwo months after seeing the preview is testament to the impact it canhave.

    5. Nocturnous from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      I think the harsh criticisms of the film are outright ridiculous—alongwith the excessive accolades. From a basic film critique: The Ledgedefinitely delivers on maintaining tension/suspense. I think thesubtleties here (e.g., Liv Tyler's anti-make-up "make-up") will causepeople to feel uncomfortable, but without knowing that it's allintentional.

      There is a massive delusion among Christians that fundamentalism andreligiously inspired bigotry only manifest in a small percentage ofextremists. This just isn't true. If it was, I'd feel dramaticallysafer and more comfortable in public discussing atheism with astranger!

      The atmosphere is very realistic, and the uncomfortable (at times)dialog is accurate to the reality of proselytism in the guise ofphilosophical discussion. The movie even captures how many atheistsfeel when observing prayer, and this is very rare to see in the spotlight.

      I really wasn't convinced by any of the characters' back-stories. Theyseemed unnecessarily extreme in a movie that is driven by itssubtleties. They really contrasted with the rest of the writing, andbroke the illusion of realism. I also didn't find the acting convincingon this level. In particular: Given Shauna's history, she seemed to beunrealistically open and trusting towards Gavin—their interactions felta bit contrived and very rushed.

      Unfortunately the film doesn't explore its topics at much depth, whilepresenting more rudimentary/common arguments. However, this only addedrealism to the dialog for me. I feel it has more intellectually tooffer symbolically than literally.

      The Ledge displays a psychological perspective of an atheist throughits atmosphere, and that alone makes it unique and worth seeing.

    6. Kevin Dugan from Cincinnati, Ohio
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      I just saw this movie tonight and really enjoyed it. The plot isgripping, full of pathos, and well executed. I thought the acting wasexcellent and the dialogue thought provoking. Charlie Hunnam and LivTyler delivered outstanding performances. I felt like I've met allthese people in other guise in my life, and they were all very human.

      Unlike most modern cinema, rather than skirting the big issues ofphilosophy and meaning this movie tackles the hard questions head on.It was very refreshing to see how these ideas interacted with thecharacters and their motivations. I really don't want to give it away.Go see it, make your own decision.

    7. paq5528 from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      I have rarely seen such an understated, effective movie before. Partsof the movie can be seen as completely predictable, but wait forit…think about it. I walked out of this movie thinking I could takeit at face value and yet it nags me, makes me think. It demandsattention, and discussion.

      I have a tear in my mind, I'm slightly outraged; no predictable filmshould have such an effect on me. And yet…

      Viewers of the film may nitpick the details, but they must stop at thefringes to be concerned with the superficial-alities. The meat of thefilm lies in debate and action – what the characters do, not blowingthings up kind of action. Are you willing to put action to your mostdevout beliefs?

      Fine acting, a fine plot; I wholeheartedly recommend this film.

    8. dangeroustalk
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      It has been called the Brokeback Mountain for atheists, but the newMatthew Chapman film, The Ledge is not a film about atheism at all. Itis a suspenseful story about life and death, love and loss.

      Over all, I think The Ledge is a very entertaining mainstream moviewith some great theological discussions mixed in. You don't have to bean atheist to enjoy this film any more than you have to be a Catholicto enjoy the movie, The Exorcist. But if you are an atheist, you mightenjoy some of the discussions between Gavin and Joe a little more thanmost.

      I loved the complexity of the characters and how I was able to identifywith each one at one point or another in the film. I could evensympathize with Joe, who is at first not a likable character throughoutmuch of the film. I loved the suspense and the great conversationsbetween all the characters.

    9. Tony Ryan (tpr007) from United Kingdom
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      Recently, I posted a piece about Matthew Chapman, the great-grandson ofCharles Darwin, who has recently made a film with more than a hint ofAtheism at its core; The Ledge (

      I finally managed to watch this, and must say that even if I wasn't anatheist I would definitely have enjoyed it. It's a tightly pacedthriller, with excellent performances from all involved, especiallyPatrick Wilson and Charlie Hunnam. A small cast, and a low budget donot a cheap film make, and with these restrictions Chapman has done anexcellent job of making a movie with a message that is neither preachynor boring.

      I won't spoil the film by discussing the plot, but from the synopsisand trailer it's pretty obvious what the film is about. What makes itentertaining, rather than just the story, is the interaction betweenthe characters and the way in which you are engaged with them as anoutsider looking in.

      If you're based in the UK, this film is hard to come by, but theseinstructions from the producer can help get the film seen by a widerinternational audience:

      "the film is available internationally now, but BY REQUEST, so here'show to get theatres to request it! I just put up some instructions at , and thank you for any help youcan give!

    10. merrieamanda from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 3:03 pm

      I wasn't sure how to rate this movie. Though some of the acting waspretty bad, I think the story was really good which is probably why thewriter is up for an award nomination. Patrick Wilson and TerranceHoward gave great performances. Unfortunately, it was the two mainactors that were lacking. The chemistry was good though, and that doesmake a difference. I think that the movie is definitely worth watchingas long as you're not someone that requires your typical upbeat movie.It feels true to life. It was thought provoking and emotionally tragic.I liked how the story was woven together. Part of it was a bitpredictable, but I don't think that mattered. You knew that it wasbuilding up to something significant. So, my rating of a 6 was becauseI was a bit disappointed with some of the acting. If I were rating itsimply by the storyline, I would have given it at least an 8.

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