Man on a Ledge

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Man on a Ledge
Man on a Ledge Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Asger Leth
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Mark Vahradian
Written by Pablo Fenjves
Starring Sam Worthington
Elizabeth Banks
Jamie Bell
Anthony Mackie
Génesis Rodríguez
Ed Harris
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Paul Cameron
Edited by Kevin Stitt
Production
  company
Di Bonaventura Pictures
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • January 27, 2012 (2012-01-27)
Running time 102 minutes
Country United States of America
Language English
Budget $42 million[1]
Box office $46,221,189[2]

Man on a Ledge is a 2012 American thriller action directed by Asger Leth, starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Génesis Rodríguez and Ed Harris. Filming took place in New York City.[3]

Plot[edit]

In New York City, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) checks in to the Roosevelt Hotel under the false name of Walker, goes to his hotel room on the 21st floor, and climbs on the ledge, apparently ready to commit suicide. The crowd below calls the police, with Dante Marcus (Titus Welliver) controlling the crowd, while Jack Dougherty (Edward Burns) tries to talk with Nick. However, Nick will only speak to negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks), who is on a leave of absence, after failing to save a suicidal policeman. Lydia arrives at the hotel room and manages to acquire Nick's fingerprints from a cigarette they share. Dougherty has them analyzed and discovers that Nick is an ex-policeman, arrested for stealing the $40 million Monarch diamond from businessman David Englander (Ed Harris). Nick was given a 25-year sentence but escaped from the Sing Sing Correctional Facility one month earlier, after being allowed to attend his father's funeral. Nick, however, maintains his innocence and accuses Englander of framing him for the theft of the diamond, as Englander lost his fortune and was too proud to sell the diamond.

Unknown to the police, Nick is merely distracting them while his brother, Joey (Jamie Bell), and Joey's girlfriend, Angie (Génesis Rodríguez), break into Englander's vault across the street, to steal the diamond and prove Nick's innocence. Meanwhile, Dougherty informs Marcus of Nick's identity, and Marcus orders the jewelry store's security to check the vault. Joey and Angie are able to evade them but don't find the diamond. They set off the alarms, tricking Englander into retrieving the diamond and ambush him, stealing the diamond at gunpoint. Meanwhile, Nick's ex-partner, Mike Ackerman (Anthony Mackie), arrives at the hotel with evidence that Nick is planning something and demands to be allowed into the hotel room. Lydia does not trust him, and Dougherty backs her up. Ackerman claims he has found bomb schematics in Nick's prison cell and is convinced that he will detonate an explosive somewhere. While the crowd is evacuated by the bomb squad, Lydia, believing in Nick's innocence, calls Internal Affairs and discovers that three of the cops employed by Englander were suspected of being corrupt: Ackerman, Marcus and a deceased officer called Walker.

Englander calls Marcus, one of the men who helped him frame Nick, and has him capture Joey and Angie, but they have already given the diamond to a hotel concierge. Marcus chases Nick to the roof, where he has Lydia arrested for obstruction. Englander brings Joey and Angie, threatening to throw Joey off the roof, if Nick does not give him the diamond. Nick turns it over, and Englander leaves. Meanwhile, Lydia escapes custody and rushes back to the roof. Marcus attempts to force Nick to jump off the roof, but Ackerman arrives and shoots Marcus, who wounds Ackerman. Nick rushes to Ackerman's side, and Ackerman apologizes for his part in the setup. Marcus survives, as he is wearing a bulletproof vest, and is preparing to kill Nick, when Lydia shoots him, but does not kill him. Nick jumps from the roof onto an airbag set up earlier by the police, catches up to Englander, and pulls the diamond he had only just recently given him. Englander is arrested, while Nick is pardoned by the governor. Later, he meets Joey, Angie, and Lydia at a bar, where he reveals the hotel concierge to be his father, who had faked his own death. Joey proposes to Angie with a diamond ring presumably stolen from Englander's vault, and they all celebrate together.

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

On September 3, 2010, it was confirmed that Jamie Bell had joined the cast.[5] Filming began on October 30 in New York City. On November 1, it was confirmed that Ed Harris and Titus Welliver had joined the cast.[6]

The first image from the set was revealed on November 2, 2010.[3] The first teaser poster for the film was released on November 5, 2010.[9] The first trailer was released by Summit Entertainment on September 22, 2011.[10] The film was distributed by Summit Entertainment and E1 Entertainment (UK).

Release[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie holds a 32% positive opinion (54% from the audience) based on 145 reviews.[11] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times states: "The movie cuts back and forth between two preposterous plot lines and uses the man on the ledge as a device to pump up the tension."

The film placed fifth in the box office top ten with a low $8,300,000 gross on its opening weekend. Overall, the film grossed $46,221,189 from its $42 million budget.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc[edit]

The DVD and Blu-ray Disc was released in the United States on May 29, 2012, with a rating of PG-13.[12]

Music[edit]

The soundtrack to Man on a Ledge was released on January 27, 2012.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "The Roosevelt Hotel"   Henry Jackman 3:00
2. "The Getaway"   Henry Jackman 4:52
3. "Little Miss Grim Reaper"   Henry Jackman 1:03
4. "Joey & Angie"   Henry Jackman 2:46
5. "Fly-By"   Henry Jackman 2:27
6. "Wire Tapping"   Henry Jackman 0:50
7. "The Diamond Thief"   Henry Jackman 2:21
8. "Make It Rain"   Henry Jackman 1:42
9. "Send in Tactical"   Henry Jackman 1:38
10. "Bird on a Wire"   Henry Jackman 2:17
11. "A Girl's Best Friend"   Henry Jackman 2:47
12. "The Monarch Diamond"   Henry Jackman 3:42
13. "Good Cop Bad Cop"   Henry Jackman 2:32
14. "Stand-Off on the Roof"   Henry Jackman 4:38
Total length:
36:35[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Movie Projector: 'Grey' leads 'Man on a Ledge,' 'One for the Money' - latimes.com". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Man on a Ledge
  3. ^ a b Roper, Dave (2010-11-02). "First Image of Sam Worthington as a MAN ON A LEDGE".
  4. ^ a b "Elizabeth Banks and Sam Worthington to Star in Man on a Ledge". BuzzSugar.com. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  5. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (2010-09-02). "Jamie Bell Joins Thriller 'Man On A Ledge'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  6. ^ a b "‘Man On A Ledge’ Adds Ed Harris And Titus Welliver". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
  7. ^ (2010-10-29). "Ed Harris joins Summit's 'Man on a Ledge'". AllVoices.com. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  8. ^ Chitwood, Adam (2010-11-05). "Kyra Sedgwick Joins Sam Worthington Thriller MAN ON A LEDGE". Collider.com. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  9. ^ Bettinger,Brendan (2010-11-05).
  10. ^ Good, Ben (2012-02-02). "Trailer Tuesday: Man on a Ledge". Clapperboardblog.com. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  11. ^ Man on a Ledge – Rotten Tomatoes
  12. ^ "Man on a Ledge - CompleteSeasonDVDs.com". Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Man on a Ledge Soundtrack TheOST. Retrieved January 6, 2014

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