Man on a Ledge

January 27th 2012
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • PG-13,
  • 102 min,
  • Summit Entertainment
  • Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie, Kyra Sedgwick, Genesis Rodriguez, Liz Holtan, Afton Williamson, Pooja Kumar, Geoffrey Cantor, Brett G. Smith, William Sadler, Jonah Falcon, Joe Urban, Alex Ziwak, Jeff Grossman, J. Bernard Calloway, Naeem Uzimann
  • Director: Asger Leth
  • Writer: Pablo F. Fenjves
  • Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian
  • Executive Producers: Jake Myers, David Ready
  • Art Direction: David Swayze
  • Castings: Deborah Aquila, Ross Meyerson, Tricia Wood
  • Costume Design: Susan Lyall
  • D.O.P.: Paul Cameron
  • Editor: Kevin Stitt
  • Makeup: Todd Kleitsch
  • Music: Henry Jackman
  • Production Design: Alec Hammond
  • Set Decoration: Chryss Hionis


An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatches a female police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren't as straightforward and clearcut as they appear to be.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Violence and brief strong language
  • Production Budget: $40 million
  • Production Companies: Di Bonaventura Pictures, Summit Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 30 October 2010 - January 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: Sam Worthington was hanging around New York City rooftops in late 2010. No he wasn't flashing anyone, instead the Aussie hunk was shooting this action thriller as a fugitive threatening to jump to his death. The suicide attempt however is a cover for a diamond heist nearby by which his brother is executing in an attempt to prove the man's innocence. Added to this is a psychologist (the odd casting of Elizabeth Banks) sent to treat the jumper who also has a past history with him.

It's a relatively straight forward premise, but this marks a rare narrative feature from rising documentary filmmaker Asger Leith ("Ghosts of Cité Soleil") who filmed as much of this as possible in a realistic style. These actors weren't hanging out on some two storey balcony in a car park somewhere with green screen for digital extensions - this was all shot about twenty stories up with inflated mats and safety harnesses.

The duo behind the awful "Whiteout", the commendable "Red" and the upcoming "Battleship" adaptation performed a polish on Pablo Fenjves' original script, a re-write which was what enticed most of the cast to climb onboard. The trailer released a few months back is decent enough in that small scale meets high concept thriller way (eg. "Phone Booth"), but seems oddly telemovie in visual style and doesn't look to be near the same level of the best efforts of the genre in recent years like Spike Lee's "Inside Man".

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 26 January 2012: Argentina, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Portugal
  • 27 January 2012: Estonia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Poland
  • 2 February 2012: Australia
  • 3 February 2012: Ireland, Italy, Spain, UK
  • 9 February 2012: Denmark, Hong Kong
  • 15 February 2012: Belgium, France
  • 1 March 2012: Netherlands, Singapore
  • 2 March 2012: Norway