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MAN ON A LEDGE (2012)
 
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Release Date: January 27, 2012
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Asger Leth
Screenwriter: Pablo Fenjves, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber
Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick
Genre: Crime, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language
Official Website: ManOnaLedge.com

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: In the heart-pounding thriller “Man on a Ledge,” Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) makes a desperate and life-threatening move to prove his innocence after he is framed for the theft of a rare, prized diamond. Recently escaped from prison and with nowhere else to go, Nick climbs onto the ledge of a towering skyscraper, inviting the eyes of New York City to anxiously watch as one wrong step could mean plunging to his death. But as one police negotiator soon learns, Nick’s daredevil stunt, captivating the eyes of the public and media, masks a dangerous ploy to reveal the truth about his tarnished name.With the help of his brother and with time running out, Nick’s intricate plan must work perfectly, but when you’re on the 25th floor ledge of a building, going down takes on an entirely more hair-raising meaning. With unpredictable twists and electrifying turns, “Man on a Ledge” features an amazing ensemble cast including Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Edward Burns, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, and Ed Harris.
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When former NYPD officer-turned-prison escapee Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington, Avatar) enters the famed Roosevelt Hotel on 45th & Madison in New York City, heads to one of the highest floor and steps out onto the ledge, he threatens more than just his own well-being. A whole city is about to seize up, including some very nervous people with some very big secrets



(iPad/iPhone here) Ex-cop Cassidy 's heart-stopping decision to stand on the ledge of a high-rise building creates not only a media firestorm, but a delicate situation for hard-living New York Police Department negotiator Lydia Spencer (Elizabeth Banks, The Next Three Days), who tries to talk him down while dealing with a departmental rival (Edward Burns, Nice Guy Johnny & 27 Dresses) who believes she has a conflict of interest. But the longer Lydia spends trying to get to the root of Cassidy's predicament, the more she realizes he could have an ulterior objective.





Director Asger Leth, whose background is in documentaries, was brought on to steer Man on a Ledge as his first feature film. It's a decision the producers were especially excited about because the qualities he'd used to tell real-life stories were what they were after.



Banks describes Lydia this way: "She can't get her own life together let alone save someone else's life. So, I think the great thing about this film is that it's a double redemption story. Our lead guy played by Sam Worthington, Nick Cassidy, really needs to redeem himself in this movie. And the great thing is he gives Lydia an opportunity to redeem herself as well."



For newcomer Genesis Rodriguez, who plays the girlfriend to Jamie Bell's character, the excitement came from playing someone ready to be a part of something dangerous and deceptive. "I think she's very quick. She's smart, and absolute fun to play. She just doesn't stop. She's always full of energy. Along with Joey, she helps keep the movie running."



Anthony Mackie was attracted to the role of Mike, but found he was really impressed with director Asger Leth. Ed Harris is the antagonist.





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"You hope to give the audience a great movie," says Sam Worthington. "That's how I simply look at movies, is that people pay to go and see them, and they want to be transported into whatever time frame or environment, and feel that they're there and feel that what's at stake is compelling enough to sit in that seat and stay tuned."




(iPad/iPhone here) Most of Edward Burns's scenes are with Banks's character Lydia, whom detective Dougherty isn't entirely convinced is up for the challenge of the situation. "He doesn't like the fact that, you know, he's been replaced by her," says Burns. "It's supposed to be his gig and he gets taken off the job and it gets given to her. For the first half he's sort of giving her a hard time, not being very helpful, and then he comes to realize that he should help her."


Executive Producer David Ready: "it really had a romantic quality to it. A redemption story of a guy who's putting it all on the line in one day to get his life back. And so it just sort of hit all the buttons, for me and for the group."



(iPad/iPhone here) The story examines the meaning of family and friendship.


New York City becomes just as important as a character as it does a location with which to set the film.


All women are portrayed as strong and determined. Banks's character Lydia evolves to prominence.



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