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On the Edge (2001)

On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.

Director:

John Carney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Carney Martin Carney ... Priest
Paul Hickey ... Mikey
Camille O'Sullivan Camille O'Sullivan ... Mikey's Wife
Cillian Murphy ... Jonathan Breech
Vincent Walsh ... Bouncer
Vinny Murphy Vinny Murphy ... Bouncer
Mary Murray ... Maria
Gavin Coleman Gavin Coleman ... Maria's Boyfriend
Patrick Murray Patrick Murray ... Joyrider
Stephen Rea ... Dr. Figure
Aidan Kelly ... Patient in Recreation Room
John Burke ... Patient in Recreation Room
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... Cat Woman
Des Smith Des Smith ... Patient with Cup
Judy Cameron Judy Cameron ... Woman Playing Piano
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Storyline

After the death of his alcoholic father, Jonathan Breech steals his father's ashes from his brother's house. He drives a stolen car off a cliff in order to commit suicide but he survives. After this, he accepts an alternative sentence of three months in therapy in a psychiatric hospital. There, he joins a suicide group under the supervision of Dr. Figure. He befriends a disturbed Rachel Row (who saw her mother dying in an accident) and Toby (who accidentally killed his brother in a car crash). During the treatment, the sarcastic Jonathan changes his behavior and sees the importance of being alive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A joyride through sex, love, and other activities

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some disturbing images and sexual content, and for some drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

21 September 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch the Sun See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS (as Digital dts Sound)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Quotes

[after Toby has killed himself]
Jonathan: You can never really know what was going through a person's mind at that exact moment. If they survive, they'll never tell you. If they succeed, all you can do is spend the rest of your life feeling guilty. You're only concern can be for the people they leave behind. They're the ones to look out for.
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References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Alright
Written by Daniel Goffey, Gaz Coombes and Michael Quinn
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Supergrass
(P) 1995 Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Rushmore meets Girl, Interrupted
11 July 2001 | by carrierdodsonSee all my reviews

After seeing this film's premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, I cannot wait for it to be released in theatres. The acting is exceptional, especially on the part of Cillian Murphy. John Carney's direction is innovative and hopeful, and his free use of camera movements, angles and extreme close-ups adds so much to the depth of this film. Finally, the soundtrack is essential to the emotional impact of the movie. All in all, a versatile and funny film that is optimistic without nearing sappiness.


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