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Sean Connery does not wear his toupée in this film.
Final feature film of actress Isabel Dean.
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Final film as a both producer and director for Fred Zinnemann. The film was Zinnemann's first movie in five years, his last having been Julia (1977) in 1977. Zinnemann was aged seventy-four when the picture was shot in 1981.
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Sigourney Weaver lobbied for the role of Kate.
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The film was made and released about fifty-three years after its source short story "Maiden, Maiden" by Kay Boyle had been first published in her anthology "Fifty Stories" in 1929.
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Sean Connery once described this movie's location work as "the most audacious piece if filmmaking I've ever been involved in. It was film production at the point of pioneering". Connery once recounted the worst moment he experienced whilst making the picture. Connery had to make a three hundred meter walk alone down a glacier known to be laden with crevasses hidden by a fresh snowfall and without safety markers. The marker poles were present during rehearsals but were not there during the actual filming as they would be seen in the shot. Connery said, "Inches on either side of the path there were ninety foot caverns. I could hear the sound of ice moving underneath me and behind me in the peaks, shifting all the time. That's the loneliest walk I've ever taken".
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Second movie that actor Lambert Wilson worked on with director Fred Zinnemann. Wilson had had a bit part in Zinnemann's previous picture Julia (1977).
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Actor Sean Connery was known for playing James Bond. After Thunderball (1965) he quit the series (though he later returned at different stages to make two more). The next film in the series after Connery left was On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) which like this film, was shot in the Swiss Alps, and had a serious romantic storyline.
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Halliwell's said that this movie was "...akin to the German epics of the early thirties".
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Reportedly, apparently producer-director Fred Zinnemann's idea of happiness was, according to him, "to sit on top of the Matterhorn wondering how to get down".
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Around 11-15 minutes of the movie were cut to reduce its running time from 108 to 93 minutes for its broadcast on American television on CBS in 1987.
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Head mountaineer guide Andrea Florineth's advice and warning to the cast and crew was, "If you fall, you must at all costs try to keep awake, because if you sleep you'll never wake up again".
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One of two 1982 movies that Sean Connery starred in and were first released during 1982. The other was Wrong Is Right (1982).

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