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Scream of Stone (1991)
"Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  3 October 1991 (Germany)
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Two famous competitive climbers make a bet on who can climb Cerro Torre, one of the most dangerous mountains in Argentina and the world, first. As the day of the climb approaches, their increasing competitiveness becomes destructive.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ...
Roccia
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Katharina
Stefan Glowacz ...
Martin
Al Waxman ...
Stephen
Gunilla Karlzen ...
Carla
Chavela Vargas ...
Indianerin
Georg Marischka ...
Werbeagent
Volker Prechtel ...
Himalaja-Bezwinger
Hans Kammerlander ...
Bergsteiger
Lautaro Murúa ...
Estanciero
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Fingerless
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Ivan
Amelie Fried ...
TV-Moderatorin
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TV-Regisseur
Wolfgang Müller
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A meeting of two world famous climbers, one an experienced mountaineer the other a sport climber, and a journalist (Ivan) results in a bet on which of the two is the best climber. Roger (the mountaineering expert) states that Martin (the sport climber) wouldn't survive a day on a 'real' climbing expedition, although he is considered to be the world's best sport climber (having just won an indoor 'world championship,' an event depicted in the opening scene). They plan to climb 'Cerro Torre,' in the Patagonia region of South America, near the Argentinian/Chilean border, one of the world's most difficult mountains, especially considering the extreme weather conditions common to the area. The rivalry among the two men results eventually in the death of their common friend and the stealing of Roger's girlfriend (Katrina) by Martin. In the end the rivalry results in a 'climb against time' in which Martin and Roger each attempt different routes up the mountain in a race to the summit. But ... Written by Albert Stam <stam@cs.utwente.nl>

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Trivia

Ivan gives Roccia a book by Bruce Chatwin. Chatwin was the author of the Viceroy of Ouidah which Werner Herzog adapted into his previous feature film Cobra Verde (1987). See more »

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During Roger's climb of Cerro Torre, in the scene immediately following the blizzard, several crew members can be seen in the reflection of his goggles. See more »

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Fingerless: The old..."finger snatcher". I'll tell you you one thing. No one ever never will get to the top. I'll tell you why. Because Cerro Torre is not a mountain. It's a scream of stone. Yeah.
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Journey on the Wind of Time I
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Eiger Sanction without spies.
3 November 1999 | by (Watsonville, California) – See all my reviews

Brad Dourif (Billy in Cukoo's Nest, Hazel in Wise Blood and the voice of Chucky) is hilarious as Fingerless, the other characters are the usual pathetic humanoids struggling with their dreams and weaknesses. The mountain is the obstacle to life's fulfillment, people are dammed to pursue their dreams to their own destruction and only the old woman in the house at the base of the mountain knows what life is all about. Call it documentary fiction with a cameo by Donald Sutherland as the climber's agent. My favorite scene has "Alpinists" on a fake German TV show debating the climbers using some of Herzog's usual crew of character actors to give that Alpine authenticity.

Boy am I glad Herzog finally found a vehicle to display his positive side.


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