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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Robert J. Avrech (written by)
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Release Date:
9 November 1997 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Extreme Adventure. Extreme Danger.
Plot:
An adaptation of Jon Krakauer's best selling book, "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster"... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent Although Not The Whole Story See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Peter Horton ... Scott Fischer

Nathaniel Parker ... Rob Hall (as Nat Parker)

Richard Jenkins ... Beck Weathers

Christopher McDonald ... Jon Krakauer

Tim Dutton ... Andy Harris
Pamela Gien ... Sandy Hill Pittman

Peter J. Lucas ... Anatoli Boukreev

Long Nguyen ... Ang Dorje

Jeff Perry ... Doug Hansen

Ned Vaughn ... Neal Beidelman
Akemi Otani ... Yasuko Namba
Richard Rees ... Lopsang Sherpa
Stuart Milligan ... Dale Kruse
Nicholas Hewetson ... Tim Madsen
Luke Garrett ... Mike Groom
Romilly Weeks ... Charlotte Fox
Esther Hall ... Jan Arnold
David Forman ... Taiwanese Climber #1
Nigel Fan ... Taiwanese Climber #2
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Directed by
Robert Markowitz 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert J. Avrech (written by)

Produced by
David Minkowski .... co-producer
Rosalie Muskatt .... producer
Hans Proppe .... producer
Bernard Sofronski .... executive producer
Matthew Stillman .... co-producer
Deborah Edell Underwood .... associate producer
Rachel Verno .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
 
Cinematography by
Neil Roach (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Beatty 
 
Production Design by
Christiaan Wagener 
 
Art Direction by
Jindrich Kocí  (as Jindra Koci)
 
Set Decoration by
Astrid Sieben 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane 
 
Makeup Department
Jirí Farkas .... key hair stylist (as Jiri Farkas)
Meg Speirs .... key makeup artist
Eva Ungrová-Malíková .... hair stylist (as Eva Ungrová)
Eva Ungrová-Malíková .... makeup artist (as Eva Ungrová)
 
Production Management
Michal Skop .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Lawrence Ludwig .... first assistant director (as Carl Ludwig)
Jana Ludwigova .... second assistant director
Mirek Lux .... assistant director
Emily Stillman .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jiri Juda .... property master
Michael Lichtenegger .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Suzanne Angel .... adr editor
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Petr Forejt .... boom operator
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Jones .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Lyle .... supervising sound editor
Jay Patterson .... production sound
Dennis Sager .... sound engineer
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
David C. Eichhorn .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Karl-Heinz Bochnig .... special effects coordinator (as Karl Heinz Bochnig)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Chalupa .... key grip
Martin Grosup .... camera operator
Avraham Leibman .... gaffer (as Abraham Leibman)
Franz Schrems .... director of photography: second unit
Jan Carda .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Judith Holstra .... casting: U.S.
Jeremy Zimmermann .... casting: U.K.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarka Zvolenska .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Z. Jean Woods .... assistant editor
Ed Twiford .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Don Sanders .... music editor
 
Other crew
Leo Baumgartner .... climbing technical advisor
Kathi Danielson .... production accountant
Denny Flinn .... assistant to executive producer
Monika Hanzlikova .... assistant: Mr. Markowitz
Ron Hart .... production assistant
Andy House .... production executive
Todd M. Lachniet .... production coordinator (as Todd Lachniet)
Lida Ordnungova .... production coordinator
Pavlina Prikrylova .... assistant production coordinator
Francesco Stazzonelli .... location manager
Carol Stewart .... script supervisor
Christian Stoltz .... production assistant
Jiri Tichacek .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Did You Know?

Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The surname of one of the climbing guides, Anatoli Boukreev, is mispronounced twice by people who would know well the correct pronunciation. Both Scott Fischer and the narrator in voiceover (Krakauer) pronounce it "BOUK-reave", when it is actually "BOUK-ar-YEY-yev."See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Although Not The Whole Story, 2 March 2008
Author: webmouse from United States

"Into Thin Air: Death On Everest" is a wonderful film and a good start into understanding -- if that is possible -- the need some people have to climb mountains. The film covers the main events of Krakauer's experience and condenses characters to fit the needs of a 90 minute TV film. While the basics are here, the story has been greatly slimmed down and the amount of time involved, truncated. For instance, I would have liked to have seen the daring helicopter rescue by a very brave Nepalese army pilot. To mark a landing spot, those on the mountain made a large X in the snow with a red sports drink.

Since the film was produced directly from Krakauer's book, it does not reference other accounts. Krakauer later admitted that some of the details he wrote were incorrect because he was as addled as everyone else, mistaking one climber for another. Krakauer's book is only one of several accounts of the tragic climb that took a fifteen lives in all. This movie could have used an extra half hours to cover more details, but it is fair to say that this is not meant to be a documentary. It comes down to a study of human hubris when faced with the drive to challenge the highest peak on Earth.

For those who want to understand the complexity of the real drama, it is necessary to study the other points of view, some of which contradict Krakauer. A good second film to watch is the IMAX film "Everest" which was filmed during the same climb. Anatoli Boukreev wrote a reply to Krakauer in his book "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest." Scott Fisher's lead Sherpa, Lopsang, also responded to Krakauer's criticisms in writing. Tragically, both Boukreev and Lopsang died in separate climbing accidents not long after the fatal Everest events (Lopsang in September 1996 and Boukreev in December 1997).

For those who wonder about what it would be like to climb Everest, it is much safer to watch the film. It is about all the experience most of us will ever need.

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